?????Ok first off..what kind of thermostat do you have? you stated that there was no mention of a lockout set point on your stat... some stats have hidden programming built in and are accessed by holding several buttons down for several seconds... anyway, the stat should have been programmed by your installer which would have included a lockout point for your HP compressor or if you have a zoned system that uses a zone board the lockout point could be set there. either way you would need an outdoor air sensor for this feature, so you can trace the wire back to see where it is going. Your compressor is also locked out if you ever put your stat in emergency heat mode. The reason for a lockout is that you never want to have both primary and auxilliary heating running at the same time. But you want your efficient HP to work for as long as you can get it to run efficiently ...right around 30° is where I find it not to put out enough heat for it to run any longer so you turn it off or "lockout" the HP and go to auxilliary oil/propane/electric/ etc. but When the outdoor temperature is between the two temperatures, both the Compressor and Auxiliary Heat operate with some stat models.
You also asked about recovery time.. again what kind of thermostat are you using? Recovery is displayed when the heating or cooling system is activated before a set point For example: Set the Wake time to 6 am, and the temperature to 70°. The heat will come on before 6 am, so the temperature
is 70° by the time you wake at 6. The message Recovery is displayed when the system is activated before a scheduled time period.