Happy Heating & Cooling Blog: Archive for January, 2019

Normal Cycling vs. Short-Cycling Furnaces

Monday, January 21st, 2019

inspecting-thermostatWay back in the early days of HVAC, the game was simple: heat your home as fast as possible. Naturally, that meant installing the biggest and baddest equipment. And while that may have been effective, it certainly wasn’t cheap.

Now, we know that the best approach is one that balances power and efficiency. That’s why your furnace will naturally cycle on and off. Instead of blasting hot air continuously, it uses cycles to gradually warm the entire home. This also keeps it warmer longer, too.

So if your furnace is rapidly turning on and off, that can be a huge problem. It’s called short-cycling, and here’s what you have to know about it:

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Ductless vs. Ducted Heating: Is One Better?

Monday, January 7th, 2019

blue-question-markIn the world of HVAC, there are two approaches to heating your home: with or without a duct system.

If you’re not familiar, the ducts are the passages that transport heated air through the home. In a sense, they’re the middle-man between you and your heater. But not every system requires ducts, so that begs the question:

Is it better to have ducts, or not to have them?

We’ll spoil you now and admit that the real answer is “it depends.” But if you keep reading, we’ll walk you through that reasoning.

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