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Understanding HVAC Short Cycling at Your Office

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You already know that the HVAC system cooling your business in Dallas Fort Worth Metroplex, is a central factor in overall efficiency of your company. Keep it running well, and your employees will stay comfortable and productive. Ensure that the system cleans the air as it should, and you’ll all stay healthy.

But without you even knowing, your system could be falling victim to one of the greatest threats to HVAC efficiency and, as a result, your profits: short cycling. By understanding short cycling and the dangers it poses to your HVAC, you can take steps to ensure your profits continue to rise.

What Is Short Cycling?

As your system is running, it goes through several heating or cooling cycles. The first cycle, where the system is ramping up to heat or cool your office, drains the most power and places the most strain on the system. “Short cycling” is when the system spends most of its running time in this startup cycle then turns off before completing the other cycles. This means that the system will continue to turn on and off throughout the day.

Short cycling can be caused by a variety of issues. A system that’s too large for the heating and cooling needs of the building will get the office to the set temperature before the system completes its cycles, resulting in short cycling. Ice forming on the evaporator coils as a result of leaking refrigerant or a dirty filter can also lead to short cycling.

Why Is Short Cycling a Problem?

Since short cycling forces the system to quickly turn on and off, it’s regularly draining more power than necessary. Constantly using so much power in the startup cycle also places greater strain on the system, which will inevitably raise utility bills and reduce the efficiency of the system.

You have plenty of things to worry about without your HVAC system adding to your problems. Don’t let short cycling keep you from the profits you’ve worked so hard to gain. If you’re concerned about your air conditioner short cycling, call Willard Cooling, Heating, Plumbing, & Electrical at 972-564-9785.

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