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Size Your New Heater Properly

by Denver Plumbing, HVAC and Electrical

Denver, CO gets cold winters and this year is no exception. If your heating system is on its last legs, you may need to schedule a replacement session before the spring. To do otherwise is to risk a major breakdown in the middle of a serious cold front.

But there’s more to installing a new heater than simply popping it into place. Several very important calculations need to be made, including the proper power levels of the new system. Most people know that an underpowered system can be very problematic since it will run constantly and never really get the home warm.But they may be surprised to learn that overpowered heating systems are ever worst.

Short Cycling

At first glance, that flies in the face of all logic. Don’t you WANT your new system to warm the home quickly? In point of fact, however, you don’t. Heaters use far more power turning on and turning off than they do just running, which means you want your new heater to run for at least fifteen minutes at a time.

Otherwise, it engages in a process known as short cycling: running for a short period of time and turning off, only to turn on again a short while later as the cold weather cools down your house. That’s very hard on the heater: not only raising your monthly bills, but adding strain on individual components and increasing the risks of a breakdown. Over time, it could even shorten the life of the heater considerably. the ideal heater for your home follows what we like to call The Goldilocks Rule: neither overpowered nor underpowered, but just right.

If you’re in the market for a new heating system in Denver, CO, let the friendly pros at Bel Home Solutions install it the right way!

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