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Cycle rate lets you decide how often the furnace is to come on in an hour's time, this feature lets the thermostat adapt to what equipment it is connected too by user input
Every heating system type will deliver heat to the house at a slightly different rate.
The cycling rate provides you with the flexibility to set the cycle rate adjustment to match your specific heating system, whether it is gas or oil forced air, high efficiency forced air, electric forced air, or baseboard hot water.
but what does that matter-I thought that the system will run until it reaches the set point provided by the t-stat-whether it be a 1/2 degree swing or 1 degree swing or more. Wouldn't this determine how ofter the system will come on & off in a hour?
Well it does matter with steam systems verses hot air and hot water
And what is better to have-a t-stat that allows this CPH or adjustable swing?
Really when set correctly you don't even notice any difference
I like the CPH
Honeywell started using this on there early setback thermostats
So I take it you personally use Honeywell & would recommend this brand over WR or Robertshaw or Lux?
Where older ones were control with small heater called heat anticipation which turned off heating before it got to setpoint so it did not swing over
And what model of Honeywell do you recommend?
I have the pro vision
In your opinion are all the Honeywell t-stats the same or are some better than others?
White rodgers makes nice unit also
What about Robertshaw?
Good brand also
have not used one in a while though
I stick to what I know works and easy to program