HVAC Heat Anticipator

The reason for the heat anticipator is to limit the degree of swing between turning on the furnace and the temperature of the room. It is a resistance heater element that is inserted in series with the thermostat line that runs to the heat-contactor coil. Once the thermostat contacts are closed current flows through the resistor. This causes it to heat up. The heat generated by the resistor causes the thermostat to open slightly before the desired room temperature is reached by the heating system. This allows the heat in the plenum of the furnace to continue to heat the room. Thus, the resistor aids the thermostat in anticipating the amount of heat that will be provided to the room by using the heat already produced in the plenum.

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