With my furnace problems and my oversize (168,000 input BTU/hr, 80% efficient) furnace being on only 1/3 of the time in winter, today I measured a cycle, once the setpoint had been reached.
It was the blower being four minutes on and 6 minutes off, a 40% duty cycle.
I have never been able to get a definition of short cycling but this sounds like an example of it.
Four minutes on is probably too short in any case but once the setpoint is reached I'd think a low duty cycle is expected.
Anybody have a short cycling definition for house HVAC, what it is and what it is not? It should probably involve both on-time and duty cycle. Maybe you'd also need a per hour basis to take into account the heat capacity of the house?