Duct condensation occurs when warm and humid air meets cold and dry surfaces in your home’s ductwork. The result is water droplets forming on the walls of your ducts, which can damage insulation, cause biological growth and even lead to structural issues. Here are four tips to help you prevent condensation from forming in your home’s ductwork in Port Charlotte, FL:

Keep Humidity Levels Low

Between 30% and 50% is the recommended indoor humidity level for your home. Exceeding these levels can lead to excessive moisture in your ductwork that can cause condensation. Investing in a dehumidifier and adding exhaust fans to bathrooms, kitchens and laundry areas can help keep your home’s humidity levels in the optimal range.

Ensure Proper Insulation

Proper insulation acts as a barrier, preventing warm air from contacting the cooler surfaces inside your ducts, thereby reducing the likelihood of condensation. We recommend checking the insulation in your ductwork at least once a year. During this inspection, a comfort specialist can look for signs of water damage, discoloration or any breaks in the insulation material and complete the necessary AC repairs.

Check and Repair Leaky Ducts

Leaks in ductwork most commonly occur at the joints where duct sections connect but can also develop from physical damage or deterioration over time. When ducts leak, warm and humid air infiltrates them, leading to increased condensation that’s likely to cause structural damage and promote biological growth. Hire HVAC professionals to conduct regular inspections and seal leaky ducts.

Change Air Filters Regularly

When you have clogged air filters, they impede airflow and increase system pressure, resulting in warm air entering the cold ducts more frequently and causing condensation buildup. Clean or replace your filters at least once every three months, depending on your filter type and the level of pollutants in your home.

Maintaining your home’s HVAC system is the key to preventing costly and damaging duct condensation. Contact Executive Cooling and Heating for all your residential and commercial maintenance services in Port Charlotte, FL.

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