Keeping Your Ducts in a Row: Condensation

Ductwork is often overlooked because it is hidden in the walls and ceilings of most homes. Homeowners tend to forget that the quality of your ducts can greatly impact the efficiency of your home’s HVAC system.

Even if you purchase the most energy efficient system on the market, and you seal all of your home’s thresholds, that energy could quickly go to waste if you haven’t taken the time to properly maintain your ducts.

One of the most difficult problems to arise from an improperly maintained system is condensation in your ductwork.

Why is Condensation Bad?

When cooling your home, your ducts fill with cool air. The warm air outside can cause water droplets to form. These droplets can quickly turn into mold & mildew, leading to unattractive smells and poor air quality inside your home. If moisture builds up, it can cause water damage and stain interior walls. Over time, too much condensation can cause major structural damage.

How Do I Correct Condensation?

The most effective way to correct condensation is proper insulation. If you have an older home, the ductwork can be retrofitted with special insulation. This additional padding around ducts eliminates the formation of harmful water droplets.

Make sure to periodically check the quality of your insulation. If it ages or becomes damaged, it can allow for gaps that allow water condensation to form. Correct this situation by adding additional insulation to problem areas.

How Do I Prevent Condensation?

Keeping your home cool and dry during humid weather is the most effective way to prevent condensation. You can do this by ensuring that your air conditioner and HVAC units are properly dehumidifying your home. Most of all, if you notice anything out of the ordinary, be sure to contact a professional to assess the situation.

ALPS has been serving Orange County since 1979. If you have issues with your home’s heating or cooling systems, we want to help! Contact us at 800-994-2577 to schedule an appointment for the care and attention your home’s HVAC system deserves.