How Does Condensation Form On My Ductwork

airductWe’ve said it before and we’ll say it again, duct work are the perfect example of out of sight out of mind. When you do finally have time to glance at your home’s duct work, what you see can be alarming. From dust mites to spiderwebs, there are plenty of signs that there’s a lot that goes into cooling and warming your home. One of the things that you may notice on your duct work are beads of condensation. This is often recognized as sweating duct work. While the name is silly, these signs are often forewarning of serious problems.

While the condensation is forming on your duct work, it is capable of doing damage in plenty of other parts of your home. From a leaky ceiling to mold infestation, any condensation that forms on your ducts can lead to more severe damage. While this can happen in any state, the chances of damages being more severe are much more likely in states like Florida where humidity is an issue.  

How does condensation form on duct work?

Condensation forms for a variety of reasons. Here in Florida, the humidity is going to be the primary reason that condensation is able to form on your duct work. As temperature finally reaches dew point, the humidity is able to form into condensation that sticks to duct work and can drip onto the foundation of your home as well as your ceiling.

Why would condensation form on your duct work?

While this issue can happen in any state, or any home, it doesn’t. Here in High Springs the chances of condensation developing are much more likely because of the humidity, but again, it isn’t happening in every home. If you notice that there’s condensation in your home, there are a few reasons that it could be forming. One of the reasons is that your duct work doesn’t have enough insulation. The insulation of your duct work converts heat and ensures your duct work works efficiently, without enough, it’s easier for condensation to form. Another reason that this could happen is that there is too much moisture in the air within your home. In a city where humidity is inevitable, it goes without reasoning that this could be the cause of the issue.

Is there any way I can fix this on my own?

Unfortunately, a solution for this problem in its entirety will need to be done by a professional. While there are ways that you can minimize the amount of humidity in the air or even the amount of insulation surrounding your air ducts, it will take an expert to handle the situation to the full extent. One of the best ways to minimize humidity in your home is by using your air conditioning unit, which will remove humidity from the air. If you don’t have adequate amounts of insulation on your duct work, it’s time to up the amount. Call a professional to do this.

In order to avoid the consequences of mold infestations, a leaky ceiling or other damage to your home, take action when you notice this type of problem. At North Central Florida Air Conditioning, Inc., we have years of experience working in conditions that humidity affects. Call our office today to schedule an appointment.


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