Ductwork condensation may form in the air ducts of your home. Once this problem begins, your ducts can become a breeding ground for bacteria and fungi. Since your air ducts are circulating conditioned air throughout your home, the mold spores and/or bacteria are being dispersed in your home through your vents. Mold spores and bacteria can take a toll on you and your family’s health.
To prevent condensation within your home’s ductwork, as well as the issues that come with it, take the following steps:
- Make sure your ducts are sealed properly. If you notice any leaks or areas where water damaged has occurred, repair that portion of the ductwork immediately.
- Minimize the amount of moisture in your home. By placing a dehumidifier in the areas of your home that are prone to moisture or investing in a whole-house system, you’ll be able to reduce ductwork condensation.
- Evaluate the condition of your condensate pan. This pan must be draining properly.
- Check out the cooling coils and the insulation surrounding them. You should make sure there aren’t any wet spots on the insulation.
- Use foam insulation to wrap your ducts, which will prevent condensation in your ducts and the buildup of moisture. Although you should ideally wrap as much of the ductwork as possible, even insulating just a few ducts can help.
For more information about ductwork condensation or any other HVAC issues, contact the pros at Robert R. McGill Air Conditioning. We’ve been serving homeowners throughout eastern Palm Beach, northern Broward and southern Martin counties since 1979.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in Palm Beach County, Florida about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).
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