How to Prevent Condensation in Your Ductwork

Hvac Ductwork

Have you noticed condensation build up in your home? You might have a condensation issue in your ductwork. Condensation forms when warm, humid air comes into contact with a colder surface like your air conditioner’s ductwork. This colder surface then chills the surrounding air to a temperature below it’s dew point which causes the water vapor to condense into a liquid, just like on the outside of a glass filled with a cold beverage on a hot day. As you can imagine, this is not good for your ductwork. Let’s explore ways to help prevent condensation in your ductwork.

Proper Insulation

Properly insulating your ductwork is one of the best ways to prevent condensation from building up in your duct system. Insulations helps to regulate the temperature and ensure that it is maintained as the air travels through your home. The ductwork in unconditioned areas, such as attics, floors and ceilings is where ductwork insulation is imperative.
The ductwork in your home should be constructed with special insulation that helps in cutting down and getting rid of the formation of harmful water droplets.
Over time, insulation can become aged or damaged. This leaves gaps that allow water condensation to form within your home’s ductwork. This situation is correctable by adding additional insulation in these problem areas.

Dehumidify Your Home

In order to prevent condensation in your ducts, it is important to keep your home cool and dry during hot and humid weather. To do this, make sure your air conditioner is properly dehumidifying your home.

If you have issues with your air conditioner or would like for us to check your ductwork, contact us at 813-929-HAWK (4295) or 727-SAME-DAY for fast friendly service.

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