Deciding to Seek Help For Your AC Unit

By the time you finally get into bed at night, you might not want nothing more than to watch a fun television show in your cool, air conditioned master bedroom. Unfortunately, if you are experiencing trouble with your air conditioner, you might find yourself in a stuffy, uncomfortable space instead. However, air conditioning trouble doesn't have to come as a surprise. If you can learn to recognize the signs of trouble early, you might be able to call in the professionals before things turn sour. On my blog, you will be able to read through loads of helpful information on HVAC, so that you can detect trouble before it ruins your sleep.

Preventing Condensation On Your Air Conditioning Ducts

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During the summer, you may notice that the ducts of your air conditioning system begin to sweat, or develop condensation. This is usually harmless and not typically cause for expensive repairs, but it can also lead to the growth of mold and may cause rust or rot in surrounding materials. In order to prevent this condensation from forming, walk through the following four steps, or contact your local air conditioning service to have the problem solved professionally. 

Checking Your Filters

Condensation forms when a cold surface is exposed to warm air, forcing tiny droplets of airborne water to gather and pool on the surface. Cold air moving through your ducts is normal, but when your filter is clogged and dirty, that cold air can become trapped within the ducts and drive down temperatures significantly. Whenever you see condensation on your ducts, your first action should be to double check that your filter has been changed recently. 

Increasing Ventilation Around Your Ducts

Condensation is more likely to form in warm, humid environments, which you should avoid as much as possible in your home anyways. Humidity, of course, signifies a high water content in the air, providing more water to coat your ducts. If your attic or basement is too humid, you can fix the issue by increasing ventilation or running a dehumidifier. Try opening up windows and installing an exhaust fan to encourage air circulation around your ducting. 

Repairing or Adding to the Insulation

Most air conditioning systems are insulated to raise the temperature of the outside surface and minimize the heat loss of cold air as it moves through your home. This causes your duct to remain warmer compared to the surrounding air, decreasing the amount of condensation collected. But this insulation has a tendency to break down over the years, or it may not be sufficient to meet the needs of your specific system. Replacing it or adding another layer may be exactly what you need to stop the sweating. 

Installing a Vapor Barrier

The shiny metallic sheets that typically coat air conditioning ducts are vapor barriers, meant to protect insulation from any incoming moisture. But in particularly damp areas like a crawlspace, installing vapor barriers along surrounding surfaces or the ground can help contain water vapor and keep your ducts dry. If you aren't comfortable with home improvement projects like this or still have a problem with condensation on your ducts, call a professional air conditioning repair service to have the issue looked at and corrected by the experts. 

For air conditioning services, contact a company such as Elite Heating, Cooling and Plumbing.

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11 July 2016