Remember last summer when you would take your favorite cold beverage out of the refrigerator and then sit out on the porch? You probably noticed that the outside your beverage began to sweat. That is very similar to what is happening to your ductwork.
The cold air from your air conditioning unit flows through the ducts in your warm house and as humidity rises, so does the condensation inside our ductwork. This produces the sweating effect.
Occasional ductwork sweating is normal and should not send alarms ringing in your mind. But it is always a good idea to keep an eye on things we notice in our homes. Often these can turn into something that needs to be addressed.
How to fight ductwork sweating
- Humidity is the enemy. Try to keep the area your ductwork is located in properly insulated and away from as much moisture as possible.
- Airflow through ductwork is essential. Having them cleaned regularly helps the air to circulate evenly throughout. Replacing air filters on a regular basis is an inexpensive way to help maintain the efficiency of your A/C unit.
- Examine your ductwork. Just by simply placing your hand along ductwork, you can detect air leaking. You are paying for that cold air. Don’t let it escape into the attic or basement. Your A/C unit produces cold air for the comfort of you and your family.