Can Cold Weather Be a Real Cause of HVAC Condensation?

Winter is approaching and the air is getting colder. However, in Florida, the humidity is still pretty high. This can lead to HVAC condensation problems. Here’s how to know if you have an issue and what to do about it.

Signs of HVAC Condensation

Your AC is designed for condensation, which is a natural byproduct of the cooling process, and there are measures in place to take care of it. However, it can still lead to problems during cooler weather. When there’s high humidity, condensation tends to form on cold surfaces, including places it shouldn’t be.

If you see condensation on your AC vents or registers, it’s a problem. It may even mean moisture inside your vents. If left unchecked, this can lead to water damage, as well as mold and mildew, which get circulated through your home. Not only is this dangerous to breathe, it’s expensive to have removed. If you notice unwanted condensation, call your HVAC technician immediately to take care of it.

Preventing HVAC Condensation

If you want to prevent excess moisture, start by ensuring your ducts are properly insulated. Insulation creates a barrier between the ducts and the humid air surrounding them. If your ducts are already insulated, check that there are no tears, holes, or general wear and tear to the insulation that can occur over time.

Also make sure the area where your ducts are located is properly ventilated and remember to change your air filters regularly. Not only do clogged filters hinder ventilation, condensation can form around dust and debris. Check your filter every month and change it every three to six months as needed.

Finally, don’t forget your annual HVAC maintenance visit. If there are other issues that may cause condensation around your HVAC system, such as a clogged drain line or an air leak, your HVAC technician can spot it and fix it before it causes bigger problems.

To learn more about HVAC condensation and what you can do about it, contact us at NisAir Air Conditioning and Heating. Martin, Palm Beach, and Indian River counties trust us for quality home-comfort solutions.

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