High Energy Bills? It Could Be Your Leaking Ductwork

High Energy Bills? It Could Be Your Leaking Ductwork

A cooling system is essential to beat the hot weather of Central Florida. However, you can be leaking money when your air conditioning unit is not working as it should. There can be many reasons your A/C unit is inefficient – one of which is due to leaky ductwork. Although this problem can lead to more significant issues with your unit, many homeowners are surprisingly unaware that there is a problem with their ductwork. The leaking might be due to the condensation on your ducts, a common problem in the South, where humidity levels are usually high.

What causes condensation to form on your ductwork?

You might have learned about condensation from your high school chemistry, but here’s a little refresher. Condensation is when water vapor turns into a liquid form. The colder the air, the more likely that the water will condense. Since your A/C unit’s ductwork has a colder surface, the humid air that comes into contact with it will condense into a liquid.

Have you ever noticed the liquid that forms outside of a glass of cold water? It is precisely how condensation around your ductwork takes place. Adequate insulation is vital in preventing condensation on ductwork. There will be too much moisture coming into contact with your ductwork when there is insufficient insulation. Condensation forms in crawlspaces such as your attic when there is an excessive amount of humidity.

Why should you take condensation on ductwork seriously?

You might not consider ductwork condensation a problem at first. After all, your A/C unit is still working perfectly fine. However, once the water condenses, it does not evaporate. It drips into your home, which is the cause of another problem. When the water drips off onto your insulation, the water reduces the ability of your insulation to insulate.

You will also notice that your ceiling starts to leak if left unchecked. Telltale signs of condensation – discolored spots on your ceiling – are both unsightly and hazardous if due to mold. Mold poses a severe threat to your health if you do not pay attention to it. Since water rots drywall, your ceiling will eventually collapse if the problem is not fixed.

A Sudden Surge In Your Bills

Your HVAC system will efficiently blow quality indoor air if it is in perfect working condition. The ductwork is an essential component that carries conditioned air all throughout your rooms. The problem arises when your ductwork is not sealed, causing cool air to leak, which reduces comfort and efficiency but increases your utility bills.

Condensation on ductwork can affect the integrity of your ducts causing air to leak.

When your cooling system loses approximately 30% of the air, because of holes and rips, there will be inconsistencies in temperature. One room may have a sufficient amount of conditioned air while the other does not. Your home will also be attracting dirt, dust, fumes and other contaminants, which affect the quality of your indoor air.

Fixing Leaking Ductwork

Sealing the leaks is one way to prevent secondary problems from taking place. Sealant compound, tape, and aerosols take care of the holes on your ductwork. While they do a great job sealing the ductwork, you will still need to hire HVAC technicians to resolve the problem with your cooling system. They are going to conduct a thorough inspection to make sure your air conditioning unit will have better airflow.

Action Cooling and Heating of Central Florida
211 HWY 27S, Unit 101
Sebring FL 33870
(863) 440-5100