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    Why Is There Condensation on My Air Ducts at Work?

    Wednesday, September 16, 2015  |  Smoak's Comfort Control

    Air ducts in an office

    Heating and cooling commercial services come with their own distinct set of complications. The climate in Charleston doesn’t help either, and often aids in problems not seen outside the South. Condensation is a great example, and you won’t be surprised to find out why. It’s caused by high humidity levels.

    There are two main causes behind condensation on ductwork:

    1. Ductwork isn’t insulated enough.

    Many property owners question whether HVAC is really so complicated, and then they run into a situation requiring a precise understanding of science to figure out. Humidity is the amount of moisture in the air. Once it gets too humid, moisture begins to form throughout your home.

    The problem is that “too humid” is a state that constantly fluctuates based on air temperature, elevation and numerous other factors. The dew point—the point when moisture begins to form—gets lower as temperatures drop, so ductwork without proper insulation collects water as the air around it cools off.

    These sections need enough insulation to ensure this doesn’t happen, because that moisture doesn’t stay on ductwork for long. It drips off and collects on surrounding building materials, leading to potential electrical damages and mold growth.

    2. The humidity in a building isn’t regulated.

    Today’s HVAC technology allows for easy climate control, including humidity regulation. Ideal rates are between 30 and 60 percent. Higher than that, and condensation will be a problem. Lower and you’ll suffer the consequences of too-dry air, including workers with cold-like symptoms. Smoak’s Comfort Control can help you select the perfect humidity solution for your facility.

    Click this link to schedule a heating and cooling commercial services visit online or call 843-556-9550 today. Smoak’s Comfort Control techs are experts at solving HVAC problems throughout the Charleston area.

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