Condensation Inside Your Home
Homes can have condensation problems for many reasons, and sometimes your problem can come from multiple sources working together—making the process of fixing extreme levels of condensation difficult.
Two types of condensation exist: visible and concealed.
- Visible condensation occurs on surfaces as water, frost, and ice. You may see it on insulation vapor retarders, skylights, cold water pipes, and cooling ducts.
- Concealed condensation is more damaging and difficult to deal with. It occurs when moisture is passed into the building’s interior and condenses on a surface that has a temperature at or below the dew point.
With a little investigation and adjustment, however, you can probably regulate condensation levels in your home without too much effort.
The first step is identifying potential causes of moisture. Secondly, you’ll want to examine your home and account for some conditions that may add to condensation. Third, you’ll be able to come up with a specific plan to help reduce moisture in your home.
Indoor Condensation in the Winter
In the wintertime, the very things that help keep the house warm (storm windows, added insulation) also contribute to additional condensation. What you want to watch for is running water on your windows; if you see drops of water running down the panes, you’ll want to reduce the level of indoor humidity. (Think of how a window in the bathroom looks after a hot shower.)
Indoor Condensation in the Summer
In the summer, humidity levels are a little more inconsequential. They should be adjusted more to what is comfortable for you.
Fixing Indoor Condensation Levels
In the summertime, It’s moisture in the air that makes you “feel” hot temperatures. That’s why 105° in Arizona seems cooler and more comfortable than 85° in Florida. The moisture in the air means less evaporation from your skin.
A great way to easily get a grip on condensation is by examining your home’s air conditioner and furnace. Air conditioners will cool your home and help with moisture removal. While a window unit could provide some added benefits, we highly recommend a central air conditioning system or a ductless system. If your not sure what system you want or need, contact us. We’d be happy to send one of our estimators out (free of charge) to help you decide on an air conditioner and furnace.
Whole House Dehumidifier
Another way you can reduce the amount of condensation in your home is to have Spurk HVAC install a high-efficiency whole house dehumidifier on your current mechanical system. These whole house dehumidifiers can remove up to 9 gallons of water per day!
About Spurk HVAC
Spurk HVAC was formed in 2018 and is located in Warrendale, Pennsylvania. We proudly serve Cranberry Twp., Wexford, Gibsonia, Mars, and the surrounding areas. We are an American Standard Customer Care Dealer and a Mitsubishi Diamond Contractor. We service all makes and models. Please contact us if you are seeking air conditioner repair, air conditioning maintenance, air conditioning replacement, heating repair, heating system replacement, or any other heating & cooling services. Whether you are looking for residential or commercial HVAC services, we look forward to any and all opportunities to become your preferred HVAC contractor.