PTAC units are individualized heating and cooling units that are most often used in apartments and hotels, especially, here in New York. PTAC units can help cool smaller rooms and apartments with ease. However, when neglected they can cause a number of problems, including severe condensation build up inside the room or apartment. When condensation continually affects an apartment or room, mold and bacteria will invade the area making the area somewhat hazardous. Agape Air Conditioning, Heating & Plumbing will share how to properly maintain PTAC units and prevent severe condensation accumulation.
Regular Inspections of PTAC Units
Whether you manage a hotel or are living in an apartment with a PTAC unit, know it requires regular maintenance in order to run correctly. Since PTAC units are prone to developing condensation regular maintenance can help prevent compromising the PTAC unit’s components that often lead to failure and condensation. It is recommended to have an ongoing scheduled maintenance service to assure the PTAC units never gets neglected.
Signs of Moisture Problems in PTAC Units
When PTAC units cause condensation within an area, often you will notice odors or find mildew or mold inside the building. Moisture can be due to a number of things such as leaks. However, often the PTAC unit is responsible. When your room or apartment feels muggy, has musty odors, or has mold or mildew on the walls or ceiling, have the PTAC unit inspected and serviced. Mold most often develops around vents and windows first. Regularly monitor windows and air vents for early signs of mold.
Get a Hygrometer for Your Room or Apartment
To prevent the PTAC unit developing too much condensation, it is recommended to monitor the indoor air quality of the apartment or room with a hygrometer. Due to New York’s climate, combined with PTAC units, naturally it will cause additional moisture in the air. Therefore, you will want to monitor the humidity in the room or apartment. When the humidity level seems higher than normal, it could be a sign there is extra stress on the PTAC unit. The unit may need servicing during times of high humidity which occurs during the summer season.
Proper Sizing of PTAC Unit
One of the most common problems with PTAC units causing condensation is when the unit is over-sized for the area. Often it is a common misconception that a bigger unit means quicker and cheaper cooling or heating efficiency. However, the PTAC unit must be properly sized and calculated for the size of the area. If not, then severe condensation is a result. When replacing a PTAC units for an apartment or other building make sure it is properly sized to prevent condensation. When replacing the unit, make sure to have a professional HVAC technician calculate for the proper PTAC unit size as well as the square footage for the area that will be cooled or heated.
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Due to New York’s climate, PTAC units require proper maintenance, monitoring, and sizing to prevent condensation from accumulating inside the room or apartment which can lead to mold, mildew and moisture damage. For PTAC, HVAC and plumbing maintenance, repair and replacement services, contact Agape Air Conditioning, Heating & Plumbing and schedule our services today.