Thermal tracking is also known as thermal bridging or ghosting. AirWorks, your heater and air condition expert, discusses this problem in depth below:
What Causes Thermal Tracking?
Thermal tracking is usually caused by a combination of building air movement, high indoor humidity and electrostatic attraction. Some thermal tracking stains appear in consistent patterns, while others are erratic.
How Does Thermal Tracking Form?
Thermal tracking is common on walls that have insufficient insulation. The stains often look like mold, but they’re usually just dust or soot deposits. When the wall studs are considerably colder than the drywall, condensation can develop, thus attracting dust particulates. Over time, debris will build up, making visible stains on walls and ceilings.
There are several factors that contribute to the distribution of airborne debris, like drafts, smoking, burning incense and dirty vacuum filters. This debris is circulated throughout your home by your air conditioning unit.
Take note, however, that air register stains on ceilings are not related to thermal tracking. This can indicate that you need HVAC repair due to a malfunctioning furnace or an air filter that requires maintenance.
How Should You Address Thermal Tracking?
Because thermal tracking is the result of abnormal temperature variations, it’s essential to maintain proper insulation in your home. You also need to seal the doors and windows, keep your rooms well-ventilated and stop burning candles and incense. Additionally, you should replace your furnace filters often, not only to prevent dust and debris from spreading throughout your home but also to avoid high energy costs.
Whether you need air conditioner repair or heater maintenance, turn to AirWorks right away. We offer a comprehensive range of HVAC and energy management solutions to keep your home cozy and energy-efficient all year round. Contact us today at (406) 630-4170 for more information about our products and services. We serve Whitefish, Kalispell, and surrounding areas in MT.