Why Do AC Ducts Collect Junk?

Over time, your house is bound to collect a bit of clutter. This is normal. Granted some people go above and beyond to become a hoarder. Still, once in a while you’ll look around and feel the need to clear the clutter. Some call it spring cleaning, but chances are you do it more frequently than once a year. Just how your home collects clutter, so do your AC ducts. Between the seasons you should invest in air conditioning duct cleaning to remove that gunk. Here’s how it collects.

Air Duct Cleaning

Air Flow

As any matter travels, energy is lost to friction. As air flows through your vents, it moves particles of dirt and dust from one area of your home to another. These particles are made up of dirt from the outside or dead skin cells that get into the ducts through the vents. The air flow will pick these up and scatter them throughout your vents.

Lack of Maintenance

The longer you go between air conditioning duct cleaning, the more junk will collect. A dam-like effect follows. Once there are dust and grime collected, the more particles will stick to those particles, and so on. The longer you go between cleaning, the more junk will settle in your ducts.


Humidity is a problem for so many reasons in New England. First of all, it’s miserable and makes you sweat. Aside from the personal issues, it can lead to moisture gathering in your ducts. This moisture gives mold and mildew a chance to grow in your ducts. Mold and mildew, as well as fungus, have a bevy of adverse health effects. They can lead to allergies and asthma attacks.

Your ducts are just as likely to collect clutter as the junk drawer in your kitchen. Because of this, you need to stay on top of your air conditioning duct cleaning. For professional air duct services, contact Atlantic Bay Contracting at 617-782-4986 or visit us online.