A leaky duct system is losing more than air

Did you know that your home’s duct system could be losing as much as 20 percent of its air? Here’s a tip from Horry Electric Cooperative  that can help your heating and cooling system work more efficiently—and save you money.

A leaky duct system wastes energy, increasing your utility bill. So it makes sense to find and eliminate those leaks. According to TogetherWeSave.com, sealing the air ducts in your home can save you up to $177 a year.

Saving money is one good reason to seal your ducts. But there are other reasons, too. A leaky duct system affects your quality of life. It makes the rooms in your home stuffy and less comfortable—not cool enough in the summer or warm enough in the winter. And because insulation particles, dust and pollen can enter a leaky system, they may affect your home’s indoor air quality.

The first step is to find the biggest air leaks in your home. In the attic, the greatest duct leaks are typically found where the walls meet the attic floor, above drop ceilings and overhangs and behind attic walls. Look for insulation that is dirty or discolored, indicating that air has been moving through it. In the basement, ducts are often located along the top of the basement wall. Duct runs that go through the basement ceiling to the floors above can be sources of leaks.

Next, you can begin sealing the leaks that you have found.

For other tips on how to save energy—and money—visit Touchstone Energy’s energy-saving website or call the energy advisors at Horry Electric Cooperative.

Find out how the little changes add up at www.TogetherWeSave.com.

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