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 Heating and Cooling Tips: A 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 Oklahoma Electric Cooperative that  you money. A leaky duct system wastes energy, increasing your utility bill.


 TogetherWeSave.com, sealing the air ducts in your home can save you up to $177 a year.


attic, the greatest duct leaks are typically found where the walls


 walls. Look for insulation that is dirty or discolored. This indicates 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  Next, you can begin sealing the leaks that you have found. 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. For other tips on how to save energy—and money—visit Touchstone


Energy’s energy-saving website or call the energy experts at Oklahoma Electric Cooperative at 405-321-2024. Find out how the little changes add up at www.TogetherWeSave.com.


LAST


WEEKEND, I SEALED MY AIR


DUCTS AND MY WALLET.


I’m saving $177 a year by sealing my air ducts. What can you do? Find out how the little changes add up at TogetherWeSave.com.


TOGETHERWESAVE.COM TIP


Right Size, Right System


Choosing the right heating and cooling system for your home is a matter of asking the right questions, getting the right contractor, and installing the right size. Here are some tips:


Right Questions


 What’s the weather like in my region?


 How many people live at my house?


 What type of energy efficiency upgrades have I made to tightly seal my house?


Right Contractor


 Only a NATE (North American Technician Excellence)-certified contractor should install your heating and cooling system.


 Your contractor should use computer software to calculate the size of system your home needs.


Right Size


 Systems that are too large are:   


 Central air conditioners and heat pumps that are too large don’t run long enough to dehumidify the air, which can spur mold


 feeling clammy.


Need more information? Visit TogetherWeSave.com.


Sources: EnergySavers.gov, Cooperative Research Network


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