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Tests can help determine how inefficient your home is

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KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -

Your home is cold in the winter, hot in the summer and your utility bills are sky high.

Your windows, ducts and attic could be leaking air, creating energy efficient issues. And getting new windows isn't likely to solve the problem, said Samantha Geier of Green CAT Services.

"They really need to concentrate on sealing the air leakage," said Geier who does energy audits on homes.

Mark Rixon of Green Collar Institute said homeowners shouldn't heat and cool the attic. Sealing and insulation have better long-term paybacks than new windows, he said.

"It's very important to do the house as a whole. You don't want to keep slapping Band Aids. You don't want an oversized HVAC. You want to reduce that load by air sealing, insulating and tightening up the home," Rixon said. "We can reduce the size of that equipment, up the efficiency and lower those utility bills."

Tests can determine how much air is leaking and where you need to fix building flaws and seal up cracks. A recent test found enough cracks and leaks in a home that it added up to the size of a 3-foot-square-foot hole, or keeping a window open all the time.

Efficiency First, a nonprofit group that promotes home performance professionals like Green CAT, can help homeowners find contractors to make needed repairs.

"You can be more comfortable and lower your utility bills," Geier said.

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