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How to Prepare for a Las Vegas Winter

How to Prepare for a Las Vegas Winter

Don't Be Left Out In the Cold

By following these low or no-cost ways to make your home more energy efficient, your home can be safe and comfortable during the cold winter in Las Vegas:

  • Shut down your air conditioner - there really isn’t a process. Just be sure it’s off. You may cover the unit, but this really isn’t necessary.

  • Before using your fireplace - have your fireplace cleaned and inspected by a certified company.

  • Install a carbon monoxide detector - Choose one with an audible alarm and test it semi-annually.

  • Clean or replace air filters monthly - dirty filters cost money.

  • Use a programmable thermostat -By having the temperature at a constant setting that automatically adjusts according to usage you can save up to 10% annually on utility costs.

  • Adjust registers - Because hot air rises and cold air falls, leave lower floor registers open in winter and partially or completely close registers on your upper floors.

  • Check area around your furnace - Make sure all items are stored at least six inches away from equipment.

  • Check cold air returns - There should be at least 6 inches of space between furniture or objects and cold air returns.

  • Install a water heater blanket - Older water heaters may lack adequate insulation. Save money by installing an insulating water heater jacket. Follow manufacturer’s directions and DO NOT COVER the thermostat.

  • Seal cracks and openings in foundations, around windows, doors and electrical outlets with caulking or weather stripping.

  • Have adequate attic insulation - increase if less than 5 inches.

  • Seal leaking ducts and insulate - especially ductwork in crawlspaces, attics or garages.

  • Let the Sunshine in - Take advantage of the natural heat from the winter sun. Open window coverings on the south side of your home during the day, and close them at night.

  • Schedule annual maintenance - Last but most important, keep your system running at its best by having annual checkup!

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