It is that time of year when we start looking toward cooler weather. In the Las Vegas area that rarely means extended periods of icy, wintry weather. However, there are still a small number of things that you can and should do to prepare your home to be more safe and energy efficient during the cold months.
Do It Yourself
Covering windows with shades or curtains can help reduce heat loss up to 10%. Open shades during the day to let warming sun in.
Install a programmable thermostat so you can more easily adjust heating times.
Change vent and humidifier filters (best performed every 6 months!).
Reverse your ceiling fan to turn clockwise so an updraft is created, pushing warm air around the room without creating a breeze.
Seal air leaks around windows and doors using the appropriate caulk, weatherstripping, or foam sealant.
Change the batteries in carbon monoxide and smoke detectors (best performed every 6 months!).
In case of a power outage stock up on candles, flashlights, and batteries.
Drain your hot water heater to get sediment out, doing this improves it’s efficiency by up to 50% (best performed every 6 months!).
Schedule A Professional
Schedule a licensed HVAC professional to perform a heater check up and cleaning.
Schedule a gas technician or health dealer to perform a gas fireplace check up. He will check gas lines, clean the burner and check for condensation. Here’s one in Las Vegas that gets great Google reviews.
Hire a professional to winterize your swimming pool. Winter preparations may include draining and lubricating the pipes, and adjusting the water level and chemicals. You may consider tightly covering your pool for the season, as well.
While we rarely experience severe winter weather in the Southwest, it still makes sense to prepare. Worst case scenario, you may avoid a burst pipe or heater fire. Best case scenario, you save a few dollars by preventing drafts and best utilizing your heating system.
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