When the wind blows through the Las Vegas valley, dust particles can lodge in the mechanisms that you depend on to keep your home comfortable, healthy, and productive—and new residents can learn that “desert climate” does not always mean “hot weather”.
Temperatures in Vegas can drop to the 30s during the winter. Sometimes it’s only after moving here that new residents discover how cold the desert can get, says Joanne Arballo, a subject matter expert at Southwest Gas who helps locals get the information they need for home weatherization.
“Basically you’re tightly sealing the home, preventing air from leaking indoors-to-out, and outdoors-to-in,” says Arballo.
To keep dust and wind out—and power bills a bit lower—Arballo recommends adding the following home weatherization activities to your lifestyle:
When should you start weatherizing? When you’ve stopped using your air conditioner, that’s a good time to prepare your home for winter weather, says Arline Rick, Eligibility Specialist at HELP of Southern Nevada, a local nonprofit organization that assists about 600 low-income households per year in weatherizing their homes.
As for how long it takes to weatherize a home, Rick says that depends on how extensive your to-do list is. However, one week should be enough time to do the following:
By weatherizing your home for winter, you can get a head start on saving energy this winter.
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