Living in Las Vegas, NV, and the surrounding desert areas involve extreme temperature swings between nighttime lows and daytime highs. It’s not unusual for there to be a 50-degree temperature change between 5:00 am and 5:00 pm, explains the National Weather Service. These extremes can be tough on your home’s heating and cooling system. Read on to learn five tips on how to deal with these extreme temperature swings in the desert.
Install a Programmable or Smart Thermostat
When you’re gone to work or running errands, you won’t be home to make manual temperature adjustments. A programmable or smart thermostat simplifies this for you. These thermostats allow you to program schedules. They can go from heating functions overnight to cooling functions during the day. Smart thermostats learn your schedule and can be controlled with an app on your smartphone. They work with your home’s Wi-Fi network.
Focus on SEER Ratings
Living in Las Vegas means that you’ll need more cooling power than heating power. If you’re in the market for a new, energy-efficient heating and cooling system, a heat pump is a great option. Look for one with the highest seasonal energy efficiency ratio (SEER) rating you can afford. Also, look for heat pumps or air conditioners with the Energy Star certificate. According to Energy Star, they use 8% less energy compared to conventional new central air conditioning systems.
Reduce Your Home’s Cooling and Heating Load
Your heating and cooling system has a tough job trying to deal with the extreme temperature swings in Las Vegas. You can lighten the heating and cooling load by adding more insulation. Get your ducts sealed. Add caulk and weatherstripping around doors and windows. Use blackout curtains during the daytime.
To learn more about how to efficiently deal with the extreme daytime and nighttime temperature swings of the desert, take a look at Infinity Heating and Cooling’s installation services, or contact our experienced HVAC professionals today.