The Las Vegas heat is legendary, and is one of the primary aspects that defines the city. Lets face it, when you have been living here for a while you recognize that our summers function very much like the winters on the east coast. You can be out in it for short periods of time, but you are going to spend the majority of your time inside in a climate controlled room. In the winters this will mean having the heat on, which many people think isn’t the case in Las Vegas. Even though it is the desert and is very hot in the summer, we do have winters as well that you need heat during. This is generally gas heat, and will cost a certain amount of money each month depending how warm you like your home to be. The summers are a different story, and you are going to need to run your air conditioner. If you try to not use air conditioning, it can actually become dangerous for living things, and the homes can quickly go over 100 degrees inside. This is why it is important to keep your air conditioners well maintained, because nothing is worse than having your air go out in the summer time. A well maintained and properly working air conditioning system is critical to living in Las Vegas.
Many people think that this is all you need, and in many cases it is however you are not going to enjoy the typical bills that come with an average sized home in this area. During the summers your electric bill can easily go over 300 dollars a month because the air is running 24 hours a day. In order to reduce these bills, you are going to need to invest in your home. This will mean spending money now for things that will ultimately pay for themselves over time. Having your home well insulated will help to reduce electric bills by keeping the cool air from leaking to the outside, but there is another improvement to your home that can save significant amounts of money over time and also improve your homes value. That thing is the installation of plantation shutters.
Plantation shutters were developed for the specific purpose of keeping out both hot and cold air during extreme seasons. Well made shutters are going to be able to provide a nearly complete seal against the heat that is generated on window surfaces that are directly in the sunlight. These surfaces can reach 150 degrees, and will heat up the air around them. Without a solid barrier, this hot air comes into your home and circulates, causing your air conditioner to have to work harder to keep the air in the home cool. The installation of shutters in a typical Las Vegas home will run upwards of 3 to 4 thousand dollars, but if you can save upwards of 150 dollars each month on air conditioning and heating then the shutters can be paid off within only a few years. Beyond that point, they are both saving you money and also improving the value of your home.