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Julied, Home Owner in Las Vegas, NV

How can you find out if a rental home is easy to cool or if it takes lots of (PAID) air conditioning? Would a landlord know?

Asked by Julied, Las Vegas, NV Mon Mar 4, 2013

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Myra Gouger’s answer
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Here are some airconditioning tips: make sure that all air spacers under doors and around windows are filled with simple insulation that you can buy in Lowes or Home Depot. You can get a fairly significant roll for about $5.00. Also see if your airconditioning pipes into the home are wrapped. Older homes do not have efficient windows. Look for a newer home with Low E Windows or a similar brand which keeps out the sun's rays and keeps the cool air inside. Ask whomever is showing you the property the SEER value of the airconditioner. The new build code for Las Vegas is a 13 SEER or better. The higher the SEER, the more efficient the unit. Also check the tonnage to make sure that the home has the correct tonnage for a home of its size. A newer airconditioner will be significantly more efficient than an old airconditioner. If you are choosing a 2 story home, make sure that it has two airconditioners. This way, one or the other can be set to higher or lower values depending on where the family is at any given time. Don't keep your thermostates freezing cold. Moderately cold is fine almost all the time. Turn your thermostats up higher when you are at work during the day. Turn them lower when you come in. The home will cool down rapidly. Don't keep the windows or doors open when the airconditioning is running. If you want the windows open, get screens. But don't open them while the airconditioning is on. I hope these tips help you.
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Hello,

You can call NV Energy and get the average usage for the unit. They can be reached at 402-5555. Also typically homes with tile floors stay cooler vs. carpet.

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Nakia Woodson
Wardley Real Estate
702-318-1244
NakiaWoodson@yahoo.com
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Mar 6, 2013
Newer home has energe saving design, It can save around 50% power bill.
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Rent a home built around 2005. Builders are now using Energy Star technology. Landlord? If the house has been rented recently, they probable don't know. Nevada Power doesn't release this information because It's Personal not public.
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You can call the power company for past usage data, but that won't tell you if the last occupant kept the thermostat at 65 or 95 degrees all last summer!
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You could ask the landlord to work with you to contact Nevada Power and see what the usage has been in peak months. Of course there are many variables that may be quite different than your usage would be. How many people livedin the home? What did the previous owner set the temp at. We're they home all day or at work. Look at the type of windows in the home. If it is newer they will generally have better double pane windows. Look at the weather stripping around the doors and especially the thresholds. Which way is the house facing and which windows will be exposed to the afternoon sun. Hope this will help.
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Suzie Marquardt
fahrnyteam@yahoo.com
http://www.FastNevadaShortSales.com
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Mar 4, 2013
You can call Nevada Power and get the yearly average of electric usage and cost.
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