Buying a Home in Salt Lake City, UT


5 Tips to Keep Your House Cool This Summer

Ice on the roof from frozen swamp cooler5 Tips to Keep Your House Cool This Summer

  1. Fans and ceiling fans can make a room feel 6 or 7 degrees cooler
  2. Install white window shades, drapes or blinds to reflect heat away from the house.
  3. Turn off appliances, electronics and lights when not in use. Avoid cooking and baking mid-day.
  4. Replace incandescent bulbs with compact fluorescents, they use a fifth the energy and heat.
  5. Add insulation to your attic. Upgrading from 3 inches to 12 inches can cut cooling costs by 10%.

I got these tips from RisMedia. The original article is here.

Here's a bonus tip I'm throwing in because it works awesome for me:

Install awnings or EXTERIOR shade screens. I installed a product called SunShade by Suntex, but there are others out there. It's an exterior mount screen that blocks 60-80% of the heat, but still allows light to enter the house and you can still see out. It significanly reduced the amount of heat entering the house and how long I had to run the Air Conditioner.



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Comment balloon 6 commentsBenjamin Clark • July 14 2010 08:09PM


I totally agree with you about the sun screens. It was the first thing that was suggested to us when we did an energy audit of our home recently. I can't wait to see how they work - they should be in sometime next week!

Posted by Josh & Dawn McKinley over 9 years ago

Thanks for the tips and I will share this with others.

Posted by Michael Ford, Matching Families with Homes (Coldwell Banker Heritage Homes) over 9 years ago

Thanks for the comments!

Dawn - Come back and let us know what you think after they are installed!

Posted by Benjamin Clark, Buyer's Agent - Certified Negotiation Expert (Homebuyer Representation, Inc.) over 9 years ago

Benjamin, Thanks for the post. Anything to help save money, especially now, is a good thing! Thanks for highlighting these helpful tips.

Posted by William Collins, Property and Asset Management (ERA Queen City Realty) over 9 years ago

Thanks William! Anyone who knows me at all knows I'm all about saving money!

Posted by Benjamin Clark, Buyer's Agent - Certified Negotiation Expert (Homebuyer Representation, Inc.) over 9 years ago

Lots of great tips... Now can you send one to mother nature... we NEED SOME RAIN!

Posted by Joan Whitebook, Consumer Focused Real Estate Services (BHG The Masiello Group) over 9 years ago