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5 Ways to keep your house cool

Utah is notorious for getting pretty hot. Many people complain that it gets hotter here than it does in other hot states like California. Usually, the answer to this is cranking up the air conditioning, but that can rack up the bills quickly if overused. Sometimes the air conditioning will break, forcing residents to use some other method of cooling the house until it is fixed. There are many ways to keep the house cool without having to remove the AC cover.

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Rig an exterior awning/cover

Rig an exterior awning/cover

People in Utah with enough cash often buy retractable covers that fall over the windows on their homes. This allows for all of the heat to be absorbed or reflected before it even approaches the window, making it significantly cooler on the upper levels of a home. Those who want to set up something more rudimentary can hang a blanket on a couple of sticks in front of the large windows, having the same effect for significantly less money.

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Use fans

Use fans

Plugging in fans all over the house is a cheaper way to keep things cool. Sticking a fan in a window at night will draw the cool air in and flush it all over the house. Ceiling fans are also very effective, for they can cover an entire room in circulated air with no problem.

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Install insulation

Install insulation

If you are shopping around Utah for property, it may be wise to find a home with proper insulation. Insulation prevents heat from entering the home in every crack and fissure around the building, making cool air retention significantly easier when the air conditioning is on. Tis insulation also keeps the house warm in the winter, and Utah is known to have some pretty cold winter nights.

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Install attic vents

Install attic vents

Those with a little time for handiwork may consider installing a few vents in the attic. Since hot air is less dense, it rises up through a home to the attic and coagulates there with no escape. Attic vents will allow that air to escape, removing the cover that kept the remainder of the house hot. Residents will not have to put forth nearly as much effort to keep the house cool after that.

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Open windows at the right times

Open windows at the right times

It is tempting to open the windows during the day to salvage the cool air in the home, but keeping them closed is actually a better option. Opening windows at night brings in the cool air, which is subsequently stored during the day with the windows and the blinds closed.

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