9 Tips to Keep Your Car Cooler During the Summer

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Subject: Car Fan

I have a usb rechargable fan for my car that cost $10 on Amazon & had great reviews. It's a powerful very compact little fan too. The only issue is there is no clip or hook so I haven't come up with a way to position it well so it sits up high.


Subject: Car Fan

I have a usb rechargable fan for my car that cost $10 on Amazon & had great reviews. It's a powerful very compact little fan too. The only issue is there is no clip or hook so I haven't come up with a way to position it well so it sits up high.


Subject: Solar Powered Car Fan

When I checked some solar car vents, they dont have good reviews in amazon. Can you please name few, which is reliable and good working?

Angel Santana

Subject: Keeping car kool

One of the best know ways to keep your car kool, is to put Window Tint on all windows. The High grad film blocks out 99% of UV rays and heat..

Terry K

Subject: Coolness

Use those tips, but get a car with remote start! I have an 08 Malibu and the remote has a range of about 200', so the car is really cool by the time I get to it!


Subject: cooling vehicles

One key item is missing: window film.

Have your windows tinted with high quality film like Llumar or 3M, not cheap film. Once installed, a quality window
film will benefit for many years, also protecting passengers from sun damage.
There's film that will reject the heat and is nearly colorless. It doesn't have to
be dark. Also, windshields are where a lot of the heat enters. There is now a
special film for windshields to eliminate the heat gain.

John Codman

Subject: Keeping a car cool

I would rather my car sit through a winter at the South Pole then spend one hot summer day in the sun with the windows closed. A tip: Never lock a convertible. You would much rather a thief open the door then slit the top. If you drive a ragtop, don't park it anywhere that would concern you with it's security.

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I second the original question (still unanswered). Speaking as someone who logged in today to try to find an attorney, I see this category as one that's exactly what I have my Angie's List membership for:

1. It's important that I find a good one
2. I'm not an expert enough to know myself who is a good one
3. The industry is full of advertisements and misinformation
4. I wish I knew what experiences other people have had

I don't care about lawns--I planted mine in clover and don't have to mow it. When I do need to mow I use a rotary Fiskars mower, which is great--or a scythe. That's right--a scythe (the European type, which is smaller, and it's very good exercise). Gas-powered mowers, chemical fertilizers and weed killers--all nasty stuff that gets into everyone's air, soil, and water. I'm sure my neighbor doesn't like my wildflowers, semi-wild pockets of fruit bushes, and unmown areas and yes, dandelions (I have 10 acres) but that's too bad. It's better habitat for wildlife, especially the pollinators on which our food supply depends. I think this obsession with the Great American Lawn is a waste of time and resources. Plant some food instead.

I'm not sure Angie et. al. want you to have a complete answer to this question. By re-subscribing at the Indiana State Fair in 2012, I think I paid $20.00 per year for a multi- year subscription. Maybe even less. At the other extreme--and I hope my memory isn't faulty about this--I think the price, for my area, for ONE year was an outrageous $70.00. And they debited me automatically without warning. I had to opt out of that automatic charge. I like Angie's List, but if some of the companies they monitor behaved the way they do in this respect, they'd be on some sort of Pages of Unhappiness. I'll be interested to see if this comment gets published or censored out of existence.

That's very difficult to answer without seeing the house. As one poster said, the prep is the most important part. On newer homes that don't have a lot of peeling paint, the prep can be very minimal even as low as a couple or a few hundred dollars for the prep labor.

On a 100 year old home with 12 coats of peeling paint on it, then the prep costs can be very high and can easily exceed 50% of the job's labor cost.

A 2100 sq ft two story home could easily cost $1000 just for the labor to prep for the paint job. That number could climb too. Throw in lots of caullking  or window glazing, and you could be talking a couple or a few hundred dollars more for labor.

Painting that home with one coat of paint and a different color on the trim could run roughly $1000 or more just for labor. Add a second coat  and that could cost close to another $1000 for labor.

For paint, you may need 20 gallons of paint. You can pay from $30-$70 for a gallon of good quality exterior paint. The manufacturer of the paint should be specified in any painting contract. Otherwise, the contractor could bid at a Sherwin-Williams $60 per gallon paint and then paint the house with $35 Valspar and pocket the difference. $25 dollars per gallon times 20 gallons? That's a pretty penny too.

That was the long answer to your question. The short answer is $2000 to $4000 and up, depending upon the amount of prep, the number of coats, the amount of trim, and the paint used.