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    Cooling centers

    Cooling centers

    This list of local cooling centers is being updated on a regular basis to help you stay comfortable during our current high heat situation.

    Montgomery County

    Dayton uses its recreation centers as cooling centers. These three facilities are open from 6:00 AM-9:00 PM through Friday, August 25. 

    • Greater Dayton Recreation Center – 2021 W. Third St. 
    • Lohrey Recreation Center – 2366 Glenarm Ave. 
    • Northwest Recreation Center – 1600 Princeton Dr. 

    Several splash pads across the city are available to residents and can serve as a fun and effective way to stay cool. These parks are free and are open every day from 12:00 PM-8:00 PM. 

    • Fairview Park – 2262 Elsmore Ave. 
    • Five Oaks Spray Park – 329 Five Oaks Ave. 
    • Mallory Park – 3037 Germantown St. 
    • McIntosh Park – 882 W. Riverview Ave. 
    • Stuart Patterson Spray Park – 238 Baltimore St. 
    • Walnut Hills Spray Park – 2340 block of Wayne Avenue 
    • Washington Park – 3620 E. Second St. 


    Clinton County

    • Wilmington: (Dist 1) 46 East Sugartree Street, (937) 382-2244
    • Sabina: (Dist 2) 179 South Jackson Street, (937) 584-4132
    • Clarksville: (Dist 3) 82 Springhill Road, (937) 289-3427 
    • Midland / Westboro: (Dist 4) 12572 US 68 South, (937) 625-1182
    • Chester Twp: (Dist 5) 5580 State Route 380, (937) 283-1616
    • New Vienna: (Dist 6) 676 West Street, (937) 987-2713
    • Blanchester: (Dist 8) 447 East Fancy Street and (Dist 8) 703 N. Broadway, (937) 783-4925
    • Port William: (Dist 9) 7211 North State Route 134, (937) 486-5300 


    Green County

    • Bloomfield Community Building – 498 N Lincoln Dr. 8:00 AM-4:0 PM, Wednesday August 22 through Friday, August 25. 
    • Beavercreek Senior Center: 3868 Dayton Xenia Road, Beavercreek. 937-426-6166 
    • Fairborn Community Library: 1 E. Main St., Fairborn. 937-878-9383 
    • Fairborn Senior Center: 325 N. Third St., Fairborn. 937-878-4141 
    • Jamestown Community Library: 86 Seaman Drive, Jamestown. 937-352-4005 
    • Yellow Springs Senior Center: 227 Xenia Ave., Yellow Springs. 937-767-5751 
    • Winters-Bellbrook Community Library: 57 W. Franklin St., Bellbrook. 937-352-4004 
    • Beavercreek Community Library: 3618 Dayton Xenia Road, Beavercreek. 937-352-4001 
    • Xenia Community Library: 76 E. Market St., Xenia. 937-352-4000. 
    • Cedarville Community Library: 20 S. Miller St., Cedarville. 937-352-4006 
    • Yellow Springs Community Library: 415 Xenia Ave., Yellow Springs. 937-352-4003 


    Preble County (Eaton)

    • Eaton Community Church, 813 Camden Road, Friday, 9:00 AM-4:30 PM
    • Preble County YMCA, 450 Washington Jackson Road (*Must sign guest waiver and show picture ID), Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, 5:00 PM-8:00 PM (Friday)


    Preble County (Lewisburg)  

    • Trinity Church, 511 N. Commerce St., Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, 10:00 AM-5:00 PM


    Shelby County

    • Senior Citizen Center: 304 S West Avenue., Sidney,  8:00 AM-7:00 PM. Only open to those 50 years of age or older.
    • Alpha Community Center: 950 Children’s Home Rd, Sidney, Wednesday-Friday: 8:00 AM-9:00 PM. Any resident needing cooled air can show up anytime during those hours. Lunch will be served during scheduled serving times for each day. They will provide water and drinks, and restrooms will be available.


    Warren County

    • Franklin-Springboro Public Library 
    • Springboro Administration Building 
    • Atrium Medical Center 
    • Carlisle Town Hall 
    • Franklin Fire Department Training Room 

    Hot weather tips to help you stay cool for less.

    When the hot summer sun heats your home, you can keep cool without energy costs rising as high as the heat index. And, since heating and cooling account for more than half of your overall energy bill, these money saving tips can help lower your electric bill.


    General hot weather tips

    • Wait until later in the evening to use heat-producing appliances, like the oven, clothes dryer and dishwasher. Many dryers and dishwashers have timers you can set so they turn on hours later.
    • Shade south and west-facing windows during the hottest part of the day.
    • If you use a window air conditioner, make sure it’s the appropriate size and sealed properly.

    Ceilings, attic and whole-house fans

    • Run ceiling fans counter-clockwise during hot months. While standing directly under a ceiling fan, you should feel a cool breeze.
    • When using a ceiling fan, you can raise the thermostat setting a few degrees and still be comfortable.
    • Turn off ceiling fans in unoccupied rooms. Ceiling fans cool people, not rooms.
    • Use or install an attic or whole-house fan for cooling air circulation in hot months. In many climates, these can be an inexpensive alternative to air conditioning.
    • Make sure your attic is properly ventilated to remove hot air.

    Cooling system

    • Upgrade your old system to a new, efficient model. A new system can save you $150 or more a year in energy costs.

    • Install a programmable or Wi-Fi enabled thermostat. Proper use can save you about $180 every year in energy costs.
    • If you don’t have a programmable or Wi-Fi enabled thermostat, set your thermostat to a temperature that is as high as you can tolerate. The recommended setting is 78° or higher when you are home and higher when you are asleep or away. Here's a  graphic to help guide your thermostat settings in the summer. Remember, the more you turn it up, the more you'll save!
    icons - cooling system settings - Wake set to 78 or higher; Day set up 7 degrees; Evening set to 78 or higher; Sleeping set up 4 degrees

    Don't set the thermostat lower than you actually want it, even if you're trying to cool your home quickly. It won't cool your home any faster, and it runs your system longer than necessary.

    Have your system inspected regularly. An annual tune-up helps your system run more efficiently. Plus, loose or inefficient duct work can mean much of what you spend to cool your home is actually cooling the outdoors.

    • Change or clean your filter once a month. Dust and dirt make your unit work harder.
    • Vacuum registers and vents regularly.
    • Don't let furniture and draperies block cooling airflow.
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