Beat the summer heat in a "cool zone"

Real Estate Agent with HomeSmart Realty West CalBRE #01458572

Contact Jim Frimmer for all your San Diego real estate needsThe heat waves throughout the country haven't hit here in San Diego, but past history indicates that we'll get ours.

However, this is the latest in the year that I can ever remember not using the air conditioning system at all, and May Gray and June Gloom seem to be holding over into July.

104°FTemperatures in East San Diego County regularly climb into the 90s during the summer, and it's not unusual to find daily temperatures of over 100 degrees in the deserts.

For the tenth consecutive year, San Diego County will have "cool zones" where people can go and cool off rather than staying at home and using energy that is needed during heat waves for the many businesses that have to stay open. Cool Zones include mostly libraries and recreation centers, are available from June 24 to October 28, are free, and are identified by the Cool Zone polar bear logo:

Cool Zone

San Diego County and San Diego Gas & Electric are joining forces to offer free electric fans to low-income, homebound seniors and others with disabilities that make it difficult or impossible to get to cool zones.

For more information about about staying safe during a heat wave, call 800-510-2020 or visit Aging and Independence Services. For a list of cool zone sites avaliable as a PDF file, click on Cool Zone.

Other ways to stay cool when it gets hot:

  • Install ceiling fans in each room, and use them.
  • Take cool baths and showers.
  • Use the microwave rather than the oven and cook top.
  • Wear lightweight, light-colored, and loose-fitting clothing.
  • Drink lots of fluids, especially water.
  • Open the car doors for a few minutes before you have to drive the car.


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Kathy Schowe
California Lifestyle Realty - La Quinta, CA
La Quinta, California 760-333-8886

Great blog on keeping cool!  We can use all those pointers out here in the desert!  Kathy

Jul 09, 2010 07:45 AM #1
Nevin Williams
Sierra Pacific Mortgage Raleigh - Raleigh, NC
Raleigh Mortgage Pro

Jim - Well how cool is that? LOL

Jul 09, 2010 08:19 AM #2
Gloria Todor
Century 21 Absolute Realty - Media, PA
& Doug Durren (484) 431-3686 in SE PA

Jim, Seems like the Mid-Atlantic States may need to have some official designated places. 

 During these past few weeks of 90-100+ temps I hear news reporters giving the advise for people to visit air conditioned places like the local malls and department stores for relief.  And to check on the elderly.  The humidity is the killer....


Jul 09, 2010 08:57 AM #3
Leslie Helm
Tennessee Recreational Properties - Jamestown, TN
Real Estate For Trail Riders

Hi, Jim. I was in Murfreesboro TN, near Nashville, yesterday and, as I was driving along with a good breeze streaming over my car on the interestate, the thermometer on the dash read 100 degrees. It was such a relief to get back up on the Cumberland Plateau where it really, truly is 10 degrees cooler because of the elevation.

Jul 09, 2010 11:22 AM #4
Stephanie Reynolds
Integrity First Financial Group, Inc. - Santee, CA
East County San Diego Homes 619-838-4408

WHERE IS OUR WARM WEATHER??? Summer is my favorite time of year! I love getting in our pool right before bed so we are nice and cool overnight. If I were to get in our pool before I went to bed now I am not sure I would thaw prior to morning.....

Jul 09, 2010 11:35 AM #5
Christine Hooks
Pino Agency - Pennsville, NJ
Celebrating 24 Years in Real Estate!

Here's another tip to stay cool:

Avoid scheduling listing appointments for vacant 2-story duplexes with a walk-up attic where the Seller wants to linger to talk.

(not that I did that today, Jim)

Jul 09, 2010 12:36 PM #6
Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

Great tips Jim.  And it's extra hot at my house.  Hopefully it won't be extra hot when I visit your city later in the summer.

Jul 09, 2010 12:46 PM #7
Susan Neal
RE/MAX Gold, Fair Oaks - Fair Oaks, CA
Fair Oaks CA & Sacramento Area Real Estate Broker

Hi Jim - That does sound like a wonderful program.  A nice addition to an already great program might be to have a volunteer shuttle service to take some non-driving folks to the library or another cool zone.

Jul 09, 2010 02:06 PM #8
Elizabeth Bolton
RE/MAX Destiny Real Estate Cambridge, MA - Cambridge, MA
Cambridge MA Realtor

Hi Jim ~ My anti-air conditioning stance is being sorely tested this year - I'm losing my mind in the heat. My cool zone is the office. I would stay all night if the cat wasn't home alone.


Jul 09, 2010 04:18 PM #9
Carra & Shae Riley
Brokers Guild Cherry Creek Ltd - Westminster, CO
Helping people Transition at all ages!

Jim....Cool Zones are a very innovative idea.  It certainly helps people cool off and not use so much AC at home.  When I lived in the desert, I would slip away to a movie for a couple of hours because it was always nice and cool in the theater.

Jul 10, 2010 04:14 AM #10
Jim Frimmer
HomeSmart Realty West - San Diego, CA
Realtor & CDPE, Mission Valley specialist

Hey, everyone!

Thanks for stopping by and commenting.

I've been very busy, but today I'm trying to follow up on these older posts like this one to see if anyone had any questions or if I really need to respond to anyone's comments.

I will read all the comments and respond to any that need a response, but since this post is rather old, rather than making comments here in my post to each and every one of you, I'll just let everyone know that I have read all the comments and if there are any questions, I'll answer those in comments below this one. Otherwise I'll simply post this comment and then head over to your blogs soon to visit and do some reading and commenting. I hope you'll have a nice welcome mat out for me!

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Hope all is well with everyone.

Jul 28, 2010 04:43 AM #11
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