Moving from a chilly or temperate climate to a warmer or hot climate takes preparation. Your wardrobe will change from boots and sweaters to shorts and flip flops; your hobbies might change from snowshoeing to surfing. With all this change, it’s important to know how to acclimate to hot weather.
As you plan your move to a hot climate, be prepared to make a few changes. To take full advantage of the weather at your new home, you’ll need to keep a few things in mind. Make the most of your new home – learn more about how to adapt to hot weather!
What to Expect When Moving to a Hot Climate
Living in hot climates can take some getting used to. A great first step in adjusting is knowing what to expect when you arrive. Here are a few ways to get the most out of warm weather living:
1. Stay Hydrated: You’ll Sweat More than Usual.
If you’re wondering how to acclimate to hot weather, drinking water is a great and simple place to start. Since your body is used to a certain temperature, it’ll take some time to adjust… especially if you’re going from a cold rather than temperate climate to a hot one.
Your body will compensate for this change by increasing sweat production in an attempt to cool you down. Once your body gets used to the heat, your sweat production will slow down. As you adjust (and after, too!), drink lots of water.
2. Be Mindful: Your Summer Energy Bills Will Increase.
There’s a good chance you didn’t run your air conditioning constantly in your old home. However, in a place where temps hover upwards of 90° Fahrenheit, having the A/C running is crucial. Spending too much time in hot temperatures can lead to illnesses like heat stroke and exhaustion.
With the A/C running more often, you’ll probably see an increase in your energy bill. There are a few things you can do, though, to keep your bills from becoming too expensive, including:
- Replace the A/C unit in your new home with a more efficient model using fans.
- Make sure your home is well-insulated, so the cold air doesn’t escape.
- Invest in window shades or UV-filtering window tints.
On the bright side, you likely won’t need to spend as much on energy bills in the winter. In southern Florida, for example, average lows in January are 51 degrees Fahrenheit – a temperature that is much easier to warm to room temperature than the below zero average low temperatures in Maine in January!
3. Change Your Routine: The Heat and Sun will Make a Big Impact on Your Day.
If you’re used to heading out for a run after work when the sun is strong and hot, you may want to think about shifting your routine. In your new hot climate, being active outside when the sun is so strong can prove dangerous. You’ll need to start finding ways to accomplish your daily tasks without getting too hot.
Keep your run fun by going early in the morning when the day is at its coolest. Avoid using your oven or doing laundry during the day, as these appliances quickly heat up your home. You might think about creating an outdoor kitchen area, which is much more common in the southern U.S. than in northern states.
4. Cover Your Windshields: Your Car Will Feel Like a Furnace.
The sun shining through your windshield can heat the metal components of your car to the point where they may burn you. It’s hard to drive when you can barely touch the steering wheel! Avoid this extreme heat by covering your windshield with shades. You can also protect your steering wheel with a light-colored, heat-resistant, fabric covering.
5. Help Your Pets Adjust: They’ll Notice the Difference, Too!
You’re not the only one who’ll need to adjust to the warmer climate; hot summer temperatures can have a harsh effect on animals, too! Although your dog may have enjoyed playing in the backyard all day at your old home, spending hours in the scorching heat can make your canine companion sick. Combat the effect of hot weather on your pets by:
- Changing their routines
- Keeping them inside as much as possible
- Taking them on walks in the early morning or evening
- Providing plenty of shade in your yard
- Giving them access to fresh drinking water
- Providing access to a small pool or tub
6. Wear Sunscreen: Your Skin Will Need Extra Protection.
Living in an area with more sunlight and more incentive to spend time outdoors can sound like benefits of living in a hot climate. That said, you have to be careful with all that sun exposure!
To enjoy your new home without worrying about seriously damaging your skin, take precautions before going outside. Wear sunscreen of SPF 15 or higher when you leave the house, and use hats and sunglasses for further protection. If you plan to sit by the pool or ocean, go earlier in the day or in the early evening to avoid exposure to direct sunlight.
Get Help from the Hottest Moving Company Around!
Now that you have a better understanding of how to live in hot weather, it’s time to get help with moving to your new home. When you hire Bekins, our movers will help you stay out of the heat as we handle your move’s technical details. Request a ballpark estimate or get in touch with the expert team at Bekins today to get started!