Moving from a chilly climate to a warmer climate during the summer takes some preparation, especially if you’ve never lived in a hot climate before. The temperate summers and snowy winters will soon give way to blazing hot summers and mild winters, and depending on where you live, you may find yourself spending all your free time at the pool or beach from here on out.
As you plan your move and get everything organized, make sure to include preparations for adjusting to a different climate. To take full advantage of summer in your new home, you’ll need to keep a few things in mind.
1. You’ll Sweat More than Usual
Since your body is used to a certain temperature, it will take some time to adjust to living in a hot climate. Your body will compensate 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.
Until then, if the extra sweat bothers you, do what you can to keep cool. Wear loose, light-colored clothing and drink more water. If you’re still worried, consider changing to a stronger antiperspirant for a little while.
2. Your Summer Energy Bills Will Increase
It’s likely that you didn’t need to run your air conditioning in your old home since the summer temperatures outdoors were comfortable. In a place where temperatures hover upwards of 90 degrees Fahrenheit, keeping the A/C off won’t only be uncomfortable, but it will also be dangerous. Spending too much time in hot temperatures can lead to illnesses like heat exhaustion and heat stroke.
There are a few things you can do to keep your energy bills from becoming too expensive. Consider replacing the A/C unit in your new home with a more efficient model and using fans instead of just running the A/C. Make sure your home is well-insulated so the cold air doesn’t escape, and invest in window shades or UV-filtering window tints. The more heat you can keep out, the less money you’ll spend on cooling.
3. You May Have to Change Your Routine
You might be used to being most active during the early afternoon, since that was the warmest part of the day in your old town. In your new environment, this can prove dangerous. Instead of taking advantage of the heat, you’ll need to find ways to accomplish your daily tasks without getting too hot.
Try going for a run in the early 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. Instead, run your washer and dryer at night and look for recipes that don’t require baking.
4. 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 your steering wheel.
To avoid a potentially dangerous experience in your car, cover your windshield with a specially designed shade to keep the sun from making the interior temperature unbearable. You can also protect your steering wheel with a light-colored, heat-resistant, fabric covering.
If you have any children or pets, you should never leave them in a hot car, even for just a few minutes-car temperatures climb rapidly in hot climates.
5. Your Pets Will Need to Adjust
Hot summer temperatures can have a harsh effect on animals used to a cooler climate. 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.
To combat the effect of hot weather on your pets, you may need to change their routines as well. Keep them inside as much as possible. If you often take your dog on walks, do so in the morning or evening from now on. Exercising in the hot sun can quickly tire the animals out, and the hot pavement can burn their paws.
If keeping your pets inside won’t work for your situation, make sure to provide plenty of shade in the back yard. Also provide constant access to fresh drinking water and, if your pets need extra comfort, a small pool or tub they can play in to stay cool.
6. Your Skin May Suffer
Living in area with more sunlight and more incentive to spend time outdoors sounds like paradise for many people, but you’ll have to be careful with all that sun exposure. More than 3 million people in the United States receive treatment for non-melanoma skin cancer each year, and more than 75,000 people contract melanoma annually.
To enjoy your new home without worrying about getting skin cancer, take precautions before going outside. Wear sunscreen of SPF 15 or higher when you leave the house, and use hats, sunglasses, and natural shade for further protection. If you plan to sit by the pool or ocean, go earlier or later in the day to avoid exposure to direct sunlight.
Moving to a climate you aren’t used to comes with challenges, but it often pays off in the long run. Enjoy your new atmosphere by taking precautions against getting sick or spending more money than you need to. When you hire Bekins, our movers will help you stay out of the heat as we handle your move’s technical details. Choose our helpful moving services, and look forward to your fresh start in your new home!