How to Get Used to Southwestern Climates

If you put your home on the market among the Austin houses for sale or anywhere else that has a more mild, subtropical climate and plan to make a move to a drier climate found in most areas of the Southwest like Arizona or New Mexico, it can take some time to get used to dry air. While it can get chilly in some of the higher elevation cities like Flagstaff and Taos, which even see some snow, most areas here are warm to hot year-round.

Dealing with what’s referred to as a “dry heat” can take time to get used to. That’s because the body is made of as much as 60 percent water, and it relies on it to function properly. Dry air can deplete the body’s moisture just by breathing it in, and it may even lead to respiratory issues.

By following these tips, you can get used to that typical southwestern climate faster and reduce the chances of suffering from consequences to your health.

Drink Plenty of Water and Other Non-Caffeinated, Non-Alcoholic Beverages

One of the easiest ways to prevent negative effects from dry heat is to drink plenty of water to keep your body hydrated. It will help all of your body’s systems continue to work as they should, especially your respiratory tract, and help maintain a more supple complexion too. Aim to drink at least 64 ounces a day – if you get tired of plain water, add a squeeze of lemon, lime, or orange. Herbal teas, which aren’t caffeinated, will help too. It’s important to limit or even eliminate alcohol and caffeine as they’re both dehydrating. When/if you do drink those beverages, supplement them by drinking a large glass of water at the same time, especially during the hottest part of the year.

Get a Humidifier

A humidifier can be a huge help in your home or at work. These appliances don’t take up much room and help put moisture back into the air as well as coming with options for warm or cool mist.

Plan to Spend More Time Indoors During the Hottest Part of the Year

If you live in an area where the heat can reach 120 degrees or even hotter, like Phoenix or Tucson, you’re going to have to minimize the time you spend outdoors in the summer. Being out in extreme heat and the sun is incredibly dehydrating and can even lead to heatstroke. Plan a vacation in a place that experiences cooler temperatures when you can and when you’re at home, use the time to visit indoor museums and the like. Air-conditioned indoor malls can be a good option for walking. When you have to spend extended periods outside, be sure to bring lots of water and sun protection like a hat, sunglasses, and plenty of sunscreen.

Don’t Take Long, Hot Showers

Taking long, hot showers will dry out your skin, something that you’re already going to have to battle when living in most areas of the southeast. Aim for shorter showers with warm water and use less soap to prevent excessive dryness. Get used to applying a good moisturizer afterward, too.