Mistakes to Avoid When Moving to a Warmer Part of the Country


It’s easy to see why so many of us long to relocate to warmer parts of the country. Although some people have a soft spot for winter weather, contending with heavy snowfall, perilous ice and bitterly cold temperatures year after year is no picnic – and even the most ardent winter love is liable to eventually grow tired of it. Of course, this doesn’t mean you should expect perpetually smooth sailing upon relocating to a warmer area. To ensure that you’re well-equipped to deal with the unique challenges that come from living in a warm climate, take care to avoid the following mistakes.

Failing to Protect Yourself from the Sun 

For many people, relocating to a perpetually warm climate means spending a lot more time outdoors. As such, there’s little wonder as to why individuals who are fond of outdoor fitness activities tend to flock to warmer areas. So, if you’re a fan of outdoor exercise or have a job that requires you to spend large chunks of time outside, it stands to reason that you’re going to get a significant amount of sun exposure. In the absence of proper protection, excessive sun exposure can pave the way for a host of health issues that range from sunburn to skin cancer. 

In the interest of avoiding such problems, make a point of applying sunblock or sunscreen whenever you intend to spend more than 10 minutes in the sun. Additionally, take care to reapply your preferred sunblock or sunscreen as often as the packaging directs. Even if you manage to avoid skin cancer, too much unprotected sun exposure can cause heatstroke, fatigue and permanent skin damage. With this in mind, you should make sun protection one of your foremost priorities in your new locale.

In addition to using sunblock or sunscreen, you should take regular breaks from the sun whenever doing so is possible. Furthermore, whenever you start feeling uncomfortably warm, take a breather indoors or head for a heavily shaded area.   

Not Prioritizing Home Cooling 

As you’ll quickly learn after arriving in your new locale, home cooling is not something to be taken lightly. Failing to equip your new residence with an effective, efficient cooling apparatus is liable to result in persistent discomfort. This means investing in a dependable central air conditioner and installing high-quality ceiling fans all over your home. Well-placed fans will help take some of the burden off your A/C by evenly distributing the cool air it produces throughout your entire abode. Additionally, by adjusting your fans’ blades to turn counterclockwise, you’ll enable them to create a refreshing cool breeze that flows directly downward, regardless of whether or not you’re running the A/C.      

Ceiling fans won’t just serve you well indoors, either. Good outdoor ceiling fans can help you stay cool on your porch or patio whenever you feel like relaxing outside.  

Rarely Having Your Central A/C Serviced 

Even in cooler parts of the country, it’s recommended that central air conditioners get serviced at least once a year. Unsurprisingly, many people who reside in warmer climates need to have this done more often. While no one relishes spending money, professional service visits can help ensure that small problems are caught and remedied before they have a chance to become costlier, more serious issues. Furthermore, regular service visits can help maximize the life of your central A/C, which can save you a princely sum in the long run. In other words, spending a little in the short term stands to save you quite a bit down the line.  

Of course, this isn’t to say that regular service visits are guaranteed to prevent every conceivable A/C issue. As such, the next time you encounter a problem with your central air conditioner, have it professionally addressed posthaste. The sooner the issue is fixed, the less likely it is to become something more serious. 

After spending years – if not one’s entire lifetime – in a part of the country known for cold, snowy winters, wanting to relocate to a more agreeable climate is perfectly understandable. Even people who don’t particularly mind winter weather are likely to choose warmth over cold. While there are many advantages to living in a perpetually warm climate, there are still a number of weather-related challenges you’ll have to contend with. In the interest of making this transition as smooth as possible, steer clear of missteps discussed above.   

 

Jeff Campbell

Jeff Campbell is a father, martial artist, budget-master, Disney-addict, musician, and recovering foodie having spent over 2 decades as a leader for Whole Foods Market. Click to learn more about me

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