I hear it all the time.
The newcomers to the area are just blown away by the heat of summer. And to their credit, it does indeed get really sizzling hot here in the summer. That’s something a person can for sure count on. It’ll be hot, humid and there will be the need for HVAC cooling. Yet people new to the area tend to panic a bit. They are accustomed to seeing summertime temperatures in the spring. So they start cranking the air conditioning to summer time levels. At least the sort of summertime levels they are accustomed to. But that ends up becoming a bit of a vicious circle really. This is because by the time the summer heat does land on us in late May or early June, those folks have thermostat settings that aren’t sustainable. For me, unsustainable thermostat settings are those that result in HVAC cooling costs that resemble a monthly car payment. And that’s not a nice thing. Plus, it makes going outside simply unbearable when you go from 70 degrees inside to nearly a hundred outside. And that’s no way to live a summer. There is plenty of good time outside of the peak heating hours to enjoy all that is offered out of doors in this region. The best thing to do is simply acclimate to the heat at the beginning of spring. Then, 82 degrees inside feels really great and you can still deal with going outside. Plus, the HVAC costs are so incredibly more reasonable and so much more affordable than the alternative. I tell this to the newbies but they rarely listen.