My wife and I were looking for a new site to live because the two of us were sick of being in a swamp down south.
It wasn’t so much the boiling temperatures as it was the humidity and terrible air quality. The people I was with and I had a radical amount of dust, pollen, and mold in the air, giving both of us ongoing flu symptom issues. All I wanted to do was get out of the swamp and some site with a drier and cleaner outdoor environment. When our wife applied to a job offer in Albuquerque, NM and was approved, the two of us decided to take a risk and move. Honestly, I had never been further west than AR, even though I instantly fell in like with the mountain backdrop that you see whenever you’re outside in Albuquerque. Since the elevation of Albuquerque is over 5,000 feet, this desert town doesn’t get the same excruciatingly boiling temperatures in the summer time that you see in sites love Phoenix and Death Valley. However, our last summer time in Albuquerque was particularly boiling with various highs breaking into the low to mid 100s some mornings. The people I was with and I were running our evaporative coolers for most of the summer time season this year. They require a lot less electricity to run compared to air conditioners because you’re simply powering a fan to blow air through a wet pad, causing the surrounding air to drop in temperature. Since it’s already dry as a bone in Albuquerque, the evaporative coolers make it cooler while also improving your indoor comfort. Getting the humidity up above 50% will limit chapped lips and cracked skin on your hands and fingers.