My wife and I were looking for a new place to live because we were sick of being in a swamp down south.
It wasn’t so much the hot temperatures as it was the humidity and poor air quality. We had a radical amount of dust, pollen, and mold in the air, giving both of us ongoing allergy problems. All I wanted to do was get out of the swamp and some place with a drier and cleaner outdoor environment. When my wife applied to a job offer in Albuquerque, New Mexico and was approved, we decided to take a risk and move. Honestly, I had never been further west than Arkansas, but I immediately fell in love 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 city doesn’t get the same excruciatingly hot temperatures in the summer that you see in places like Phoenix and Death Valley. However, our last summer in Albuquerque was particularly hot with many highs breaking into the low to mid 100s some afternoons. We were running our evaporative coolers for most of the summer 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.