This past summer, I decided to change up the summer routine.
- And man, am I ever glad I chose to do that.
Since we move down here, we tend to try to wait out the summer. That seems like a total waste of an awesome region and an entire four month period. We stick to the inside of our home where the central air conditioning is blowing out plenty of cooling air. For sure, this is what you have to do in order to manage the heat during our sort of summer. That’s just a given. But being trapped inside the air conditioning because the heat feels so overwhelming is going a step too far. This year, I wanted to take a different approach to living in the summer and it started as the temperatures were rising in the spring. Instead of going right for the thermostat so early in the spring, we waited. In fact, I opened up the windows, doors and the big sliding glass doors to welcome in fresh air. That allowed us to get more accustomed to living with higher temperatures. Once summer heat came, we flipped the thermostat over to the air conditioning full time. But we ended up using much less because it was much easier to accept higher temperatures. Our bodies had gotten much more acclimated to the heat and humidity. Additionally, I made myself get out of the air conditioning first thing in the morning for some exercise and then maybe a stroll as it cooled off in the evening. I have to say this was such a great change. Not only do we get out more and enjoy what is one of the coolest places I’ve ever lived, we saved a ton of money on HVAC cooling as well.