A Newbie’s Guide to Living in Arizona

So you’re moving to Arizona—The Grand Canyon State. Maybe the beautiful red rocks of Sedona brought you, or perhaps you were drawn to the fantastic weather. Either way, living in Arizona means you’re in for an adventure.

Here are some of the top things you should know about before moving to Arizona.


Dust Storms

One of the more alarming natural phenomena of our state, dust storms can start suddenly and unexpectedly. These ‘storms’ arise when strong winds blow loose sand and other debris into the air. Dust storms can be harmless when you’re prepared and take shelter effectively. However, being outside during a dust storm can aggravate the symptoms of those with asthma or other respiratory issues.

If you’re driving when a dust storm kicks up suddenly, make sure to find a safe place to wait it out. Dust storms decrease visibility to dangerous levels, so pull off the road and turn your hazard lights on so you’re more visible to other drivers.


High Temperatures

It may come as a surprise to some, but Arizona features different climates across different areas of the state. From Flagstaff, which sees all four seasons, to the desert climates of Phoenix, trying to account for your specific region’s climate may take some research. The southwestern desert is hotter than most areas—here, temperatures can soar to a staggering 115° F or higher during a summer day. In the winter, desert temperatures can drop to below freezing at night.

These wildly fluctuating temperatures mean that keeping your home comfortable can look very different depending on the time of year. Pumping up your AC every day during the summers or turning on the heat every night in winter can make for some excessive energy bills.

Here are some tips to help you keep your home comfortable without killing your HVAC system:

  • Open your blinds on winter days: this will allow sunlight to naturally heat your home without any extra work on your part!

  • Close the blinds during extreme summer heat and winter nights: this tip works both ways. Closing your curtains or blinds at night prevents winter chill from creeping into your home, but it can also save the cooler air in your home from the hot temperatures of summer.

  • Change your air filter. Every 30-90 days you should change your air filter (depending on how regularly you use your system). Clean air filters prevent your system from overworking through a dirty filter and using more energy than it needs to get your home to the desired temperature.


Have Yourself a Staycation

Arizona is a vast state, which means there’s always something new to explore. Whether your interests lie in hiking, spa days, or going to baseball games, there’s something here for everyone. Visit Phoenix or Scottsdale for great shopping and dining, or head out to the Canyon Ranch Wellness Resort in Tucson for a lavish spa day.

If you’re more the outdoorsy sort, you can visit one of the many natural areas of Arizona. Some of the more famous places to explore include Sedona, Monument Valley, the Petrified Forest, and of course—the Grand Canyon.

For our sports enthusiasts, be sure to practice your putt on any of Phoenix’s best golf resorts, or catch a game during spring training with your favorite MLB team.

Western States Home Services provides heating, air conditioning, and plumbing services to the entire Valley of the Sun. With over 75 years of combined experience in this line of work, we employ only the best technicians. When you make your move to Arizona, be sure to contact our team for all your plumbing and HVAC needs!