If you are one of the 2.1 million people who call Houston home, you know that summer can get a little stifling. As of the writing of this blog post, Houston saw a high of 91 degrees, and we’re just in the beginning of the summer months. Just wait until the dog days of August to really get an understanding of what summer heat means in Houston.
However, even if Houston can get a little hot, it’s still one of the fastest-growing cities in the country – especially among college graduates. Between the years of 2003 and 2008, Houston saw a 13% increase in the number of college graduates in the area, and the past decade saw a growth in people of all education levels of nearly 25%.
There are a number of reasons for this: One might be that residents from other parts of the country see Houston’s attractive standard of living and see an opportunity. Speaking of opportunity, another might be the fact that several industries, including the financial and healthcare industries, have sparked new jobs in the area when many other parts of the country were losing jobs.
Add on to that a revitalized infrastructure, beautiful downtown, expanding suburban neighborhoods and thriving arts culture, and you could see why many people love Houston and choose to call it home. But that still begs the question of how do Houston residents handle the heat? Here are several things to keep in mind if you decide one day to visit or move to Houston.
- Check your air conditioner early and often: There’s no question that your air conditioning unit is your friend during the summer months; it’s there to welcome you in the morning and allow you to sleep comfortably in the evening. It will also filter your air to ensure no hazardous particles enter your home. However, it will do you little good if it doesn’t run properly. Make sure to perform routine maintenance on it regularly, such as checking the filter, and have a HVAC person look at it in the beginning of the season to make sure it runs properly. This will prevent you from needing any emergency repairs during a heat wave.
- Don’t forget about keeping your valuables cool: Many Houston residents choose to use storage units as a viable way to keep their valuables, wine or documents safe. Unfortunately, they don’t realize the damage that can be done to items that are left in extreme heat. If you do decide to use a unit, make sure to find reliable climate controlled storage units in Houston. That way your valuables will stay cool and retain their integrity.
- Don’t do any strenuous activities during peak hours: Houston is a city that welcomes runners, and there is no doubt that running can have great effects on your health. That is, of course, if you make sure to be smart about your running or other cardiovascular activities. If it’s hot outside, make sure to run in the morning or evening before the sun comes out. Heat stroke is no fun.
These are just some of the few ways to beat the heat this summer in Houston. Here’s to a great summer in one of the best places in all of the United States!
Mike Weaver is a Houston native and father of two, who on his spare time loves to write.