So you’ve recently relocated to Phoenix, and you’re not quite sure how to prepare for your first winter here in the Valley — beyond nodding excitedly at the local idiom, “you don’t have to shovel sunshine.” Welcome, and congratulations on choosing the snowbird lifestyle!
Though winters are pretty moderate in Arizona, there are some things you need to know. We’re here to help you prepare your home with useful seasonal tips, and we’ve also highlighted some of our favorite wintertime activities.
With average winter highs in the 60s, Phoenix residents don’t have to worry about bone-chilling temperatures or dreary, frigid days. Nonetheless, your home and outdoor space still require some basic maintenance to keep them in ideal condition.
Whether you’re using a heated pool like the one at Aderra all winter long or simply maintaining your own pool until the warmer months, you can abide by a few simple tips to keep it sparkling and clean. Cut back on chlorine additions from November to February, and check the pH more often to avoid algae buildup and ugly stains.
If you plan to close your pool, follow these steps:
- Adjust the pH to roughly 7.5
- Run the filter for a day or two
- Vacuum the pool
- Add algaecide
- Lower the water level before covering it for the winter
The HVAC System
Test your thermostat early in the season to ensure it works properly. Check the vents and change any filters, as continuous summertime air-conditioning will typically have accumulated quite a lot of dust and debris. Don’t wait until you hear strange noises or see water dripping from a vent to act; consider scheduling bi-annual maintenance to keep your systems in working order.
A roaring fire on a cool night is nothing short of ideal, if you ask us!
Some fire safety tips:
- Always keep loose paper and wood away from the fireplace.
- Clear ash from previous fires to a height of one inch or lower.
- Hire a professional company to clean your chimney each year. They will check for cracks and signs of disrepair, and most importantly, they will clear your flues and chimney of debris and creosote, a natural byproduct of burning wood.
- Be sure to check that your smoke detectors, carbon monoxide detectors, and fire extinguishers are in operable condition.
Scorpions do not die off each winter; they in fact hibernate, often in the warm, dark areas of homes. Eek! Scorpions only need an opening sized one-sixteenth of an inch to find their way into crevices and cracks, so they are often found between floors, under baseboards, beneath chairs and couches, and, yes, in boots and shoes left by the door.
You can better prevent scorpion infestations by closing off entry points, such as pipes and doors, and trimming away shrubs and foliage from windows and doors. For serious scorpion issues, contact a licensed pest control service.
Now for the fun stuff: With mild temperatures and less than one inch of monthly precipitation, the whole of Arizona is at your disposal to enjoy this winter. Here are a few of our favorite suggestions!
Hiking and Mountains
Hiking is the unofficial winter sport of Phoenix. With 40,000 acres of trails, preserves, and parks, you have a plethora of gorgeous outdoor opportunities for every age and skill level. All you need is a comfortable pair of shoes—and perhaps a pair of sweatpants for the early-morning treks.
You’re never far from the mountains, either. Camelback Mountain’s central location beckons for a lovely hike, Prescott and Pinetop are a short trip for a getaway cabin weekend, and just a few hours’ drive north of Phoenix, the Arizona Snowbowl features 40 different ski trails.
Are you ready for a morning snowboarding run followed by a relaxing trail hike in shorts and a T-shirt in the evening? What a great way to spend a winter day!
With more than 300 courses, Phoenix and the surrounding cities are a proverbial golf mecca. Many of these are open to the public every day of the year, and you’ll love pulling out the clubs on a December morning while your relatives back East are donning the heavy jackets.
Each February, the best of the best in the PGA gather for the Waste Management Phoenix Open. Join the notably raucous crowd for one of the hallmark events on the professional golf calendar.
One of the hidden pleasures of such temperate winter weather is the extension of patio season for restaurants, making outside dining a nearly year-round activity. Whether you’re enjoying storybook views of Phoenix’s legendary sunsets with a fine glass of wine or taking the family out to a traditional Mexican courtyard, stop for a minute to appreciate your al fresco experience in the middle of winter!
There’s no better place from which to experience Phoenix than your Aderra condo. We’ve got amenities like a pool and fitness center and are located in close proximity to a top-notch golf club, downtown Scottsdale, and more. Come check us out today and find out why our residents love us!