If you have ever lived where it is cold and snowy half the year, you may be wondering why your retired parents are requesting an air conditioning replacement as a Christmas present. Right now, you cannot possibly imagine how anyone would want or need to be cool or cold. After all, your parents did retire and move to Arizona. Here is where and why this request is a perfectly normal one, and why you should buy it for your parents.
Down South, It Is Still HOT
Georgia, Florida, New Mexico, SoCal, Texas, Arizona, Mississippi, and Louisiana all have daily high temperatures in the seventies and eighties. If your parents are living in the southernmost areas of Arizona, it may even hit the nineties this time of year. While you are "up north" freezing your tail feathers off, your parents are sweating and baking in the Arizona sun. Most residents of these states have their A/C on almost all year long, at least during the day. At night, some of them have to switch to heat at night because the temperature drops are so drastic at night.
Asking for A/C Is a Good Gift Request
If your parents are asking for help to replace their A/C in Arizona, that is a very good and very reasonable gift idea. Older adults cannot regulate their own body temperature very well, which is why they suffer from heat cramps, heat exhaustion, heat stroke, and heat-related deaths more often than most other age groups. If your parent's current air conditioning system has failed, they know they are at risk for these heat-related problems as long as they stay in Arizona. By granting and gifting them with a new air conditioner or air conditioning system, you are helping them stay cool and comfortable, while also keeping them safe and healthy.
Finding and Hiring an HVAC Contractor When You Do Not Live in the Same State
If you have decided to purchase the new A/C for your parents, you will need to find and hire an HVAC contractor. This is difficult when you do not live in the same city and state. However, if you are going to visit your parents in Arizona for the holidays, you could arrive a few days earlier, find a contractor, and pay for the air conditioner or heat pump, and then pay for its installation. Just as the HVAC contractor shows up to make the installation, you can show up on your parents' doorstep and wish them a Merry Christmas!