I’ve been a resident of the southwest for a few years now. Let myself and others just get this out of the way: yeah, it is terribly hot here for most of the year. The humidity is unquestionably low in this region, so the heat tends to get much higher that it would in other regions of the country. Still, that’s not to say that this section is uninhabitable – you just have to assume critically about how you’re combatting the dry heat! In the deep south, people have no option but to rely on forced central a/cs that are supercharged with refrigerant. Additionally, those folks often rely on an A/C system that cools plus dehumidifies, as it is much easier to cool down a cabin with low humidity. You might assume that southwestern homes cool down fast due to low humidity as well, but don’t be mistaken! The problem here is that the humidity is too low, so the solution is an a/c component that can also humidify the house. While homeowners here can buy both a central A/C system and a humidifier, the better plus more cost-effective option might be a swamp cooler! Swamp coolers have one powered component, which is a blower that certainly pulls outside air into the cooling system before sending it into the house. Since swamp coolers (or evaporative coolers) rely on the outside air plus cool, wet pads to chill plus dampen that air, this alternative a/c is a highly effective way to keep your desert apartment cool without spending a fortune.