We always hear that Arizona is too dry for hardwood floors. That is the case for some engineered floors and a few solid woods, but with proper acclimation wood performs almost flawlessly.
Yes, we are dry. But we are always dry, which makes our environment quite stable. This is not as confusing as it sounds. Once a product has properly acclimated we generally see little movement due to our climate-controlled homes and relatively short monsoon season. This means that once a wood floor has reached it’s EMC% (Equilibrium Moisture Content), it will move very little. Now there are exceptions, and care must be taken to control the homes environment.
Acclimation takes time and can not be rushed. Denser woods tend to acclimate slower, so be patient! Buy good moisture meters and use them. They will help assure a sound installation that will last a lifetime!
You can learn more about the process of acclimating wood and how to properly acclimate a wood floor in the NWFA Moisture and Wood Technical Publication No. A100 (revised 2017) on page 14.