Things You are Doing to Stay Warm That are Actually Making You Colder

November 10, 2017

 

When it gets brisk, we all seek out a lot of things to keep ourselves comfortable in Mount Hope. Unfortunately, some of these things are really making us colder! Luckily, Appalachian Heating is always ready to perform your furnace maintenance—and that will certainly keep you cozy.

Take a look at some of the usual legends about what will help you keep cozy when the temperatures lower. These things are in fact making you colder!

  • Drinking hot drinks will warm you up. Wrong. It may feel nice and warm to grasp that warm mug, but once you consume a hot beverage, your body will work against you and start your natural cooling mechanisms.
  • Ok, but alcoholic beverages can make you warmer. Wrong again. While alcohol tends to warm up your skin, it can really make you colder because it can reduce your core temperature.
  • A long, hot shower or bath will do the trick. In fact, you’re only going to feel chillier when you hop out of the hot water and the water starts to evaporate off your skin in the cool air.
  • You should always wear dark colors to absorb the sun’s heat and leave light colors for the warmer days. While it’s real that white or light clothing will reflect the sun’s rays, it may also reflect your body’s own heat in return—basically blocking your body heat under your clothes.
  • Most body heat escapes through your head, so I’m good with my hat. The sum of heat that outflows from your head is equivalent to the area of exposed skin on your head in relation to the rest of your body. So, protect as much skin as possible to evade heat loss.
  • So now you know what you could be doing incorrectly in trying to keep yourself warm. What you can do that will help keep you comfortable is faithfully arranging your regular annual furnace maintenance appointments with Appalachian Heating in Mount Hope. Nothing keeps you warm better than a perfected furnace. Call us today at 304-707-0600 to keep warm this time of year!