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

November 10, 2017

 

When it gets chilly, we all attempt a lot of things to keep ourselves cozy in Perry. Unfortunately, some of these things are actually making us colder! Fortunately, Gillman Heating and Air is always here to perform your furnace maintenance—and that will absolutely keep you cozy.

Take a look at some of the common myths about what will help you stay comfortable when the temperatures lower. These things are actually making you colder!

  • Drinking hot drinks will warm you up. Wrong. It may feel nice and warm to hold that warm mug, but once you gulp a heated 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 will warm up your skin, it can in fact make you colder because it can reduce your core temperature.
  • A long, hot shower or bath will do the trick. In reality, you’re only going to feel more cold when you get out of the hot water and the water begins 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 exchange—fundamentally locking in 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 escapes from your head is equivalent to the area of uncovered skin on your head compared with the rest of your body. So, protect as much skin as possible to dodge this heat loss.
  • So now you know what you could be doing wrong in trying to keep yourself comfortable. What you can do that will help keep you comfortable is dependably setting up your routine annual furnace maintenance appointments with Gillman Heating and Air in Perry. Nothing keeps you warm more so than a tweaked furnace. Call us today at 478-202-3076 to keep comfortable this time of year!