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

November 10, 2017

 

When it gets chilly, we all try a lot of things to keep ourselves cozy in Shelby. Unfortunately, some of these things are actually making us colder! However, Hopper Heating and Air is always available to do your furnace maintenance—and that will definitely keep you warm.

Check out some of the usual myths about what will help you stay comfortable when the temperatures drop. These things are really making you colder!

  • Drinking hot drinks will warm you up. Wrong. It may feel nice and toasty to hold that warm mug, but once you consume a warm beverage, your body will function 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 really make you cooler because it can lower your core temperature.
  • A long, hot shower or bath will do the trick. In reality, you’re only going to feel colder when you leave the nice 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 return—basically trapping your body comfort 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 comparable to the area of exposed skin on your head in comparison with the rest of your body. So, cover as much skin as possible to dodge this heat loss.
  • So now you know what you could be doing improperly in trying to keep yourself warm. What you can do that will help keep you warm is loyally scheduling your regular annual furnace maintenance appointments with Hopper Heating and Air in Shelby. Nothing keeps you warm more so than a tweaked furnace. Call us today at 704-233-7363 to keep comfortable this winter!