staying warm in colder weather

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

 

When it gets brisk, we all attempt a lot of things to keep ourselves cozy in Greater Richmond. Unfortunately, some of these things are actually making us colder! However, Herman Allen Plumbing, Heating & Cooling is always available to check on your furnace maintenance—and that will absolutely keep you comfortable.

Take a look at some of the common fables about what will help you warm up 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 toasty to hold that warm mug, but once you consume a warm beverage, your body will operate against you and switch on 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 chillier 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 more cold when you leave 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 back—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 comparable to the area of bare skin on your head in relation to the rest of your body. So, cover as much skin as possible to evade heat loss.
  • So now you know what you could be doing incorrectly in trying to keep yourself comfortable. What you can do that will help keep you comfortable is faithfully scheduling your regular annual furnace maintenance appointments with Herman Allen Plumbing, Heating & Cooling in Greater Richmond. Nothing keeps you warm better than a tweaked furnace. Call us today at 804-302-6657 to keep cozy this time of year!

     


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