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

November 10, 2017

We all try small tricks to keep warm when the temperatures falls in Elk River. Though we wish they didn’t, some of those remedies are truly making us frigid. One way you can definitely warm up? Have the experts at Home Comfort Heating & Air do annual furnace maintenance!
Read up on some of the common myths about what will warm you up when the temperatures plumet. These routines are actually making you colder!
  • Most body heat disappears through your head, a hat is all you need. Cover as much skin as possible to avoid heat loss. The amount of heat that disappears from your head is proportionate to the area of exposed skin in relation to the rest of your body. If more skin is exposed, more heat will disappear.
  • Dark clothes absorb the heat from the sun. Light colors reflect light and should only be worn during the warmer season. It’s true that white or light clothing will reflect the sun’s light. However, it may also help you keep your body heat by reflecting it back—essentially trapping your body warmth under your clothes.
  • A steamy shower or bath will warm you up. Unfortunately, you’re only going to feel a bad chill when you move out of the warm water. When you’re exposed to cold air, the water will evaporate off your skin leaving you feeling a chill.
  • Alcoholic beverages can warm you up. Alcohol can warm up your skin, but it can also make your core temperature drop. You’ll still be left feeling cold.
  • Having warm drinks will keep you warm. This is a classic remedy for when you’re feeling cold. Nothing is more comforting that the nice toasty feeling you get when you’re holding a warm drink. Unfortunately, when you drink a warm beverage, your body will work against you and try to cool itself.
Unfortunately, some of the classic ways we try to remain warm are making us colder. If you want a simplier way to keep warm, book your routine furnace maintenance with Home Comfort Heating & Air in Elk River. There’s no simplier way to stay warm in your home than a furnace that’s running in peak condition. Call us today at [[phonenumber]] or schedule an appointment with us online!