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

November 10, 2017

 

When it gets cold, we all attempt a lot of things to keep ourselves warm in Ellsworth. Unfortunately, some of these things are in fact making us colder! However, Walter's-Eaton's Electric, Plumbing, Heating & AC is always ready to check on your furnace maintenance—and that will definitely keep you warm.

Check out some of the common legends 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 grasp that warm mug, but once you drink a hot beverage, your body will function against you and switch on 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 decrease your core temperature.
  • A long, hot shower or bath will do the trick. Actually, you’re only going to feel chillier when you leave the nice water and the water begins to evaporate off your skin in the frosty air.
  • You should always wear dark colors to absorb the sun’s heat and leave light colors for the warmer days. While it’s valid that white or light clothing will reflect the sun’s rays, it may also reflect your body’s own heat back—essentially trapping your body comfort under your clothes.
  • Most body heat escapes through your head, so I’m good with my hat. The amount of heat that outflows from your head is equivalent to the area of bare skin on your head in relation to the rest of your body. So, shelter as much skin as possible to dodge this heat loss.
  • So now you know what you could be doing incorrectly in trying to keep yourself toasty. What you can do that will help keep you comfortable is loyally arranging your regular annual furnace maintenance appointments with Walter's-Eaton's Electric, Plumbing, Heating & AC in Ellsworth. Nothing keeps you warm better than a tweaked furnace. Call us today at 715-318-6728 to keep cozy this season!