staying warm in colder weather

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

When it gets brisk, we all try a lot of things to keep ourselves warm in West Jefferson. Unfortunately, some of these things are really making us colder! Fortunately, West Jefferson Plumbing and Heating, Inc. is always ready to perform your furnace maintenance—and that will absolutely keep you comfortable.

Take a look at some of the usual legends about what will help you keep cozy when the temperatures drop. These things are in fact 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 consume a hot 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 really make you cooler because it can decrease your core temperature.
  • A long, hot shower or bath will do the trick. Actually, 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 cold 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 locking in 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 emits from your head is comparable to the area of uncovered skin on your head in comparison with the rest of your body. So, protect as much skin as possible to avoid 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 warm is faithfully setting up your regular annual furnace maintenance appointments with West Jefferson Plumbing and Heating, Inc. in West Jefferson. Nothing keeps you warm better than a tweaked furnace. Call us today at 614-450-1575 to keep comfortable this time of year!

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