staying warm in colder weather

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

When it gets chilly, we all seek out a lot of things to keep ourselves cozy in Grimes. Unfortunately, some of these things are in fact making us colder! However, Heartland Heating & Cooling is always ready to do your furnace maintenance—and that will absolutely keep you cozy.

Take a look at some of the collective legends about what will help you keep cozy 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 cozy to clutch that warm mug, but once you consume a hot beverage, your body will work against you and switch on your natural cooling mechanisms.
  • Ok, but alcoholic beverages can make you warmer. Wrong again. While alcohol can 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 chillier when you hop out of the hot water and the water commences 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 valid that white or light clothing will reflect the sun’s rays, it may also reflect your body’s own heat back—basically locking in your body heat 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 proportionate to the area of uncovered skin on your head in relation to the rest of your body. So, shelter as much skin as possible to avoid heat loss.
  • So now you know what you could be doing wrong in trying to keep yourself warm. What you can do that will help keep you warm is loyally scheduling your routine annual furnace maintenance appointments with Heartland Heating & Cooling in Grimes. Nothing keeps you warm like a perfected furnace. Call us today at 515-344-3579 to keep cozy this season!

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