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

November 10, 2017

 

When it gets cold, we all try a lot of things to keep ourselves comfortable in Kearney. Unfortunately, some of these things are in fact making us colder! Fortunately, Thurston Heating & Air Conditioning is always available to check on your furnace maintenance—and that will definitely keep you warm.

Here are some of the common fables about what will help you stay comfortable when the temperatures lower. These things are actually making you colder!

  • Drinking hot drinks will warm you up. Wrong. It may feel nice and warm to grasp that warm mug, but once you drink a warm beverage, your body will function against you and turn on your natural cooling mechanisms.
  • Ok, but alcoholic beverages can make you warmer. Wrong again. While alcohol can warm up your skin, it can in fact make you cooler because it can lower your core temperature.
  • A long, hot shower or bath will do the trick. Actually, you’re only going to feel colder when you leave the hot water and the water starts 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 true 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 outflows from your head is comparable to the area of uncovered skin on your head compared with 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 improperly in trying to keep yourself comfortable. What you can do that will help keep you warm is loyally arranging your routine annual furnace maintenance appointments with Thurston Heating & Air Conditioning in Kearney. Nothing keeps you warm more so than a fine-tuned furnace. Call us today at 308-624-3485 to keep warm this time of year!