staying warm in colder weather

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

We all try small tricks to keep cozy when the temperatures falls in Erie. Unfortunately, a few of those remedies are really making us colder. One way you can definitely keep warm? Have the pros at Patterson & Stirling Inc do routine furnace maintenance!
Take a look at some of the common myths about what will help you warm up when the temperatures plumet. These routines are actually making you colder!
  • Most body heat disappears through your head, a hat is all that’s required. Cover as much skin as possible to avoid heat loss. The amount of heat that escapes 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 rays. However, it may also help you keep your body heat by reflecting it back—essentially trapping your body heat under your clothes.
  • A steamy shower or bath will warm you up. Unfortunately, you’re only going to feel chillier when you get 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 lower your core temperature. 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 reassuring that the nice toasty feeling you get when you’re holding a warm mug. Unfortunately, once you drink a warm beverage, your body will work against you and start to cool itself.
Sadly, some of the classic ways we try to remain warm are making us colder. If you want a better way to keep warm, schedule your routine furnace maintenance with Patterson & Stirling Inc in Erie. There’s no easier way to stay warm in your house than a furnace that’s running efficiently. Call us today at [[phonenumber]] or schedule an appointment with us online!
 


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