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 warm when the temperatures plummet in the Bay Area. Unfortunately, a few of those remedies are truly making us frigid. One way you can definitely warm up? Have the team at Contra Costa Heating & AC do regular furnace maintenance!
Take a look at some of the common myths about what will warm you up when the temperatures drop. These habits are actually making you colder!
  • Most body heat vanishes through your head, a hat is all you need. Protect as much skin as possible to avoid heat loss. The amount of heat that vanishes from your head is proportionate to the area of exposed skin in relation to the rest of your body. If more skin is out in the open, more heat will escape.
  • Dark clothes absorb the heat from the sun. Light colors reflect light and should only be worn during warmer temperatures. It’s true that white or light clothing will reflect the sun’s warmth. However, it may also reflect your body’s own heat back—essentially trapping your body warmth under your clothes.
  • A scorching 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 make your temperature drop. You’ll still be left feeling cold.
  • Drinking warm drinks will keep you warm. This is a classic treatment for when you’re feeling cold. Nothing is more reassuring that the nice toasty feeling you get when you’re holding a warm cup of tea or coffee. Unfortunately, once you drink a warm beverage, your body will work against you and start to cool itself.
Though it’s unfortunate, some of the typical ways we try to stay warm are making us colder. If you want a better way to keep warm, set up your routine furnace maintenance with Contra Costa Heating & AC in the Bay Area. There’s no better way to stay warm in your home than a furnace that’s running efficiently. Call us today at [[phonenumber]] or schedule an appointment with us online!
 


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