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

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When it gets brisk, we all try a lot of things to keep ourselves cozy in Pella. Unfortunately, some of these things are in fact making us colder! However, Van Haaften Plumbing & Heating is always available to perform your furnace maintenance—and that will certainly keep you cozy.

Here are some of the collective myths about what will help you stay comfortable when the temperatures drop. These things are really making you colder!

  • Drinking hot drinks will warm you up. Wrong. It may feel nice and cozy to hold that warm mug, but once you drink a heated 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 tends to warm up your skin, it can in fact make you colder because it can decrease your core temperature.
  • A long, hot shower or bath will do the trick. Actually, you’re only going to feel colder when you hop out of the nice water and the water commences 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 valid that white or light clothing will reflect the sun’s rays, it may also reflect your body’s own heat back—essentially trapping your body comfort under your clothes.
  • Most body heat escapes through your head, so I’m good with my hat. The quantity of heat that emits from your head is equivalent to the area of uncovered skin on your head compared with the rest of your body. So, protect as much skin as possible to dodge this 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 dependably scheduling your routine annual furnace maintenance appointments with Van Haaften Plumbing & Heating in Pella. Nothing keeps you warm better than a tweaked furnace. Call us today at 641-628-3621 to keep warm this time of year!

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