It is the beginning of October, and the temperatures are finally starting to cool down. While winter may not technically be here yet, and the weather isn’t cold enough to make you shiver in the middle of the night quite yet, it won’t be long until you are going to need your heating unit.
If you haven’t already, you should schedule a maintenance checkup with a professional HVAC technician to ensure that your heating system is ready to keep your family and home warm this winter. A technician will detect any potential issues with your unit so that they can be remedied before winter.
After all, the last thing you want is to wake up at 2 a.m. shivering because your heating unit broke down on you. The same can be said to coming home to a freezing home after a long day at work.
However, if something happens and your heating unit does fail on you, follow these tips to remain warm until one of our technicians can get out to your home to diagnose and repair the problem.
Tip #1: Layer Your Clothing
A lot of people think that a big, bulky coat will do the trick. However, the more layers that you have on, the warmer you are going to be. This is why it you should layer your clothing during the winter in order to stay warm.
As you are layering, make sure that you begin with your thinnest layer and end with your thickest layer. In addition, pay close attention to insulating fabrics that are able to absorb your sweat, such as cashmere, wool and polar fleece. Likewise, make sure to avoid linen and cotton fabrics since they won’t absorb heat.
Also, try to cover up as much of your skin as you can. In other words, use hats, scarves, gloves and other accessories to layer up. The more of your skin that is exposed to the cold air, the colder you are going to feel.
Tip #2: Indulge in the Right Beverages and Foods
While you may be tempted to reach for a bowl of steamy soup or a cup of hot chocolate, you will be surprised to know that there are other foods and beverages that can help you warm your body from the inside out. Now, this isn’t to say that neither of those won’t help warm you up, but there are other foods that have been proven to do the trick.
For example, iced coffee (yes, really, coffee with ice) has been shown to assist in warming you up when you are cold. It is all thanks to the caffeine in the coffee, though, because it helps to increase metabolism, which then increases your body temperature. In addition to iced coffee, bananas can also help by regulating your body temperature thanks to being rich in magnesium and B vitamins.
Tip #3: Switch Your Ceiling Fan to Reverse
Believe it or not, your ceiling fan can do a lot more for you than keep you cool during the summertime. It can help you stay warm during the winter as well.
The key to using your ceiling fan for warmth is reversing the direction that the blades are turning. As a general rule, the ceiling fan is pushing the air down, which helps to cool you down. However, in order to keep you warm, you need the hot air that has risen up to the ceiling to be brought down to the floor. This can be done with the reverse fan setting and the low fan speed.
If you would like to schedule a maintenance appointment or your heating unit has broken down, contact Peterson Heating and Cooling.