Hot Under the Collar – Facts You Never Knew About Heat (Part 1)

February 24 2015

James Patten


Dedicated readers of our blog will know that we love our trivia. Not only is it plain interesting, but we also tend to find that, in the area of heating, there are loads of things to cover. In the past, we’ve brought you details about the most extreme temperatures you’ll find on earth, facts about snow and myths about heating or cooling systems (to name but a few angles), but in this blog we’re going to talk about ‘heat’ itself. Sound basic? Trust us, you’re interested, even if you don’t know it yet…

Did you know that your work output can drop by almost a full half when the temperature climbs to around 35 degrees? What’s more, you’re levels of accuracy can plummet by as much as 700%!

Many people think they’ll lose weight far more easily in hot conditions. Whilst this is true, you’ll easily gain it back simply by doing basic things like eating and drinking. Sorry to burst your bubble.

Typically, men sweat more than women do. It’s a biological thing. However, this means that they’re far more likely to suffer from heat related problems like dehydration as well.

Usually, you’re cooler in the shade. However, the highest temperature ever noted in the shade was a staggering 57.8 degrees! This was observed in Libya during 1922. We’re very glad we weren’t there!

In cities, the abundance of concrete structures can store far more heat than you’d ever think. Just by moving into a city, the temperature can be raised by as much as 22 degrees during night-time hours.

As a rough figure, the temperature slowly decreases by about 3.5 degrees or so every time you ascend 1000 feet. It’s not a concrete formula, but it certainly works in plenty of places.

Did you know that the saying ‘as cool as a cucumber’ is very apt? The inside of a cucumber can be more than 10 degrees colder than the air in the outside world. Who said old sayings aren’t true?!

Did you know that the term ‘heatwave’ hasn’t always been used in association with an extended period of hot weather? The description was first used in 1890s New York.

We hope you’ve enjoyed our compilation of facts about heat energy (there’s more to come!), even if it’s just been a trip down memory lane to your high school science days. However, although we’re fascinated by trivia, rest assured that we’re anything but trivial with regards to our warm air heating solutions, and indeed our cooling systems, as we have the most comprehensive selection around. Contact our friendly team today by calling 01509 814 123 and we’ll be happy to help.

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