Winter Coats Can Leak Heat Like Your Home

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HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV) -- The last day of January was warm enough for short sleeves, and you'll get more of the same for a while; however, experts say we shouldn't pack those sweaters away just yet.

Using an infrared camera, we're able to see where heat is leaking from homes and our coats. You might be surprised at how much heat you're losing if you're wearing the wrong coat.

"February can be one of the harshest months typically around here," explained WHSV Meteorologist Aubrey Urbanowicz.

She said we're not out of the winter woods yet as we head into February.

That's why picking out the right coat is so important, and there's one key ingredient you should look for.

Jessica Taylor, the manager with Walkabout Outfitters in Harrisonburg, explained, "Down is filled with 800 goose-filled down, and it keeps you warm in any type of climate whether it's 60 degrees or 20 degrees.”

It's that kind of insulation that Taylor says keeps you protected from the frigid air outside. It's similar to how Joseph Moore, an energy auditor, said your house keeps out the cold as he uses infrared technology to find drafts.

"Air is the best insulator there is. Heat doesn't transmit through a vacuum at all," Moore shared.

"With temperatures into the 20s or 30s, it doesn't have to be in the teens. That can be dangerous weather to be outside in for too long and February can be a rough months sometimes," concluded Urbanowicz. is happy to provide a forum for commenting and discussion. Please respect and abide by the house rules:

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