Things You are Doing to Stay Warm That are Actually Making You Colder11/10/2017When it gets cold, we all attempt a lot of things to keep ourselves cozy in Cedar Rapids. Unfortunately, some of these things are actually making us colder! However, Ilten's Incorporated is always ready to do your furnace maintenance—and that will certainly keep you warm. Check out some of the common myths about what will help you stay comfortable when the temperatures lower. These things are in fact making you colder! Drinking hot drinks will warm you up. Wrong. It may feel nice and cozy to clutch that warm mug, but once you gulp a heated beverage, your body will function against you and turn on your natural cooling mechanisms. Ok, but alcoholic beverages can make you warmer. Wrong again. While alcohol can warm up your skin, it can actually make you cooler because it can lower your core temperature. A long, hot shower or bath will do the trick. In reality, you’re only going to feel chillier when you leave the hot water and the water starts to evaporate off your skin in the cool 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 in return—fundamentally trapping your body heat under your clothes. Most body heat escapes through your head, so I’m good with my hat. The sum of heat that emits from your head is comparable to the area of bare skin on your head compared with the rest of your body. So, protect as much skin as possible to avoid heat loss. So now you know what you could be doing incorrectly in trying to keep yourself warm. What you can do that will help keep you warm is faithfully setting up your routine annual furnace maintenance appointments with Ilten's Incorporated in Cedar Rapids. Nothing keeps you warm more so than a tweaked furnace. Call us today at 319-363-0283 or arrange an appointment with us online to keep warm this season!