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

November 10, 2017

 

When it gets chilly, we all try a lot of things to keep ourselves warm in Cedar Rapids. Unfortunately, some of these things are actually making us colder! However, Ilten's Incorporated is always ready to check on your furnace maintenance—and that will absolutely keep you cozy.

Check out some of the common myths about what will help you keep cozy when the temperatures drop. These things are actually 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 consume a warm beverage, your body will operate against you and turn on your natural cooling mechanisms.
  • Ok, but alcoholic beverages can make you warmer. Wrong again. While alcohol will warm up your skin, it can really make you cooler because it can lower your core temperature.
  • A long, hot shower or bath will do the trick. In fact, you’re only going to feel chillier when you leave the warm water and the water starts to evaporate off your skin in the cold air.
  • You should always wear dark colors to absorb the sun’s heat and leave light colors for the warmer days. While it’s real that white or light clothing will reflect the sun’s rays, it may also reflect your body’s own heat in return—essentially 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 escapes from your head is proportionate to the area of bare skin on your head compared with the rest of your body. So, shelter as much skin as possible to dodge this heat loss.
  • So now you know what you could be doing wrong in trying to keep yourself comfortable. What you can do that will help keep you comfortable is dependably arranging your routine annual furnace maintenance appointments with Ilten's Incorporated in Cedar Rapids. Nothing keeps you warm like a tweaked furnace. Call us today at 319-208-3295 to keep cozy this winter!