Things You are Doing to Stay Warm That are Actually Making You Colder11/10/2017When it gets chilly, we all seek out a lot of things to keep ourselves warm in Moline. Unfortunately, some of these things are actually making us colder! Fortunately, Freed Heating & Air Conditioning is always ready to do your furnace maintenance—and that will definitely keep you warm. Take a look at some of the common fables about what will help you warm up when the temperatures drop. These things are in fact making you colder! Drinking hot drinks will warm you up. Wrong. It may feel nice and warm to grasp that warm mug, but once you consume a heated beverage, your body will operate against you and switch on your natural cooling mechanisms. Ok, but alcoholic beverages can make you warmer. Wrong again. While alcohol tends to warm up your skin, it can really make you colder because it can reduce your core temperature. A long, hot shower or bath will do the trick. In reality, you’re only going to feel chillier when you hop out of the warm water and the water begins to evaporate off your skin in the frosty 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 back—fundamentally locking in your body warmth under your clothes. Most body heat escapes through your head, so I’m good with my hat. The amount of heat that escapes from your head is proportionate to the area of bare skin on your head in relation to the rest of your body. So, protect as much skin as possible to evade heat loss. So now you know what you could be doing improperly in trying to keep yourself warm. What you can do that will help keep you comfortable is loyally scheduling your regular annual furnace maintenance appointments with Freed Heating & Air Conditioning in Moline. Nothing keeps you warm more so than a fine-tuned furnace. Call us today at 309-762-3641 or schedule an appointment with us online to keep warm this season!