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

November 10, 2017

We all try some tricks to keep comfortable when the temperatures drop in Moline. Unfortunately, a number of those remedies are really making us frigid. One way you can definitely keep warm? Have the experts at Freed Heating & Air Conditioning do routine furnace maintenance!
Check out some of the common myths about what will help you warm up when the temperatures drop. These habits are actually making you colder!
  • Most body heat escapes through your head, a hat is all you have to have. Protect as much skin as possible to avoid heat loss. The amount of heat that escapes from your head is proportionate to the area of exposed skin in relation to the rest of your body. If more skin is uncovered, more heat will be lost.
  • Dark clothes absorb the heat from the sun. Light colors reflect light and should only be worn during the spring and summer. It’s true that white or light clothing will reflect the sun’s rays. However, it may also reflect your body’s own heat back—essentially trapping your body warmth under your clothes.
  • A scorching shower or bath will warm you up. Unfortunately, you’re only going to feel chillier when you get out of the warm water. When you’re in the cold air, the water will evaporate off your skin leaving you feeling frigid.
  • Alcoholic beverages can warm you up. Alcohol can warm up your skin, but it can also make your core temperature drop. You’ll still be left feeling cold.
  • Drinking warm drinks will keep you warm. This is a classic cure for when you’re feeling cold. Nothing is more soothing that the nice toasty feeling you get when you’re holding a warm cup of tea or coffee. Unfortunately, after you drink a warm beverage, your body will work against you and try to cool itself.
Though it’s unfortunate, some of the classic ways we try to stay warm are making us colder. If you want an easier way to keep warm, schedule your routine furnace maintenance with Freed Heating & Air Conditioning in Moline. There’s no simplier way to stay warm in your space than a furnace that’s running efficiently. Call us today at [[phonenumber]] or schedule an appointment with us online!