Things You are Doing to Stay Warm That are Actually Making You Colder11/10/2017When it gets chilly, we all try a lot of things to keep ourselves warm in Elmhurst. Unfortunately, some of these things are in fact making us colder! However, Alan Heating Air Conditioning, Inc. is always ready to perform your furnace maintenance—and that will absolutely keep you cozy. Here are some of the collective 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 warm to hold that warm mug, but once you drink 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 tends to warm up your skin, it can actually make you colder 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 colder 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 back—basically blocking 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 equivalent to the area of uncovered skin on your head in relation to the rest of your body. So, cover as much skin as possible to avoid heat loss. So now you know what you could be doing wrong in trying to keep yourself toasty. What you can do that will help keep you comfy is faithfully scheduling your routine annual furnace maintenance appointments with Alan Heating Air Conditioning, Inc. in Elmhurst. Nothing keeps you warm more so than a fine-tuned furnace. Call us today at 630-833-1100 or schedule an appointment with us online to keep cozy this season!