Things You are Doing to Stay Warm That are Actually Making You Colder11/10/2017When it gets cold, we all seek out a lot of things to keep ourselves warm in Genoa. Unfortunately, some of these things are actually making us colder! However, Assured Appliance and Heating & Air is always ready to perform your furnace maintenance—and that will absolutely keep you cozy. Check out some of the usual fables about what will help you stay comfortable when the temperatures reduce. These things are really 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 gulp a heated beverage, your body will work 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 in fact make you chillier because it can lower your core temperature. A long, hot shower or bath will do the trick. Actually, you’re only going to feel chillier when you leave the warm water and the water begins 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 true that white or light clothing will reflect the sun’s rays, it may also reflect your body’s own heat back—basically 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 outflows from your head is proportionate to the area of uncovered skin on your head in comparison with the rest of your body. So, shelter as much skin as possible to evade 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 warm is loyally scheduling your routine annual furnace maintenance appointments with Assured Appliance and Heating & Air in Genoa. Nothing keeps you warm more so than a perfected furnace. Call us today at 847-293-0047 or schedule an appointment with us online to keep comfortable this winter!