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 comfortable in South Beloit and Belvidere. Unfortunately, some of these things are really making us colder! However, Fleming Heating & Air Conditioning Inc. is always ready to perform your furnace maintenance—and that will absolutely keep you comfortable. Check out some of the common fables about what will help you stay comfortable when the temperatures drop. 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 hot beverage, your body will operate against you and start 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 reality, you’re only going to feel chillier when you get out of the hot water and the water commences to evaporate off your skin in the cool 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 in exchange—fundamentally locking in your body heat under your clothes. Most body heat escapes through your head, so I’m good with my hat. The quantity of heat that outflows from your head is proportionate to the area of bare skin on your head in relation to the rest of your body. So, cover as much skin as possible to dodge this heat loss. So now you know what you could be doing improperly in trying to keep yourself toasty. What you can do that will help keep you comfy is loyally arranging your standard annual furnace maintenance appointments with Fleming Heating & Air Conditioning Inc. in South Beloit and Belvidere. Nothing keeps you warm better than a perfected furnace. Call us today at 877-389-2465 or schedule an appointment with us online to keep comfortable this time of year!