Things You are Doing to Stay Warm That are Actually Making You Colder11/10/2017When it gets brisk, we all attempt a lot of things to keep ourselves warm in McHenry. Unfortunately, some of these things are actually making us colder! Luckily, Jett's Heating & Air Inc. is always ready to perform your furnace maintenance—and that will certainly keep you comfortable. Here are some of the common legends about what will help you keep cozy 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 toasty to grasp 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 actually make you chillier because it can reduce 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 commences 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 real that white or light clothing will reflect the sun’s rays, it may also reflect your body’s own heat in return—fundamentally trapping 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 escapes from your head is equivalent to the area of uncovered skin on your head in relation to the rest of your body. So, protect as much skin as possible to avoid 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 warm is faithfully scheduling your regular annual furnace maintenance appointments with Jett's Heating & Air Inc. in McHenry. Nothing keeps you warm like a fine-tuned furnace. Call us today at 815-459-4700 or set up an appointment with us online to keep comfortable this winter!