Things You are Doing to Stay Warm That are Actually Making You Colder11/10/2017When it gets chilly, we all attempt a lot of things to keep ourselves warm in Keokuk. Unfortunately, some of these things are actually making us colder! Luckily, WM J Kraus & Son is always ready to do your furnace maintenance—and that will definitely keep you cozy. Check out some of the usual legends about what will help you warm up when the temperatures drop. These things are actually 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 warm beverage, your body will function against you and switch on 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 colder because it can reduce your core temperature. A long, hot shower or bath will do the trick. In fact, you’re only going to feel colder when you hop out of the hot 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 true that white or light clothing will reflect the sun’s rays, it may also reflect your body’s own heat in exchange—basically locking in your body comfort 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 comparison with the rest of your body. So, protect 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 warm. What you can do that will help keep you comfy is loyally arranging your regular annual furnace maintenance appointments with WM J Kraus & Son in Keokuk. Nothing keeps you warm like a perfected furnace. Call us today at 319-524-3714 or schedule an appointment with us online to keep warm this season!