July 8th, 2020

  Cosmo here! We dogs don’t perspire. We pant. You humans, however, perspire to keep cool. When you find yourself perspiring, you might think it’s the heat, but The Boss says there are other reasons you might be perspiring. Close-up of sweating woman's forehead When you’re perspiring, your first instinct might be to lower your thermostat. You figure that your AC is there to keep you comfortable, and you’re sure you’re hot because the air is hot. It’s possible, however, that you can feel hotter due to your body’s chemistry. In these cases, you can cool down without increasing your energy home’s consumption. So, before you run to your thermostat, take a moment to consider the following:

Maybe it’s something you ate.

If you’re eating or just finished a meal, your digestion or tastebuds may be making you feel hot. If you’re a connoisseur of spicy foods, you’ve probably experienced the sensation of having your whole body feel like it’s heating up just from eating something spicy. This happens because your body responds to spicy flavors by sending blood to your face and tongue, prompting a sensation of heat. 

Digestion can also cause the human body to feel hotter, even if the food consumed wasn’t spicy. The so-called “meat sweats” occur when the body digests a large amount of protein. If you’re experiencing the meat sweats, you can take a walk after eating to accelerate the metabolism. You can also prevent the meat sweats by taking an antacid before the meal.

Or it could be something you drank.

If you drink a lot of hot coffee or another caffeinated beverage, the temperature of the drink might not be the only thing warming you up. One way the body reacts to caffeine is by producing heat.

Although alcohol lowers body temperature, it can make you feel warmer by relaxing your face’s blood vessels, making alcohol another beverage choice that might make you feel warmer. 

You might be experiencing anxiety.

When you’re stressed out, the body may respond with an adrenaline rush that can make you feel warmer. If you can calm down (effective methods include taking a walk or doing breathing exercises), you can also cool down.  

These are some of the most common reasons people get heated – they can happen to anybody. Other causes, such as insulin resistance, thyroid issues, or pregnancy, are more specific. If you want to find out whether any of these are causing you to feel heated, an HVAC contractor won’t be nearly as much help to you as your medical professional will. 

However, if the cause is a malfunctioning HVAC system and not any of the above, we can help! For reliable air conditioning repair service throughout Mercer County and surrounding areas, call 609-448-1273 or fill out this form to contact SG Heating & Air Conditioning LLC today!

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