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 Utica. Unfortunately, some of these things are actually making us colder! Fortunately, Main Heating & Cooling, Inc. is always available to perform your furnace maintenance—and that will definitely keep you warm. Here are some of the collective myths about what will help you keep cozy when the temperatures drop. These things are in fact making you colder! Drinking hot drinks will warm you up. Wrong. It may feel nice and toasty to hold that warm mug, but once you drink a warm beverage, your body will function against you and turn on your natural cooling mechanisms. Ok, but alcoholic beverages can make you warmer. Wrong again. While alcohol can warm up your skin, it can really make you chillier because it can decrease your core temperature. A long, hot shower or bath will do the trick. In reality, you’re only going to feel more cold when you leave the hot water and the water starts 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 valid that white or light clothing will reflect the sun’s rays, it may also reflect your body’s own heat back—basically blocking your body comfort under your clothes. Most body heat escapes through your head, so I’m good with my hat. The quantity of heat that emits from your head is comparable to the area of bare 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 warm. What you can do that will help keep you warm is faithfully scheduling your routine annual furnace maintenance appointments with Main Heating & Cooling, Inc. in Utica. Nothing keeps you warm like a perfected furnace. Call us today at 586-731-0950 or schedule an appointment with us online to keep cozy this season!