Things You are Doing to Stay Warm That are Actually Making You Colder11/10/2017When it gets chilly, we all try a lot of things to keep ourselves warm in Colfax. Unfortunately, some of these things are really making us colder! Fortunately, Ackerman Heating & Air Conditioning is always here to perform your furnace maintenance—and that will certainly keep you warm. Check out some of the usual legends 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 cozy to clutch that warm mug, but once you consume a warm 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 will warm up your skin, it can in fact make you colder because it can decrease your core temperature. A long, hot shower or bath will do the trick. In fact, you’re only going to feel more cold when you leave the warm water and the water begins 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 valid that white or light clothing will reflect the sun’s rays, it may also reflect your body’s own heat back—essentially blocking your body warmth under your clothes. Most body heat escapes through your head, so I’m good with my hat. The amount of heat that outflows from your head is comparable to the area of exposed skin on your head compared with 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 wrong in trying to keep yourself warm. What you can do that will help keep you comfy is faithfully arranging your routine annual furnace maintenance appointments with Ackerman Heating & Air Conditioning in Colfax. Nothing keeps you warm better than a fine-tuned furnace. Call us today at 509-397-3622 or arrange an appointment with us online to keep warm this time of year!