Things You are Doing to Stay Warm That are Actually Making You Colder11/10/2017When it gets cold, we all try a lot of things to keep ourselves cozy in Madera. Unfortunately, some of these things are really making us colder! Luckily, Brian’s Heating & Cooling, Inc. is always ready to perform your furnace maintenance—and that will certainly keep you cozy. Here are some of the collective myths about what will help you stay comfortable when the temperatures lower. These things are actually making you colder! Drinking hot drinks will warm you up. Wrong. It may feel nice and cozy to hold that warm mug, but once you consume 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 cooler because it can lower your core temperature. A long, hot shower or bath will do the trick. Actually, you’re only going to feel more cold when you leave the nice 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 in exchange—fundamentally locking in your body warmth 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 comparable to the area of bare skin on your head in relation to 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 improperly in trying to keep yourself comfortable. What you can do that will help keep you warm is faithfully setting up your regular annual furnace maintenance appointments with Brian’s Heating & Cooling, Inc. in Madera. Nothing keeps you warm like a tweaked furnace. Call us today at 559-675-1681 or set up an appointment with us online to keep comfortable this winter!