Things You are Doing to Stay Warm That are Actually Making You Colder11/10/2017When it gets brisk, we all try a lot of things to keep ourselves warm in West Valley. Unfortunately, some of these things are in fact making us colder! However, Select Comfort System Heating & Air Conditioning is always ready to check on your furnace maintenance—and that will certainly keep you cozy. Check out some of the collective legends about what will help you warm up when the temperatures lower. These things are really making you colder! Drinking hot drinks will warm you up. Wrong. It may feel nice and toasty to clutch that warm mug, but once you consume a hot 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 in fact 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 hot water and the water commences 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 in return—essentially blocking your body heat under your clothes. Most body heat escapes through your head, so I’m good with my hat. The quantity of heat that outflows from your head is proportionate to the area of exposed skin on your head in relation to the rest of your body. So, protect as much skin as possible to evade heat loss. So now you know what you could be doing incorrectly in trying to keep yourself warm. What you can do that will help keep you warm is loyally arranging your standard annual furnace maintenance appointments with Select Comfort System Heating & Air Conditioning in West Valley. Nothing keeps you warm like a perfected furnace. Call us today at 801-305-4777 or set up an appointment with us online to keep comfortable this time of year!