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 Charlottesville. Unfortunately, some of these things are in fact making us colder! Luckily, Beck Cohen is always here to perform your furnace maintenance—and that will absolutely keep you cozy. Check out some of the common legends about what will help you stay comfortable when the temperatures reduce. 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 consume a heated 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 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 get out of the warm water and the water commences 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—fundamentally 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 escapes from your head is comparable to the area of uncovered skin on your head compared with the rest of your body. So, shelter as much skin as possible to dodge this 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 comfortable is dependably scheduling your regular annual furnace maintenance appointments with Beck Cohen in Charlottesville. Nothing keeps you warm like a perfected furnace. Call us today at 434-296-0129 or set up an appointment with us online to keep comfortable this winter!