Things You are Doing to Stay Warm That are Actually Making You Colder11/10/2017When it gets brisk, we all seek out a lot of things to keep ourselves warm in Sylmar. Unfortunately, some of these things are actually making us colder! However, American Premier Heating & Air Conditioning is always ready to check on your furnace maintenance—and that will absolutely keep you cozy. Here are some of the collective legends 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 drink a heated beverage, your body will operate 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 reduce your core temperature. A long, hot shower or bath will do the trick. In fact, you’re only going to feel chillier when you hop out of the hot 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 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 sum of heat that escapes from your head is equivalent 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 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 faithfully scheduling your routine annual furnace maintenance appointments with American Premier Heating & Air Conditioning in Sylmar. Nothing keeps you warm more so than a fine-tuned furnace. Call us today at 818-370-7266 or schedule an appointment with us online to keep cozy this time of year!