Things You are Doing to Stay Warm That are Actually Making You Colder11/10/2017When it gets brisk, we all attempt a lot of things to keep ourselves cozy in Carlsbad. Unfortunately, some of these things are in fact making us colder! Luckily, Banister's Heating & Air Conditioning Services is always ready to check on your furnace maintenance—and that will absolutely keep you comfortable. Check out some of the common fables about what will help you stay comfortable when the temperatures reduce. These things are really making you colder! Drinking hot drinks will warm you up. Wrong. It may feel nice and warm to grasp that warm mug, but once you gulp a heated beverage, your body will function 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 actually make you colder because it can lower 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 hop out of 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 true that white or light clothing will reflect the sun’s rays, it may also reflect your body’s own heat in return—basically locking in 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 emits from your head is proportionate to the area of uncovered skin on your head compared with the rest of your body. So, cover 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 scheduling your regular annual furnace maintenance appointments with Banister's Heating & Air Conditioning Services in Carlsbad. Nothing keeps you warm more so than a fine-tuned furnace. Call us today at 575-887-7777 or schedule an appointment with us online to keep cozy this time of year!