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 the Main Line. Unfortunately, some of these things are actually making us colder! Fortunately, O'Brien Heating & Air Conditioning is always here to check on your furnace maintenance—and that will definitely keep you comfortable. Take a look at some of the collective fables about what will help you warm up when the temperatures drop. 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 gulp a heated beverage, your body will operate against you and switch on your natural cooling mechanisms. Ok, but alcoholic beverages can make you warmer. Wrong again. While alcohol tends to warm up your skin, it can really make you cooler because it can decrease your core temperature. A long, hot shower or bath will do the trick. In reality, you’re only going to feel chillier when you get 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 true that white or light clothing will reflect the sun’s rays, it may also reflect your body’s own heat back—basically trapping your body warmth under your clothes. Most body heat escapes through your head, so I’m good with my hat. The amount of heat that escapes from your head is comparable to the area of bare skin on your head compared with the rest of your body. So, cover as much skin as possible to dodge this heat loss. So now you know what you could be doing wrong in trying to keep yourself warm. What you can do that will help keep you warm is faithfully scheduling your regular annual furnace maintenance appointments with O'Brien Heating & Air Conditioning in the Main Line. Nothing keeps you warm better than a fine-tuned furnace. Call us today at 610-626-2540 or arrange an appointment with us online to keep comfortable this time of year!