Things You are Doing to Stay Warm That are Actually Making You Colder11/10/2017When it gets chilly, we all attempt a lot of things to keep ourselves cozy in Marshalltown. Unfortunately, some of these things are in fact making us colder! However, B & G HVAC is always ready to perform your furnace maintenance—and that will certainly keep you warm. Check out some of the collective legends about what will help you stay comfortable 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 grasp that warm mug, but once you drink a heated beverage, your body will function against you and start your natural cooling mechanisms. Ok, but alcoholic beverages can make you warmer. Wrong again. While alcohol tends to warm up your skin, it can in fact make you cooler because it can reduce your core temperature. A long, hot shower or bath will do the trick. In reality, you’re only going to feel chillier when you leave 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 real that white or light clothing will reflect the sun’s rays, it may also reflect your body’s own heat back—basically locking in 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 emits from your head is proportionate to the area of exposed skin on your head in comparison with the rest of your body. So, cover as much skin as possible to avoid heat loss. So now you know what you could be doing wrong in trying to keep yourself comfortable. What you can do that will help keep you comfortable is loyally arranging your routine annual furnace maintenance appointments with B & G HVAC in Marshalltown. Nothing keeps you warm more so than a fine-tuned furnace. Call us today at 641-752-3429 or schedule an appointment with us online to keep warm this winter!