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 warm in Franklin Lakes. Unfortunately, some of these things are actually making us colder! Fortunately, Total Comfort is always ready to check on your furnace maintenance—and that will absolutely keep you comfortable. Check out some of the common myths about what will help you stay comfortable when the temperatures drop. These things are in fact 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 warm beverage, your body will work 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 actually make you colder 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 more cold when you leave the warm water and the water commences to evaporate off your skin in the cool 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—fundamentally blocking your body heat under your clothes. Most body heat escapes through your head, so I’m good with my hat. The amount of heat that outflows from your head is equivalent to the area of bare skin on your head compared with the rest of your body. So, protect 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 comfortable. What you can do that will help keep you comfortable is faithfully arranging your regular annual furnace maintenance appointments with Total Comfort in Franklin Lakes. Nothing keeps you warm like a perfected furnace. Call us today at 201-891-1333 or set up an appointment with us online to keep cozy this season!