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 cozy in Hudsonville. Unfortunately, some of these things are in fact making us colder! However, West Michigan Heating & Air Conditioning Services is always ready to do your furnace maintenance—and that will certainly keep you comfortable. Check out some of the collective myths about what will help you stay comfortable when the temperatures reduce. These things are actually making you colder! Drinking hot drinks will warm you up. Wrong. It may feel nice and warm to clutch that warm mug, but once you gulp 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 in fact make you chillier because it can lower your core temperature. A long, hot shower or bath will do the trick. Actually, you’re only going to feel colder when you get out of the nice water and the water begins 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 valid that white or light clothing will reflect the sun’s rays, it may also reflect your body’s own heat back—fundamentally locking in your body heat under your clothes. Most body heat escapes through your head, so I’m good with my hat. The sum of heat that emits from your head is comparable to the area of uncovered skin on your head in comparison with the rest of your body. So, shelter as much skin as possible to evade 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 comfortable is faithfully setting up your standard annual furnace maintenance appointments with West Michigan Heating & Air Conditioning Services in Hudsonville. Nothing keeps you warm like a fine-tuned furnace. Call us today at 616-669-3961 or arrange an appointment with us online to keep warm this season!