Things You are Doing to Stay Warm That are Actually Making You Colder11/10/2017When it gets brisk, we all try a lot of things to keep ourselves comfortable in West Columbia. Unfortunately, some of these things are really making us colder! Luckily, Tri City Fuel & Heating Co., Inc. is always available to perform your furnace maintenance—and that will certainly keep you cozy. Check out some of the collective legends 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 hold that warm mug, but once you gulp a hot 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 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 chillier when you leave 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 real that white or light clothing will reflect the sun’s rays, it may also reflect your body’s own heat in return—essentially blocking your body comfort under your clothes. Most body heat escapes through your head, so I’m good with my hat. The quantity of heat that outflows from your head is equivalent to the area of exposed skin on your head in comparison with the rest of your body. So, shelter as much skin as possible to dodge this heat loss. So now you know what you could be doing improperly in trying to keep yourself toasty. What you can do that will help keep you comfy is faithfully setting up your standard annual furnace maintenance appointments with Tri City Fuel & Heating Co., Inc. in West Columbia. Nothing keeps you warm more so than a tweaked furnace. Call us today at 803-796-9172 or arrange an appointment with us online to keep warm this winter!