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 Erie. Unfortunately, some of these things are actually making us colder! Fortunately, Patterson & Stirling Inc is always ready to do your furnace maintenance—and that will definitely keep you cozy. Check out some of the common myths about what will help you keep cozy when the temperatures lower. These things are really making you colder! Drinking hot drinks will warm you up. Wrong. It may feel nice and cozy to hold that warm mug, but once you drink a hot beverage, your body will function against you and switch on your natural cooling mechanisms. Ok, but alcoholic beverages can make you warmer. Wrong again. While alcohol will warm up your skin, it can in fact make you cooler because it can decrease your core temperature. A long, hot shower or bath will do the trick. In fact, you’re only going to feel more cold when you leave the nice water and the water begins 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 in exchange—essentially trapping your body warmth under your clothes. Most body heat escapes through your head, so I’m good with my hat. The quantity of heat that escapes from your head is comparable to the area of uncovered skin on your head in relation to 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 wrong in trying to keep yourself comfortable. What you can do that will help keep you warm is faithfully setting up your routine annual furnace maintenance appointments with Patterson & Stirling Inc in Erie. Nothing keeps you warm better than a fine-tuned furnace. Call us today at 814-833-5558 or arrange an appointment with us online to keep comfortable this time of year!