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 warm in Bakersfield. Unfortunately, some of these things are in fact making us colder! However, Hillcrest Air Conditioning & Plumbing is always here to do your furnace maintenance—and that will absolutely keep you comfortable. Here are some of the usual myths about what will help you warm up when the temperatures drop. These things are really making you colder! Drinking hot drinks will warm you up. Wrong. It may feel nice and cozy to clutch that warm mug, but once you drink a hot 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 decrease your core temperature. A long, hot shower or bath will do the trick. Actually, you’re only going to feel colder when you leave the hot water and the water starts 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 in exchange—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 outflows from your head is equivalent 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 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 comfy is faithfully setting up your routine annual furnace maintenance appointments with Hillcrest Air Conditioning & Plumbing in Bakersfield. Nothing keeps you warm like a fine-tuned furnace. Call us today at 661-437-3499 or schedule an appointment with us online to keep cozy this winter!