Things You are Doing to Stay Warm That are Actually Making You Colder11/10/2017When it gets cold, we all try a lot of things to keep ourselves cozy in Olathe. Unfortunately, some of these things are actually making us colder! However, Polestar Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning is always available to perform your furnace maintenance—and that will certainly keep you comfortable. Here are some of the common 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 warm beverage, your body will operate 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 in fact make you colder because it can reduce your core temperature. A long, hot shower or bath will do the trick. Actually, you’re only going to feel chillier when you get out of the hot water and the water starts 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 locking in your body comfort 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 exposed skin on your head in comparison with the rest of your body. So, shelter as much skin as possible to avoid heat loss. So now you know what you could be doing improperly in trying to keep yourself warm. What you can do that will help keep you comfortable is faithfully arranging your standard annual furnace maintenance appointments with Polestar Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning in Olathe. Nothing keeps you warm better than a fine-tuned furnace. Call us today at 913-432-3342 or arrange an appointment with us online to keep cozy this time of year!