Things You are Doing to Stay Warm That are Actually Making You Colder11/10/2017When it gets brisk, we all attempt a lot of things to keep ourselves warm in the Upper Rio Grande Valley. Unfortunately, some of these things are actually making us colder! Luckily, Cytech Heating & Cooling is always here to perform your furnace maintenance—and that will absolutely keep you cozy. Take a look at some of the collective fables about what will help you keep cozy when the temperatures drop. These things are in fact 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 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 will warm up your skin, it can really make you chillier because it can lower your core temperature. A long, hot shower or bath will do the trick. In reality, you’re only going to feel colder when you hop out of the hot water and the water commences 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—basically trapping your body comfort under your clothes. Most body heat escapes through your head, so I’m good with my hat. The amount of heat that escapes from your head is comparable to the area of exposed 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 toasty. What you can do that will help keep you comfy is loyally scheduling your standard annual furnace maintenance appointments with Cytech Heating & Cooling in the Upper Rio Grande Valley. Nothing keeps you warm better than a tweaked furnace. Call us today at 956-630-3522 or set up an appointment with us online to keep warm this winter!