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 warm in Augusta. Unfortunately, some of these things are in fact making us colder! However, McCune Heating & Cooling is always here to perform your furnace maintenance—and that will certainly keep you warm. Here are some of the usual myths about what will help you stay comfortable when the temperatures drop. These things are actually making you colder! Drinking hot drinks will warm you up. Wrong. It may feel nice and toasty to hold that warm mug, but once you consume a heated beverage, your body will function 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 really make you chillier 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 more cold when you get out of the hot water and the water commences 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—basically trapping your body warmth under your clothes. Most body heat escapes through your head, so I’m good with my hat. The sum of heat that escapes from your head is proportionate to the area of bare skin on your head in comparison with the rest of your body. So, shelter as much skin as possible to evade heat loss. So now you know what you could be doing incorrectly in trying to keep yourself toasty. What you can do that will help keep you warm is loyally arranging your standard annual furnace maintenance appointments with McCune Heating & Cooling in Augusta. Nothing keeps you warm like a fine-tuned furnace. Call us today at 316-733-9123 or arrange an appointment with us online to keep warm this time of year!