Things You are Doing to Stay Warm That are Actually Making You Colder11/10/2017When it gets cold, we all seek out a lot of things to keep ourselves warm in Orange County. Unfortunately, some of these things are in fact making us colder! Luckily, Ocean Air Conditioning is always ready to perform your furnace maintenance—and that will certainly keep you warm. Check out some of the common myths about what will help you warm up when the temperatures reduce. These things are really 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 work against you and switch 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 colder 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 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 true that white or light clothing will reflect the sun’s rays, it may also reflect your body’s own heat in exchange—basically blocking 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 emits from your head is equivalent to the area of bare skin on your head in relation to the rest of your body. So, protect as much skin as possible to evade 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 comfy is dependably arranging your regular annual furnace maintenance appointments with Ocean Air Conditioning in Orange County. Nothing keeps you warm better than a fine-tuned furnace. Call us today at 949-525-9119 or arrange an appointment with us online to keep warm this winter!