Things You are Doing to Stay Warm That are Actually Making You Colder11/10/2017When it gets brisk, we all seek out a lot of things to keep ourselves cozy in Rapid City. Unfortunately, some of these things are in fact making us colder! Fortunately, Street Heating & Sheet Metal Inc is always ready to perform your furnace maintenance—and that will absolutely keep you comfortable. Take a look at some of the common legends about what will help you warm up when the temperatures reduce. These things are in fact 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 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 will warm up your skin, it can really make you colder 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 chillier when you hop out of the nice water and the water begins to evaporate off your skin in the cold air. You should always wear dark colors to absorb the sun’s heat and leave light colors for the warmer days. While it’s valid that white or light clothing will reflect the sun’s rays, it may also reflect your body’s own heat in exchange—essentially blocking 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 comparable to the area of exposed skin on your head in relation to the rest of your body. So, cover as much skin as possible to evade heat loss. So now you know what you could be doing improperly in trying to keep yourself toasty. What you can do that will help keep you comfortable is faithfully setting up your regular annual furnace maintenance appointments with Street Heating & Sheet Metal Inc in Rapid City. Nothing keeps you warm better than a tweaked furnace. Call us today at 605-342-5107 or set up an appointment with us online to keep warm this time of year!