Things You Do to Stay Warm that Actually Make You Colder in Westerville

November 18, 2015

Winter is nearly here in Westerville, and with it always comes frigid temperatures that can leave us bundling up with additional layers. Furnace service and added layers are normally surefire ways to keep warm on chilled days, but there are a variety of other pointers floating around out there that you may be using that are actually making you colder, not warmer.

Common Myths:

  • Hot drinks will make you warmer: while the initial sensation of a hot drink can help you think that you’re warm, your brain may sense that it should start cooling off your body, triggering cooling mechanisms.
  • Alcoholic drinks will warm you up: the reason we typically feel warm after a few drinks, it’s simply your skin warming. Alcohol can actually decrease your core temperature, making you colder. An efficient furnace, thanks to having annual furnace service done, is a better bet.
  • Hot showers heat you up: as it is with hot drinks, the heat of your shower is merely a fleeting feeling that disappears when the water is dried up and toweled off. That’s why it’s so hard to open the shower curtain.
  • Wearing only a hat will take care of your warming needs: while there are a number of sources that claim a great deal of body heat is lost via your head, it’s important to remember that any part of bare skin contributes to heat loss. Therefore, while it seems like common sense, if you’re only using a hat and not a coat or gloves, it’s more likely that lose body heat more quickly.

So now that you know about a handful of misconceptions surrounding staying warm this winter, it’s not tough to realize the importance of something as simple as furnace service. Of course there are other ways to stay warm this winter besides furnace service, but there may not be many that have such a large impact on your daily comfort. Give Uptown Heating & Cooling a call at 614-344-6949 or schedule an appointment online to learn more about what furnace service can do for you in Westerville.