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

November 18, 2015

Winter is inevitably near in Thedford, and with it always comes chilly temperatures that may leave us bundling up with extra layers. Furnace service and more layers are normally dependable ways to keep warm on chilled days, but there are a host of other tips floating around out there that you may be using that are really making you colder, not warmer.

Common Myths:

  • Hot drinks will make you warmer: while the primary sensation of a hot drink can help you think that you’re warm, your brain can sense that it ought to start cooling off your body, generating cooling mechanisms.
  • Alcoholic drinks will warm you up: the reason we typically feel warm after a few beverages, it’s merely your skin warming. Alcohol can actually lower your core temperature, making you colder. An efficient furnace, thanks to having annual furnace service completed, is a safer bet.
  • Hot showers heat you up: as it is with hot drinks, the heat of your shower is merely a momentary feeling that goes away when the water is dried up and toweled off. That’s why opening the shower curtain is so difficult.
  • Wearing only a hat will cover your warming needs: while there are a host of sources that state that a great deal of body heat is lost through your head, it’s important to remember that any part of uncovered skin contributes to heat loss. Therefore, while it seems obvious, if you’re only wearing a hat and not a coat or gloves, you’re more likely to lose body heat more quickly.

So now that you have read about a handful of misunderstandings surrounding staying warm this winter, it’s not hard to recognize the importance of something as simple as furnace service. Of course there are other things you can do to stay warm this winter besides furnace service, but there may not be a lot that have such a great effect on your everyday comfort. Give Taylor's Heating & Air Conditioning a call at 519-296-4437 or set up an appointment online to hear more about what furnace service can do for you in Thedford.