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

November 18, 2015

Winter is inevitably near in Savage, and with it always comes chilly temperatures that could leave us bundling up with additional layers. Furnace service and extra layers are typically surefire ways to keep warm on chilly days, but there are a variety of other suggestions floating around out there that you might be utilizing that are really making you colder, not warmer.

Common Myths:

  • Hot drinks will make you warmer: while the first sensation of a hot drink can help you believe that you’re warm, your brain will sense that it should start cooling off your body, triggering cooling mechanisms.
  • Alcoholic drinks will warm you up: the reason we usually feel warm after a few drinks, it’s only your skin warming. Alcohol can actually reduce your core temperature, making you colder. A well-functioning furnace, thanks to having annual furnace service performed, is a safer bet.
  • Hot showers heat you up: similar to hot drinks, the heat of your shower is simply a momentary feeling that fades when the water is dried up and toweled off. That’s why opening the shower curtain is so difficult.
  • Wearing only a hat will take care of your warming needs: while there are a host of sources that claim a great deal of body heat is lost through your head, it’s critical to remember that any part of bare skin adds to heat loss. Therefore, while it seems obvious, if you’re only wearing a hat and not a coat or gloves, it’s more likely that lose body heat quicker.

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 basic 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 many that have such a huge effect on your daily comfort. Give Gopher Heating and Air Conditioning a call at 952-373-0377 or arrange an appointment online to find out more about what furnace service can do for you in Savage.