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

November 18, 2015

Winter is nearly here in Perry, and with it always comes chilly temperatures that could leave us bundling up with more layers. Furnace service and added layers are normally surefire ways to keep warm on cold days, but there are a variety of other suggestions floating around out there that you may be utilizing that are simply making you colder, not warmer.

Common Myths:

  • Hot drinks will make you warmer: while the first sensation of a hot drink can help you feel like you’re warm, your brain can sense that it needs to start cooling off your body, generating cooling mechanisms.
  • Alcoholic drinks will warm you up: the reason we usually feel warm after a few cups of holiday cheer, it’s only your skin warming. Alcohol can actually reduce your core temperature, making you colder. An efficient furnace, thanks to having annual furnace service completed, is a better bet.
  • Hot showers heat you up: comparable to hot drinks, the heat of your shower is only a fleeting 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 handle your warming needs: while there are a number of sources that say that a great deal of body heat is lost by your head, it’s critical to remember that any part of bare skin increases heat loss. Therefore, while it seems obvious, if you’re only using a hat and not a coat or gloves, you have a better chance to lose body heat faster.

So now that you have read about a couple misconceptions surrounding staying warm this winter, it’s not tough to realize the importance of something as easy 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 impression on your everyday comfort. Give Gillman Heating and Air a call at 478-202-3076 or arrange an appointment online to hear more about what furnace service can do for you in Perry.