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

November 18, 2015

Winter is nearly here in Alice, and with it always comes frigid temperatures that may leave us bundling up with additional layers. Furnace service and extra layers are normally dependable ways to keep warm on cold days, but there are a host of other tips floating around out there that you might be utilizing that are simply making you colder, not warmer.

Common Myths:

  • Hot drinks will make you warmer: while the initial sensation of a hot drink can help you believe that you’re warm, your brain may sense that it ought to start cooling off your body, generating cooling mechanisms.
  • Alcoholic drinks will warm you up: the reason we normally feel warm after a few drinks, it’s simply your skin warming. Alcohol can actually decrease your core temperature, making you colder. A well-tuned furnace, thanks to having annual furnace service done, is a more sound bet.
  • Hot showers heat you up: comparable to 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 variety of sources that claim a great deal of body heat is lost through your head, it’s important to remember that any part of exposed skin contributes to heat loss. Therefore, while it seems clear, 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 know about a few myths surrounding staying warm this winter, it’s not tough to see 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 a lot that have such a huge impression on your everyday comfort. Give Rescue Heating & Air a call at 361-265-4371 or set up an appointment online to hear more about what furnace service can do for you in Alice.