Things You Do to Stay Warm that Actually Make You Colder in Locust11/18/2015Winter is almost here in Locust, and with it always comes cold temperatures that can leave us bundling up with extra layers. Furnace service and extra layers are typically dependable ways to keep warm on cold days, but there are a variety of other pointers floating around out there that you could be using that are actually 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 will sense that it needs to start cooling off your body, triggering 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 decrease 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 simply a fleeting feeling that disappears when the water is dried up and toweled off. That’s why you never want 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 via your head, it’s important to remember that any part of uncovered skin increases 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 quicker. So now that you know about a few misconceptions surrounding staying warm this winter, it’s not difficult to recognize 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 effect on your daily comfort. Give Dynamic Comfort Solutions a call at 704-485-5506 or set up an appointment online to hear more about what furnace service can do for you in Locust.