Things You Do to Stay Warm that Actually Make You Colder in Locust11/18/2015 Winter in Locust comes with cold temperatures that will have you struggling for ways to stay warm. Surefire ways to stay warm include scheduling regular furnace service and bundling up with layered clothing. You’ve probably heard of a lot of other ways to stay warm when the temperatures plummet, but beware: many of these ideas are actually myths and could end up making you feel colder! Common Myths: Hot drinks will make you warmer: Sure, holding a steaming cup of coffee or hot chocolate can warm your hands and you’ll feel like you’re warming up as you drink it. But actually, the warmth of the drink actually causes your brain to start cooling off your body. Alcoholic drinks will warm you up: False. While alcoholic drinks will make your skin feel warmer, alcohol has the ability to cause your body’s core temperature to lower. Keeping your furnace well-maintained and running smoothly with annual furnace service is a much better way to stay warm. Hot showers heat you up: Sorry to say, the warmth you feel from a hot shower will leave when you turn off the water. You’ll actually get colder as the water dries, which is why it’s so hard to get out of the shower. Wearing a hat will take care of your warming needs: You’ve probably heard this many times, but all bare skin causes heat loss—not just that on your head. If you’re only covering your head and not other areas of exposed skin, you’re going to lose more body heat. When you see all the misinformation about staying warm in winter, it’s pretty easy to see how imperative furnace service is to your comfort. While there are other ways to keep yourself warm besides furnace service, few will have such a big effect on your daily comfort. To find out more about what furnace service can do for you in Locust, call Dynamic Comfort Solutions at 704-485-5506 or set up an appointment online.