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

November 18, 2015

Winter is nearly here in Crestview, and with it always comes cold temperatures that may leave us bundling up with additional layers. Furnace service and more layers are typically dependable ways to keep warm on cold days, but there are a host of other suggestions floating around out there that you may be using that are really making you colder, not warmer.

Common Myths:

  • Hot drinks will make you warmer: while the primary sensation of a hot drink can help you think that you’re warm, your brain can 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 merely your skin warming. Alcohol can actually reduce your core temperature, making you colder. A well-tuned furnace, thanks to having annual furnace service completed, is a better bet.
  • Hot showers heat you up: similar to hot drinks, the heat of your shower is only a fleeting feeling that fades 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 host of sources that say that a great deal of body heat is lost by your head, it’s important to remember that any part of exposed skin adds to 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 more quickly.

So now that you know about a few misunderstandings surrounding staying warm this winter, it’s not hard to realize the importance of something as simple as furnace service. Of course there are other methods to stay warm this winter besides furnace service, but there may not be many that have such a great impact on your everyday comfort. Give Gordon Air Conditioning a call at 850-250-0335 or arrange an appointment online to hear more about what furnace service can do for you in Crestview.