Things You Do to Stay Warm that Actually Make You Colder in Ballwin and St. Charles

November 18, 2015

Winter is inevitably near in Ballwin and St. Charles, and with it always comes frigid temperatures that can leave us bundling up with more layers. Furnace service and added layers are usually dependable ways to keep warm on chilled days, but there are a number of other pointers available out there that you might be using that are really making you colder, not warmer.

Common Myths:

  • Hot drinks will make you warmer: while the first sensation of a hot drink can help you believe that you’re warm, your brain can sense that it needs to start cooling off your body, triggering cooling mechanisms.
  • Alcoholic drinks will warm you up: the reason we typically feel warm after a few beverages, it’s simply 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 safer bet.
  • Hot showers heat you up: similar to hot drinks, the heat of your shower is merely a quick feeling that fades 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 cover your warming needs: while there are a host of sources that state that a great deal of body heat is lost by your head, it’s critical to remember that any part of uncovered skin adds to heat loss. Therefore, while it seems like common sense, if you’re only using a hat and not a coat or gloves, you have a better chance to lose body heat quicker.

So now that you have learned about a couple myths surrounding staying warm this winter, it’s not tough to recognize the importance of something as easy as furnace service. Of course there are other ways to stay warm this winter besides furnace service, but there may not be many that have such a great impression on your everyday comfort. Give Air Alliance Team a call at 636-206-4250 or set up an appointment online to find out more about what furnace service can do for you in Ballwin and St. Charles.