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

Winter is almost here in Mechanicsville, and with it always comes frigid temperatures that could leave us bundling up with more layers. Furnace service and more layers are usually reliable ways to keep warm on cold days, but there are a variety of other suggestions available out there that you could be trying 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 think that you’re warm, your brain may sense that it should 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. An efficient furnace, thanks to having annual furnace service completed, is a better bet.
  • Hot showers heat you up: as it is with hot drinks, the heat of your shower is merely a momentary 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 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 important to remember that any part of uncovered skin adds to heat loss. Therefore, while it seems clear, if you’re only using a hat and not a coat or gloves, you’re more likely to lose body heat faster.

So now that you know about a handful of myths surrounding staying warm this winter, it’s not hard to see the importance of something as simple as furnace service. Of course there are other things you can do to stay warm this winter besides furnace service, but there may not be many that have such a great impression on your day-to-day comfort. Give M & S Heating & Air LLC a call at 301-363-4699 or schedule an appointment online to learn more about what furnace service can do for you in Mechanicsville.

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