Things You Do to Stay Warm that Actually Make You Colder in Englewood11/18/2015Winter is almost here in Englewood, and with it always comes frigid temperatures that may leave us bundling up with additional layers. Furnace service and added layers are normally reliable ways to keep warm on chilled days, but there are a number of other tips floating around out there that you may be utilizing that are really 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 will sense that it needs to start cooling off your body, generating cooling mechanisms. Alcoholic drinks will warm you up: the reason we typically feel warm after a few drinks, it’s simply your skin warming. Alcohol can actually decrease your core temperature, making you colder. A well-tuned furnace, thanks to having annual furnace service completed, is a more sound bet. Hot showers heat you up: similar to hot drinks, the heat of your shower is merely a momentary feeling that goes away when the water is dried up and toweled off. That’s why opening the shower curtain is so difficult. Wearing only a hat will take care of your warming needs: while there are a number 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 bare skin increases heat loss. Therefore, while it seems clear, if you’re only wearing a hat and not a coat or gloves, you have a better chance to lose body heat faster. So now that you have learned about a couple myths surrounding staying warm this winter, it’s not difficult to realize the importance of something as basic 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 large impression on your daily comfort. Give TemperaturePro® a call at 720-446-5100 or arrange an appointment online to hear more about what furnace service can do for you in Englewood.