Things You Do to Stay Warm that Actually Make You Colder in the Main Line11/18/2015Winter is inevitably near in the Main Line, and with it always comes frigid temperatures that could leave us bundling up with more layers. Furnace service and added layers are normally surefire ways to keep warm on chilly days, but there are a number of other pointers floating around out there that you might be trying that are actually 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 usually feel warm after a few drinks, it’s merely your skin warming. Alcohol can actually decrease your core temperature, making you colder. A well-tuned furnace, thanks to having annual furnace service done, is a more sound bet. Hot showers heat you up: comparable to hot drinks, the heat of your shower is simply a fleeting feeling that goes away 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 cover your warming needs: while there are a variety of sources that claim a great deal of body heat is lost via your head, it’s important to remember that any part of exposed skin contributes to heat loss. Therefore, while it seems obvious, if you’re only utilizing a hat and not a coat or gloves, it’s more likely that lose body heat faster. So now that you know about a couple misconceptions 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 ways to stay warm this winter besides furnace service, but there may not be a lot that have such a great impact on your daily comfort. Give O'Brien Heating & Air Conditioning a call at 610-626-2540 or arrange an appointment online to hear more about what furnace service can do for you in the Main Line.