Things You Do to Stay Warm that Actually Make You Colder in Drexel Hill

November 18, 2015

Winter is almost here in Drexel Hill, and with it always comes chilly temperatures that may leave us bundling up with extra layers. Furnace service and more layers are usually reliable ways to keep warm on chilled days, but there are a number of other tips floating around out there that you could be trying that are actually 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 will sense that it should start cooling off your body, triggering cooling mechanisms.
  • Alcoholic drinks will warm you up: the reason we usually feel warm after a few cups of holiday cheer, it’s only your skin warming. Alcohol can actually reduce your core temperature, making you colder. A well-tuned furnace, thanks to having annual furnace service done, is a better bet.
  • Hot showers heat you up: as it is with hot drinks, the heat of your shower is simply a fleeting 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 handle your warming needs: while there are a variety of sources that say that a great deal of body heat is lost through your head, it’s crucial to remember that any part of exposed skin increases heat loss. Therefore, while it seems obvious, 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 know about a handful of misconceptions surrounding staying warm this winter, it’s not tough to recognize the importance of something as basic 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 effect on your everyday comfort. Give O'Brien Heating & Air Conditioning a call at 610-257-7035 or set up an appointment online to learn more about what furnace service can do for you in Drexel Hill.