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Things You Do to Stay Warm that Actually Make You Colder in the Main Line

Winter in the Main Line is known for cold temperatures that will have you scrambling for ways to stay warm. Guaranteed ways to stay warm include scheduling regular furnace service and wearing toasty layers of clothes. You may hear of a lot of other ways to stay warm when the temperatures drop, but beware: a lot of these suggestions are actually myths and could end up making you feel colder!

Common Myths:

  • Hot drinks will make you warmer: Sure, holding a toasty cup of coffee or hot chocolate can warm your hands and you’ll feel like you’re warming up as you gulp it down. But actually, the warmth of the drink actually prompts your brain to start chilling your body.
  • Alcoholic drinks will warm you up: False. While alcoholic drinks will make your skin feel warmer, alcohol can actually cause your body’s core temperature to decline. Keeping your furnace well-maintained and functioning smoothly with regular furnace service is a much more reliable way to stay warm.
  • Hot showers heat you up: Sorry to say, the warmth you feel from a hot shower will vanish once you turn off the water. You’ll actually get colder as the water evaporates, which is why many of us struggle to get out of the shower.
  • Wearing a hat will take care of your warming needs: You’ve probably heard this time and time again, but all uncovered skin causes heat loss—not just that on your head. If you’re only covering your head and not other areas of exposed skin, you’re going to lose more body heat.

When you see all the misinformation about staying warm in winter, it’s not hard to see how imperative furnace service is to your comfort. While there are more ways to keep yourself warm besides furnace service, few will have such a big effect on your daily comfort. To find out more about what furnace service can do for you in the Main Line, call O'Brien Heating & Air Conditioning at 610-257-7035 or set up an appointment online.