Things You Do to Stay Warm that Actually Make You Colder in Longview11/18/2015Winter is nearly here in Longview, and with it always comes cold temperatures that may leave us bundling up with additional layers. Furnace service and extra layers are normally surefire ways to keep warm on cold days, but there are a host of other suggestions floating around out there that you could be using 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, causing cooling mechanisms. Alcoholic drinks will warm you up: the reason we typically feel warm after a few beverages, it’s simply your skin warming. Alcohol can actually reduce your core temperature, making you colder. A well-tuned furnace, thanks to having annual furnace service completed, is a safer bet. Hot showers heat you up: comparable to hot drinks, the heat of your shower is simply a quick 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 critical to remember that any part of uncovered 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 more quickly. So now that you know about a few misunderstandings 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 methods to stay warm this winter besides furnace service, but there may not be a ton that have such a great impression on your day-to-day comfort. Give Ben Maines Air Conditioning, Inc. a call at 903-758-0701 or set up an appointment online to find out more about what furnace service can do for you in Longview.