Things You Do to Stay Warm that Actually Make You Colder in Heflin

Winter is almost here in Heflin, and with it always comes frigid temperatures that could leave us bundling up with additional layers. Furnace service and added layers are typically reliable ways to keep warm on chilled days, but there are a variety of other pointers floating around out there that you may be using that are actually making you colder, not warmer.

Common Myths:

  • Hot drinks will make you warmer: while the first sensation of a hot drink can help you think that you’re warm, your brain can sense that it ought to 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 only your skin warming. Alcohol can actually reduce your core temperature, making you colder. A well-functioning furnace, thanks to having annual furnace service completed, is a better bet.
  • Hot showers heat you up: comparable to hot drinks, the heat of your shower is only a momentary feeling that disappears 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 variety of sources that claim a great deal of body heat is lost through your head, it’s crucial to remember that any part of bare skin contributes to heat loss. Therefore, while it seems like common sense, if you’re only using a hat and not a coat or gloves, you’re more likely to lose body heat faster.

So now that you know about a few myths surrounding staying warm this winter, it’s not hard to realize 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 large impact on your day-to-day comfort. Give Bain Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc a call at 256-270-1196 or schedule an appointment online to learn more about what furnace service can do for you in Heflin.

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