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

November 18, 2015

Winter is nearly here in Norton, and with it always comes chilly temperatures that may leave us bundling up with more layers. Furnace service and more layers are typically reliable ways to keep warm on cold days, but there are a number of other suggestions floating around out there that you could be utilizing that are simply 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 normally feel warm after a few cups of holiday cheer, 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 performed, is a better bet.
  • Hot showers heat you up: as it is with 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 you never want to open the shower curtain.
  • 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 by your head, it’s important to remember that any part of exposed skin increases 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 quicker.

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 easy as furnace service. Of course there are other things you can do to stay warm this winter besides furnace service, but there may not be a lot that have such a huge impact on your everyday comfort. Give HCE Systems Inc a call at 276-302-0076 or arrange an appointment online to find out more about what furnace service can do for you in Norton.