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

November 18, 2015

Winter is nearly here in Keokuk, and with it always comes chilly temperatures that can leave us bundling up with extra layers. Furnace service and more layers are normally dependable ways to keep warm on chilly days, but there are a number 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 first sensation of a hot drink can help you believe that you’re warm, your brain can sense that it needs to start cooling off your body, generating cooling mechanisms.
  • Alcoholic drinks will warm you up: the reason we usually feel warm after a few beverages, it’s merely your skin warming. Alcohol can actually decrease your core temperature, making you colder. A well-tuned furnace, thanks to having annual furnace service performed, is a more sound bet.
  • Hot showers heat you up: as it is with hot drinks, the heat of your shower is merely a quick feeling that disappears 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 cover your warming needs: while there are a host of sources that claim a great deal of body heat is lost through your head, it’s critical to remember that any part of bare skin contributes to heat loss. Therefore, while it seems clear, if you’re only using a hat and not a coat or gloves, you have a better chance to lose body heat faster.

So now that you have learned about a few misconceptions surrounding staying warm this winter, it’s not tough to recognize the importance of something as easy 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 impression on your daily comfort. Give WM J Kraus & Son a call at 319-229-2318 or set up an appointment online to find out more about what furnace service can do for you in Keokuk.