Things You Do to Stay Warm that Actually Make You Colder in Haines City

November 18, 2015

Winter is nearly here in Haines City, and with it always comes chilly temperatures that can leave us bundling up with more layers. Furnace service and added layers are normally surefire ways to keep warm on chilly days, but there are a number of other pointers accessible out there that you could be utilizing 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 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 cups of holiday cheer, it’s simply your skin warming. Alcohol can actually lower your core temperature, making you colder. A well-tuned furnace, thanks to having annual furnace service done, is a better bet.
  • Hot showers heat you up: comparable to hot drinks, the heat of your shower is only a fleeting feeling that fades 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 handle your warming needs: while there are a host 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 adds to 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 quicker.

So now that you know about a handful of myths surrounding staying warm this winter, it’s not hard to see 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 a lot that have such a large effect on your day-to-day comfort. Give Air Commander's Heating & Air Conditioning Co. a call at 863-216-2923 or schedule an appointment online to learn more about what furnace service can do for you in Haines City.