Winter in Crystal and Twin Cities comes with cold temperatures that will have you searching for ways to stay warm. Surefire ways to stay warm include scheduling regular furnace service and bundling up with layered clothing. You’ve probably heard of a lot of other ways to stay warm when the temperatures decline, but beware: many of these recommendations are actually myths and could end up making you feel colder!
- Hot drinks will make you warmer: Sure, holding a toasty cup of coffee or hot chocolate can warm your hands and you’ll feel like you’re warming up as you drink it. But in reality, the warmness of the drink actually causes your brain to start chilling your body.
- Alcoholic drinks will warm you up: False. While alcoholic drinks will make your skin feel warmer, alcohol can actually cause your body’s core temperature to decline. Keeping your furnace well-maintained and running smoothly with routine furnace service is a much better way to stay warm.
- Hot showers heat you up: Sorry to say, the warmth you feel from a hot shower will leave when you turn off the water. You’ll actually get colder as the water dries up, which is why it’s often difficult to get out of the shower.
- Wearing a hat will take care of your warming needs: You’ve probably heard this over and over, but all exposed skin adds to heat loss—not just that on your head. If you’re only covering your head and not other areas of exposed skin, you’re going to lose more body heat.
When you see all the false information about staying warm in winter, it’s not hard to see how important furnace service is to your comfort. While there are more ways to keep yourself warm besides furnace service, only a small number will have such a big influence on your daily comfort. To learn more about what furnace service can do for you in Crystal and Twin Cities, call GV Heating & Air at 763-535-2000 or schedule an appointment online.