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

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

Common Myths:

  • Hot drinks will make you warmer: while the primary sensation of a hot drink can help you feel like you’re warm, your brain will sense that it needs to start cooling off your body, causing cooling mechanisms.
  • Alcoholic drinks will warm you up: the reason we usually feel warm after a few drinks, it’s merely your skin warming. Alcohol can actually lower 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: comparable to hot drinks, the heat of your shower is only 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 cover your warming needs: while there are a host of sources that state that a great deal of body heat is lost by your head, it’s crucial to remember that any part of exposed skin adds to heat loss. Therefore, while it seems like common sense, 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 have read about a couple misconceptions surrounding staying warm this winter, it’s not hard to realize the importance of something as simple as furnace service. Of course there are other methods to stay warm this winter besides furnace service, but there may not be many that have such a great effect on your daily comfort. Give B & B Heating & Cooling a call at 314-838-9800 or schedule an appointment online to learn more about what furnace service can do for you in Florissant.