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

Winter in Tuscaloosa is known for cold temperatures that will have you struggling for ways to stay warm. Surefire ways to stay warm include scheduling regular furnace service and wearing toasty layers of clothes. You’ll hear a lot of other ways to stay warm when the temperatures plummet, but beware: a number of these suggestions are actually myths and could end up making you feel colder!

Common Myths:

  • Hot drinks will make you warmer: Sure, holding a warm 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 fact, the heat of the drink actually prompts your brain to start chilling your body.
  • Alcoholic drinks will warm you up: Wrong. While alcoholic drinks will make your skin feel warmer, alcohol has the ability to cause your body’s core temperature to decline. Keeping your furnace well-maintained and running smoothly with regular furnace service is a much more reliable way to stay warm.
  • Hot showers heat you up: Sadly, the warmth you feel from a hot shower will leave when you turn off the water. You’ll end up feeling colder as the water evaporates, 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 contributes 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 pretty easy to see how crucial furnace service is to your comfort. While there are other ways to keep yourself warm besides furnace service, few will have such a big impression on your daily comfort. To learn more about what furnace service can do for you in Tuscaloosa, call KDM Service Corporation at 205-758-2703 or set up an appointment online.