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

Winter is almost here in Tuscaloosa, and with it always comes chilly temperatures that can leave us bundling up with additional layers. Furnace service and extra layers are usually surefire ways to keep warm on cold days, but there are a variety of other suggestions floating around out there that you might be trying that are simply making you colder, not warmer.

Common Myths:

  • Hot drinks will make you warmer: while the first sensation of a hot drink can help you think that you’re warm, your brain will sense that it needs to start cooling off your body, generating cooling mechanisms.
  • Alcoholic drinks will warm you up: the reason we normally feel warm after a few drinks, it’s only your skin warming. Alcohol can actually lower your core temperature, making you colder. A well-functioning furnace, thanks to having annual furnace service performed, is a safer bet.
  • Hot showers heat you up: as it is with hot drinks, the heat of your shower is merely a momentary feeling that goes away when the water is dried up and toweled off. That’s why it’s so hard to open the shower curtain.
  • Wearing only a hat will handle your warming needs: while there are a variety of sources that say that a great deal of body heat is lost via your head, it’s important to remember that any part of bare 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’re more likely to lose body heat quicker.

So now that you have learned about a couple misunderstandings surrounding staying warm this winter, it’s not hard to recognize the importance of something as easy as furnace service. Of course there are other methods to stay warm this winter besides furnace service, but there may not be a lot that have such a large impression on your everyday comfort. Give KDM Service Corporation a call at 205-208-8090 or set up an appointment online to hear more about what furnace service can do for you in Tuscaloosa.

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