Winter in Tuscaloosa brings cold temperatures that will have you struggling for ways to stay warm. Dependable ways to stay warm include scheduling regular furnace service and layering on clothes. You’ve probably heard of a lot of other ways to stay warm when the temperatures drop, but beware: many of these ideas are actually myths and could end up making you feel colder!
- 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 gulp it down. But actually, the warmth of the drink actually causes your brain to start chilling your body.
- Alcoholic drinks will warm you up: Wrong. 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 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 feel colder as the water evaporates, which is why it’s so hard 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 bare 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 simple to see how important furnace service is to your comfort. While there are different ways to keep yourself warm besides furnace service, few will have such a big influence on your daily comfort. To learn more about what furnace service can do for you in Tuscaloosa, call KDM Service Corporation at 205-208-8090 or make an appointment online.