Things You Do to Stay Warm that Actually Make You Colder in Tuscaloosa11/18/2015Winter is almost here in Tuscaloosa, and with it always comes cold temperatures that could leave us bundling up with additional layers. Furnace service and extra layers are usually surefire ways to keep warm on chilled days, but there are a variety of other suggestions available 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 should start cooling off your body, generating cooling mechanisms. Alcoholic drinks will warm you up: the reason we normally feel warm after a few cups of holiday cheer, it’s only your skin warming. Alcohol can actually reduce your core temperature, making you colder. A well-tuned furnace, thanks to having annual furnace service performed, is a better bet. Hot showers heat you up: similar to hot drinks, the heat of your shower is merely a momentary feeling that disappears 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 take care of your warming needs: while there are a variety of sources that say that a great deal of body heat is lost through your head, it’s important to remember that any part of exposed skin contributes to heat loss. Therefore, while it seems obvious, if you’re only using a hat and not a coat or gloves, it’s more likely that lose body heat quicker. So now that you know about a couple misunderstandings surrounding staying warm this winter, it’s not tough to see 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 a lot that have such a large impression on your everyday comfort. Give KDM Service Corporation a call at 205-758-2703 or schedule an appointment online to hear more about what furnace service can do for you in Tuscaloosa.