Things You Do to Stay Warm that Actually Make You Colder in Suffolk/Nassau County

November 18, 2015

Winter is nearly here in Suffolk/Nassau County, and with it always comes frigid temperatures that could leave us bundling up with more layers. Furnace service and extra layers are normally dependable ways to keep warm on chilly days, but there are a host of other tips floating around out there that you may be trying that are actually 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 can sense that it needs to start cooling off your body, triggering 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 completed, is a safer bet.
  • Hot showers heat you up: as it is with 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 take care of your warming needs: while there are a host of sources that say that a great deal of body heat is lost through your head, it’s crucial to remember that any part of bare skin adds to heat loss. Therefore, while it seems obvious, if you’re only using a hat and not a coat or gloves, you’re more likely to lose body heat more quickly.

So now that you have read about a couple myths surrounding staying warm this winter, it’s not tough to recognize the importance of something as simple as furnace service. Of course there are other things you can do to stay warm this winter besides furnace service, but there may not be many that have such a large impression on your everyday comfort. Give Airmax Long Island Inc a call at 631-737-5566 or set up an appointment online to find out more about what furnace service can do for you in Suffolk/Nassau County.