Things You Do to Stay Warm that Actually Make You Colder in Plainfield11/18/2015Winter is almost here in Plainfield, and with it always comes frigid temperatures that can leave us bundling up with additional layers. Furnace service and more layers are typically dependable ways to keep warm on cold days, but there are a number of other tips accessible out there that you may be using that are actually making you colder, not warmer. Common Myths: Hot drinks will make you warmer: while the first sensation of a hot drink can help you believe that you’re warm, your brain will sense that it ought to start cooling off your body, triggering cooling mechanisms. Alcoholic drinks will warm you up: the reason we typically feel warm after a few drinks, it’s only your skin warming. Alcohol can actually lower your core temperature, making you colder. An efficient furnace, thanks to having annual furnace service performed, is a safer bet. Hot showers heat you up: similar to hot drinks, the heat of your shower is only a fleeting 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 take care of your warming needs: while there are a number of sources that claim a great deal of body heat is lost through your head, it’s crucial to remember that any part of uncovered 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 have a better chance to lose body heat more quickly. So now that you have learned about a few misconceptions surrounding staying warm this winter, it’s not tough to see the importance of something as easy as furnace service. Of course there are other ways to stay warm this winter besides furnace service, but there may not be a ton that have such a huge effect on your day-to-day comfort. Give PWA Heating & Cooling Inc a call at 815-768-6656 or arrange an appointment online to hear more about what furnace service can do for you in Plainfield.