Things You Do to Stay Warm that Actually Make You Colder in Genoa11/18/2015Winter is inevitably near in Genoa, and with it always comes cold temperatures that may leave us bundling up with extra layers. Furnace service and added layers are usually dependable ways to keep warm on cold days, but there are a variety of other suggestions available out there that you could be trying that are simply making you colder, not warmer. Common Myths: Hot drinks will make you warmer: while the primary 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 usually feel warm after a few cups of holiday cheer, it’s merely your skin warming. Alcohol can actually decrease 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 simply a momentary feeling that disappears when the water is dried up and toweled off. That’s why opening the shower curtain is so difficult. Wearing only a hat will take care of your warming needs: while there are a variety of sources that claim a great deal of body heat is lost via your head, it’s important to remember that any part of bare skin increases 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 handful of misconceptions surrounding staying warm this winter, it’s not difficult to see the importance of something as basic as furnace service. Of course there are other ways to stay warm this winter besides furnace service, but there may not be many that have such a huge effect on your day-to-day comfort. Give Assured Appliance and Heating & Air a call at 847-293-0047 or arrange an appointment online to learn more about what furnace service can do for you in Genoa.