Things You Do to Stay Warm that Actually Make You Colder in Wausau

November 18, 2015

Winter is nearly here in Wausau, and with it always comes chilly temperatures that can leave us bundling up with additional layers. Furnace service and more layers are normally reliable ways to keep warm on chilly days, but there are a number of other pointers floating around out there that you might 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 may sense that it ought to start cooling off your body, generating cooling mechanisms.
  • Alcoholic drinks will warm you up: the reason we normally feel warm after a few beverages, it’s simply your skin warming. Alcohol can actually decrease your core temperature, making you colder. An efficient furnace, thanks to having annual furnace service completed, is a better bet.
  • Hot showers heat you up: comparable to 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 it’s so hard to open the shower curtain.
  • Wearing only a hat will handle your warming needs: while there are a variety of sources that claim a great deal of body heat is lost by your head, it’s crucial to remember that any part of bare 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 faster.

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 basic as furnace service. Of course there are other methods to stay warm this winter besides furnace service, but there may not be many that have such a great impression on your daily comfort. Give Gilray Heating and Cooling a call at 715-301-0727 or set up an appointment online to learn more about what furnace service can do for you in Wausau.