Winter is almost here in Hodgenville, and with it always comes chilly temperatures that may leave us bundling up with more layers. Furnace service and added layers are usually dependable ways to keep warm on chilled days, but there are a host of other tips available out there that you may be using that are actually making you colder, not warmer.
- Hot drinks will make you warmer: while the first sensation of a hot drink can help you feel like you’re warm, your brain may sense that it should start cooling off your body, triggering cooling mechanisms.
- Alcoholic drinks will warm you up: the reason we usually feel warm after a few beverages, it’s only your skin warming. Alcohol can actually decrease your core temperature, making you colder. A well-functioning furnace, thanks to having annual furnace service completed, is a more sound bet.
- Hot showers heat you up: as it is with hot drinks, the heat of your shower is simply a fleeting 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 handle your warming needs: while there are a number of sources that say that a great deal of body heat is lost by your head, it’s critical to remember that any part of uncovered skin contributes 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 know about a few misunderstandings surrounding staying warm this winter, it’s not difficult to recognize 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 a ton that have such a huge effect on your daily comfort. Give Phelps Heating & Cooling a call at 270-358-3167 or schedule an appointment online to find out more about what furnace service can do for you in Hodgenville.