Things You Do to Stay Warm that Actually Make You Colder in St. Louis

November 18, 2015

Winter is nearly here in St. Louis, and with it always comes chilly temperatures that may leave us bundling up with extra layers. Furnace service and extra layers are usually dependable ways to keep warm on chilly days, but there are a host of other tips floating around 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 primary 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, generating 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 reduce your core temperature, making you colder. An efficient 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 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 crucial to remember that any part of bare skin adds to heat loss. Therefore, while it seems obvious, if you’re only wearing a hat and not a coat or gloves, it’s more likely that lose body heat more quickly.

So now that you have read about a few misconceptions surrounding staying warm this winter, it’s not hard 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 a ton that have such a huge impression on your day-to-day comfort. Give Morgner Inc. Air Conditioning & Heating a call at 314-262-4541 or arrange an appointment online to hear more about what furnace service can do for you in St. Louis.