Winter is nearly here in West Columbia, and with it always comes cold temperatures that could leave us bundling up with extra layers. Furnace service and extra layers are typically surefire ways to keep warm on cold days, but there are a variety of other tips accessible out there that you may be trying 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 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 cups of holiday cheer, 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 performed, is a more sound bet.
- Hot showers heat you up: similar to hot drinks, the heat of your shower is simply a quick feeling that goes away when the water is dried up and toweled off. That’s why opening the shower curtain is so difficult.
- Wearing only a hat will handle your warming needs: while there are a variety of sources that say that a great deal of body heat is lost through your head, it’s crucial to remember that any part of exposed skin increases heat loss. Therefore, while it seems obvious, 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 realize 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 lot that have such a great impression on your everyday comfort. Give Tri City Fuel & Heating Co., Inc. a call at 803-265-4208 or schedule an appointment online to learn more about what furnace service can do for you in West Columbia.