Things You Do to Stay Warm that Actually Make You Colder in Redford11/18/2015Winter is nearly here in Redford, and with it always comes chilly temperatures that could leave us bundling up with more layers. Furnace service and extra layers are usually reliable ways to keep warm on cold days, but there are a number of other tips floating around 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 first sensation of a hot drink can help you believe that you’re warm, your brain can sense that it should start cooling off your body, causing cooling mechanisms. Alcoholic drinks will warm you up: the reason we typically 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. A well-tuned furnace, thanks to having annual furnace service completed, is a more sound bet. Hot showers heat you up: comparable to hot drinks, the heat of your shower is simply a momentary feeling that goes away when the water is dried up and toweled off. That’s why you never want 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 important to remember that any part of uncovered skin increases heat loss. Therefore, while it seems clear, if you’re only using a hat and not a coat or gloves, it’s more likely that lose body heat faster. So now that you have read about a few misconceptions surrounding staying warm this winter, it’s not difficult 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 lot that have such a large impression on your daily comfort. Give Airtronic Heating & Cooling a call at 313-537-8111 or schedule an appointment online to find out more about what furnace service can do for you in Redford.