Things You Do to Stay Warm that Actually Make You Colder in Dallas11/18/2015Winter is inevitably near in Dallas, and with it always comes frigid temperatures that could leave us bundling up with more layers. Furnace service and added layers are typically reliable ways to keep warm on cold days, but there are a host of other pointers available out there that you could be utilizing that are actually making you colder, not warmer. Common Myths: Hot drinks will make you warmer: while the initial sensation of a hot drink can help you feel like you’re warm, your brain can sense that it needs to start cooling off your body, triggering cooling mechanisms. Alcoholic drinks will warm you up: the reason we normally feel warm after a few cups of holiday cheer, it’s only your skin warming. Alcohol can actually decrease your core temperature, making you colder. An efficient furnace, thanks to having annual furnace service performed, is a safer bet. Hot showers heat you up: comparable to 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 you never want to open the shower curtain. Wearing only a hat will take care of your warming needs: while there are a host of sources that say that a great deal of body heat is lost through your head, it’s important to remember that any part of exposed skin increases heat loss. Therefore, while it seems clear, if you’re only using a hat and not a coat or gloves, you have a better chance to lose body heat more quickly. So now that you know about a couple misunderstandings surrounding staying warm this winter, it’s not difficult to realize 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 impact on your day-to-day comfort. Give Tri County Air Care LLC a call at 469-617-3437 or schedule an appointment online to hear more about what furnace service can do for you in Dallas.