Things You Do to Stay Warm that Actually Make You Colder in Dallas11/18/2015 Winter in Dallas is known for cold temperatures that will have you scrambling for ways to stay warm. Guaranteed ways to stay warm include scheduling regular furnace service and wearing toasty layers of clothes. You may hear of a lot of other ways to stay warm when the temperatures drop, but beware: many of these recommendations are actually myths and could end up making you feel colder! Common Myths: Hot drinks will make you warmer: Sure, holding a steaming cup of coffee or hot chocolate can warm your hands and you’ll feel like you’re warming up as you sip it. But actually, the heat of the drink actually causes your brain to start cooling down your body. Alcoholic drinks will warm you up: False. While alcoholic drinks will make your skin feel warmer, alcohol can actually cause your body’s core temperature to lower. Keeping your furnace well-maintained and operating smoothly with annual furnace service is a much better way to stay warm. Hot showers heat you up: Sadly, the warmth you feel from a hot shower will leave when you turn off the water. You’ll actually get colder as the water dries, which is why it’s often difficult to get out of the shower. Wearing a hat will take care of your warming needs: You’ve probably heard this many times, but all uncovered skin causes heat loss—not just that on your head. If you’re only covering your head and not other areas of exposed skin, you’re going to lose more body heat. When you see all the false information about staying warm in winter, it’s pretty easy to see how imperative furnace service is to your comfort. While there are other ways to keep yourself warm besides furnace service, not many will have such a big impression on your daily comfort. To learn more about what furnace service can do for you in Dallas, call Tri County Air Care LLC at 469-617-3437 or set up an appointment online.