Things You Do to Stay Warm that Actually Make You Colder in Scottsboro11/18/2015 Winter in Scottsboro brings cold temperatures that will have you struggling for ways to stay warm. Surefire ways to stay warm include scheduling regular furnace service and wearing toasty layers of clothes. You’ve probably heard of a lot of other ways to stay warm when the temperatures plummet, but beware: a number of these suggestions are actually myths and could end up making you feel colder! Common Myths: Hot drinks will make you warmer: Sure, holding a warm cup of coffee or hot chocolate can warm your hands and you’ll feel like you’re warming up as you sip it. But in fact, the heat of the drink actually prompts your brain to start cooling down your body. Alcoholic drinks will warm you up: Untrue. 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 regular 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 vanish 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 over and over, but all bare 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 misinformation about staying warm in winter, it’s simple to see how important 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 influence on your daily comfort. To find out more about what furnace service can do for you in Scottsboro, call Southern Heating & Cooling Inc. at 256-574-1300 or schedule an appointment online.