Things You Do to Stay Warm that Actually Make You Colder in Scottsboro11/18/2015Winter is almost here in Scottsboro, and with it always comes cold temperatures that could leave us bundling up with extra layers. Furnace service and extra layers are usually surefire ways to keep warm on chilled days, but there are a host of other suggestions available out there that you might be utilizing that are really 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 should start cooling off your body, triggering cooling mechanisms. Alcoholic drinks will warm you up: the reason we normally feel warm after a few drinks, 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 better bet. Hot showers heat you up: as it is with hot drinks, the heat of your shower is simply a fleeting feeling that fades when the water is dried up and toweled off. That’s why opening the shower curtain is so difficult. Wearing only a hat will take care of your warming needs: while there are a host of sources that state that a great deal of body heat is lost via your head, it’s crucial to remember that any part of uncovered skin adds to heat loss. Therefore, while it seems obvious, if you’re only utilizing a hat and not a coat or gloves, you have a better chance to lose body heat more quickly. So now that you have read about a couple misconceptions surrounding staying warm this winter, it’s not difficult to recognize 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 many that have such a large impact on your daily comfort. Give Southern Heating & Cooling Inc. a call at 256-574-1300 or schedule an appointment online to hear more about what furnace service can do for you in Scottsboro.