Things You Do to Stay Warm that Actually Make You Colder in Gresham

November 18, 2015

Winter is nearly here in Gresham, and with it always comes frigid temperatures that may leave us bundling up with extra layers. Furnace service and added layers are normally dependable ways to keep warm on chilly days, but there are a host of other suggestions available out there that you might be trying that are simply making you colder, not warmer.

Common Myths:

  • Hot drinks will make you warmer: while the initial sensation of a hot drink can help you think that you’re warm, your brain may sense that it needs to start cooling off your body, causing cooling mechanisms.
  • Alcoholic drinks will warm you up: the reason we usually feel warm after a few drinks, it’s merely your skin warming. Alcohol can actually lower your core temperature, making you colder. An efficient furnace, thanks to having annual furnace service done, is a more sound bet.
  • Hot showers heat you up: as it is with hot drinks, the heat of your shower is only a fleeting 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 claim a great deal of body heat is lost by your head, it’s critical to remember that any part of bare skin increases heat loss. Therefore, while it seems like common sense, if you’re only utilizing a hat and not a coat or gloves, you’re more likely to lose body heat faster.

So now that you have learned about a few misconceptions surrounding staying warm this winter, it’s not hard to realize the importance of something as easy as furnace service. Of course there are other methods to stay warm this winter besides furnace service, but there may not be a ton that have such a large impact on your day-to-day comfort. Give Honke Heating & AC a call at 503-663-8033 or schedule an appointment online to find out more about what furnace service can do for you in Gresham.