Things You Do to Stay Warm that Actually Make You Colder in West Valley11/18/2015Winter is inevitably near in West Valley, and with it always comes frigid temperatures that can leave us bundling up with extra layers. Furnace service and extra layers are usually dependable ways to keep warm on chilly days, but there are a host of other suggestions available out there that you might be using that are actually making you colder, not warmer. Common Myths: Hot drinks will make you warmer: while the first sensation of a hot drink can help you think that you’re warm, your brain may sense that it should start cooling off your body, causing cooling mechanisms. Alcoholic drinks will warm you up: the reason we typically feel warm after a few beverages, it’s merely your skin warming. Alcohol can actually reduce your core temperature, making you colder. An efficient furnace, thanks to having annual furnace service done, is a safer bet. Hot showers heat you up: similar to hot drinks, the heat of your shower is only a momentary feeling that goes away 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 handle your warming needs: while there are a host of sources that state that a great deal of body heat is lost through your head, it’s crucial to remember that any part of bare skin adds to heat loss. Therefore, while it seems like common sense, if you’re only wearing a hat and not a coat or gloves, you’re more likely to lose body heat quicker. So now that you have read about a handful of misunderstandings surrounding staying warm this winter, it’s not hard to see the importance of something as basic 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 effect on your everyday comfort. Give Select Comfort System Heating & Air Conditioning a call at 801-969-7088 or arrange an appointment online to hear more about what furnace service can do for you in West Valley.