Things You Do to Stay Warm that Actually Make You Colder in West Valley11/18/2015 Winter in West Valley 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 bundling up with layered clothing. You’ve probably heard of a lot of other ways to stay warm when the temperatures plummet, but beware: a number of these ideas are actually myths and could end up making you feel colder! Common Myths: Hot drinks will make you warmer: Sure, holding a toasty 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 off your body. Alcoholic drinks will warm you up: False. While alcoholic drinks will make your skin feel warmer, alcohol has the ability to cause your body’s core temperature to decline. Keeping your furnace well-maintained and functioning smoothly with regular furnace service is a much more dependable way to stay warm. Hot showers heat you up: Unfortunately, the warmth you feel from a hot shower will dissipate once you turn off the water. You’ll end up feeling colder as the water dries, which is why many of us struggle 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 exposed skin adds to 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 not hard to see how imperative furnace service is to your comfort. While there are different ways to keep yourself warm besides furnace service, not many will have such a big influence on your daily comfort. To learn more about what furnace service can do for you in West Valley, call Select Comfort System Heating & Air Conditioning at 801-969-7088 or schedule an appointment online.