Things You Do to Stay Warm that Actually Make You Colder in Carson City11/18/2015 Winter in Carson City brings cold temperatures that will have you struggling for ways to stay warm. Surefire ways to stay warm include scheduling regular furnace service and bundling up with layered clothing. You’ll hear a lot of other ways to stay warm when the temperatures plummet, but beware: a lot 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 steaming 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 warmth of the drink actually prompts your brain to start cooling down your body. Alcoholic drinks will warm you up: Wrong. While alcoholic drinks will make your skin feel warmer, alcohol has the ability to cause your body’s core temperature to lower. Keeping your furnace well-maintained and running smoothly with routine furnace service is a much better 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 feel colder as the water evaporates, 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 time and time again, but all exposed 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 false information about staying warm in winter, it’s pretty easy to see how crucial furnace service is to your comfort. While there are other ways to keep yourself warm besides furnace service, only a small number will have such a big effect on your daily comfort. To learn more about what furnace service can do for you in Carson City, call Anderson Heating & A/C at 775-882-8154 or set up an appointment online.