Things You Do to Stay Warm that Actually Make You Colder in Carson City11/18/2015Winter is almost here in Carson City, and with it always comes cold temperatures that can leave us bundling up with additional layers. Furnace service and extra layers are normally dependable ways to keep warm on cold days, but there are a host of other suggestions floating around out there that you might be utilizing that are simply making you colder, not warmer. Common Myths: Hot drinks will make you warmer: while the first sensation of a hot drink can help you feel like you’re warm, your brain will sense that it ought to start cooling off your body, triggering 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 lower your core temperature, making you colder. A well-tuned furnace, thanks to having annual furnace service performed, is a more sound bet. Hot showers heat you up: similar to hot drinks, the heat of your shower is simply a momentary feeling that disappears when the water is dried up and toweled off. That’s why it’s so hard to open the shower curtain. Wearing only a hat will take care of your warming needs: while there are a number of sources that claim a great deal of body heat is lost through your head, it’s important to remember that any part of bare skin increases heat loss. Therefore, while it seems like common sense, if you’re only using a hat and not a coat or gloves, it’s more likely that lose body heat quicker. So now that you have read about a couple myths 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 things you can do to stay warm this winter besides furnace service, but there may not be a lot that have such a great impression on your day-to-day comfort. Give Anderson Heating & A/C a call at 775-882-8154 or arrange an appointment online to hear more about what furnace service can do for you in Carson City.