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

November 18, 2015

Winter in Laurel is known for cold temperatures that will have you struggling for ways to stay warm. Guaranteed ways to stay warm include scheduling regular furnace service and wearing toasty layers of clothes. You may hear of a lot of other ways to stay warm when the temperatures plummet, but beware: a number of these suggestions are actually myths and could end up making you feel colder!

Common Myths:

  • Hot drinks will make you warmer: Sure, holding a warm 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 triggers your brain to start cooling down 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 drop. Keeping your furnace well-maintained and running smoothly with regular furnace service is a much more reliable way to stay warm.
  • Hot showers heat you up: Unfortunately, the warmth you feel from a hot shower will dissipate when you turn off the water. You’ll end up feeling colder as the water dries up, which is why it’s so hard to get out of the shower.
  • Wearing a hat will take care of your warming needs: You’ve probably heard this over and over, but all bare 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 misleading information about staying warm in winter, it’s not hard to see how important furnace service is to your comfort. While there are different ways to keep yourself warm besides furnace service, only a small number will have such a big impression on your daily comfort. To learn more about what furnace service can do for you in Laurel, call H&C Heating and Cooling at 301-960-3247 or make an appointment online.