Things You Do to Stay Warm that Actually Make You Colder in Cedar Rapids

November 18, 2015

Winter is nearly here in Cedar Rapids, and with it always comes chilly temperatures that can leave us bundling up with extra layers. Furnace service and added layers are usually dependable ways to keep warm on chilly days, but there are a variety of other suggestions available out there that you may be utilizing that are really making you colder, not warmer.

Common Myths:

  • Hot drinks will make you warmer: while the initial sensation of a hot drink can help you feel like you’re warm, your brain will sense that it needs to start cooling off your body, causing cooling mechanisms.
  • Alcoholic drinks will warm you up: the reason we normally feel warm after a few drinks, it’s simply your skin warming. Alcohol can actually reduce your core temperature, making you colder. A well-tuned furnace, thanks to having annual furnace service done, is a safer bet.
  • Hot showers heat you up: as it is with 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 state that 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 obvious, if you’re only wearing a hat and not a coat or gloves, it’s more likely that lose body heat faster.

So now that you have learned about a couple misconceptions surrounding staying warm this winter, it’s not tough to realize the importance of something as easy as furnace service. Of course there are other methods to stay warm this winter besides furnace service, but there may not be many that have such a large impression on your daily comfort. Give Ilten's Incorporated a call at 319-208-3295 or schedule an appointment online to learn more about what furnace service can do for you in Cedar Rapids.