Winter in Arlington comes with cold temperatures that will have you struggling for ways to stay warm. Guaranteed ways to stay warm include scheduling regular furnace service and layering on clothes. You’ll hear a lot of other ways to stay warm when the temperatures plummet, but beware: many of these ideas are actually myths and could end up making you feel colder!
- 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 gulp it down. But in reality, the warmth of the drink actually causes 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 can actually cause your body’s core temperature to drop. 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 vanish as soon as you turn off the water. You’ll actually get colder as the water evaporates, 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 uncovered 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 misinformation about staying warm in winter, it’s simple to see how important furnace service is to your comfort. While there are more ways to keep yourself warm besides furnace service, only a small number will have such a big impression on your daily comfort. To find out more about what furnace service can do for you in Arlington, call Service Max Heating & Air Conditioning at 360-255-5857 or make an appointment online.