Things You Do to Stay Warm that Actually Make You Colder in Saint Petersburg

November 18, 2015

Winter is almost here in Saint Petersburg, and with it always comes chilly temperatures that can leave us bundling up with additional layers. Furnace service and extra layers are typically reliable ways to keep warm on chilly days, but there are a number of other suggestions floating around out there that you may be utilizing that are simply making you colder, not warmer.

Common Myths:

  • Hot drinks will make you warmer: while the primary sensation of a hot drink can help you think that you’re warm, your brain can sense that it should start cooling off your body, triggering cooling mechanisms.
  • Alcoholic drinks will warm you up: the reason we typically feel warm after a few drinks, it’s simply your skin warming. Alcohol can actually decrease your core temperature, making you colder. A well-functioning furnace, thanks to having annual furnace service done, is a safer bet.
  • Hot showers heat you up: comparable to hot drinks, the heat of your shower is simply a quick feeling that disappears when the water is dried up and toweled off. That’s why you never want to open the shower curtain.
  • Wearing only a hat will handle your warming needs: while there are a number of sources that say that a great deal of body heat is lost via your head, it’s critical to remember that any part of exposed skin adds to 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 more quickly.

So now that you know about a few misconceptions surrounding staying warm this winter, it’s not tough to realize the importance of something as basic as furnace service. Of course there are other ways to stay warm this winter besides furnace service, but there may not be a lot that have such a huge impact on your day-to-day comfort. Give Hale's Air Conditioning Services Inc a call at 727-369-6195 or arrange an appointment online to learn more about what furnace service can do for you in Saint Petersburg.