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

Winter is almost here in Dayton, and with it always comes frigid temperatures that could leave us bundling up with additional layers. Furnace service and extra layers are typically surefire ways to keep warm on chilly days, but there are a host of other suggestions available out there that you could be trying that are actually making you colder, not warmer.

Common Myths:

  • Hot drinks will make you warmer: while the first sensation of a hot drink can help you think that you’re warm, your brain will sense that it needs 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 only your skin warming. Alcohol can actually decrease your core temperature, making you colder. A well-tuned furnace, thanks to having annual furnace service completed, is a safer bet.
  • Hot showers heat you up: similar to hot drinks, the heat of your shower is merely a fleeting feeling that fades 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 host of sources that state that a great deal of body heat is lost via your head, it’s important to remember that any part of bare skin contributes to heat loss. Therefore, while it seems like common sense, if you’re only wearing a hat and not a coat or gloves, you’re more likely to lose body heat quicker.

So now that you have learned about a handful of misconceptions surrounding staying warm this winter, it’s not difficult to realize the importance of something as basic as furnace service. Of course there are other methods to stay warm this winter besides furnace service, but there may not be a ton that have such a large impact on your day-to-day comfort. Give Jent Mechanical LLC a call at 937-845-1111 or schedule an appointment online to learn more about what furnace service can do for you in Dayton.

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