Things You Do to Stay Warm that Actually Make You Colder in Odessa11/18/2015Winter is almost here in Odessa, and with it always comes cold temperatures that can leave us bundling up with more layers. Furnace service and more layers are usually reliable ways to keep warm on chilled days, but there are a variety of other suggestions available out there that you could be using 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, generating cooling mechanisms. Alcoholic drinks will warm you up: the reason we usually feel warm after a few cups of holiday cheer, it’s merely your skin warming. Alcohol can actually reduce your core temperature, making you colder. An efficient furnace, thanks to having annual furnace service done, is a better bet. Hot showers heat you up: as it is with hot drinks, the heat of your shower is simply a momentary feeling that goes away 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 host of sources that claim a great deal of body heat is lost by your head, it’s crucial to remember that any part of uncovered skin adds to heat loss. Therefore, while it seems obvious, if you’re only wearing a hat and not a coat or gloves, you have a better chance to lose body heat more quickly. So now that you have read about a few misconceptions surrounding staying warm this winter, it’s not difficult to realize the importance of something as easy 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 great impression on your daily comfort. Give Redhawk Heating & Air Conditioning a call at 432-333-2208 or schedule an appointment online to find out more about what furnace service can do for you in Odessa.