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Things You Do to Stay Warm that Actually Make You Colder in Manassas Park

Winter is almost here in Manassas Park, and with it always comes cold temperatures that may 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 host of other suggestions available out there that you may be utilizing that are actually 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 needs to start cooling off your body, generating cooling mechanisms.
  • Alcoholic drinks will warm you up: the reason we normally feel warm after a few beverages, it’s simply your skin warming. Alcohol can actually lower your core temperature, making you colder. A well-functioning furnace, thanks to having annual furnace service done, is a better bet.
  • Hot showers heat you up: comparable to hot drinks, the heat of your shower is only a fleeting feeling that goes away when the water is dried up and toweled off. That’s why opening the shower curtain is so difficult.
  • Wearing only a hat will take care of your warming needs: while there are a host of sources that say that a great deal of body heat is lost through your head, it’s critical to remember that any part of uncovered skin increases heat loss. Therefore, while it seems like common sense, if you’re only utilizing a hat and not a coat or gloves, you have a better chance to lose body heat more quickly.

So now that you know about a couple misunderstandings surrounding staying warm this winter, it’s not hard 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 many that have such a huge effect on your daily comfort. Give Woody's Sudden Service Inc a call at 703-369-5528 or arrange an appointment online to learn more about what furnace service can do for you in Manassas Park.