Things You Do to Stay Warm that Actually Make You Colder in Napoleon and Northwest Ohio11/18/2015Winter is nearly here in Napoleon and Northwest Ohio, and with it always comes frigid temperatures that may leave us bundling up with additional layers. Furnace service and extra layers are typically dependable ways to keep warm on chilled days, but there are a number of other tips floating around out there that you might 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 feel like 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 usually feel warm after a few drinks, it’s merely your skin warming. Alcohol can actually reduce your core temperature, making you colder. A well-tuned furnace, thanks to having annual furnace service done, is a safer bet. Hot showers heat you up: similar to hot drinks, the heat of your shower is only a momentary feeling that fades when the water is dried up and toweled off. That’s why opening the shower curtain is so difficult. Wearing only a hat will cover your warming needs: while there are a host of sources that state that a great deal of body heat is lost by your head, it’s crucial to remember that any part of exposed skin contributes to heat loss. Therefore, while it seems obvious, if you’re only wearing a hat and not a coat or gloves, you’re more likely to lose body heat more quickly. So now that you have learned about a couple myths surrounding staying warm this winter, it’s not tough 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 ton that have such a huge impact on your day-to-day comfort. Give Von Deylen Plumbing & Heating Inc. a call at 419-592-4756 or schedule an appointment online to find out more about what furnace service can do for you in Napoleon and Northwest Ohio.