Things You Do to Stay Warm that Actually Make You Colder in Baltimore11/18/2015Winter is nearly here in Baltimore, and with it always comes frigid temperatures that could leave us bundling up with additional layers. Furnace service and extra layers are usually reliable ways to keep warm on cold days, but there are a number of other tips floating around out there that you might 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 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 typically feel warm after a few beverages, it’s merely your skin warming. Alcohol can actually lower your core temperature, making you colder. A well-functioning 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 simply 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 cover your warming needs: while there are a variety of sources that say that a great deal of body heat is lost through your head, it’s important to remember that any part of exposed skin contributes to heat loss. Therefore, while it seems obvious, if you’re only utilizing a hat and not a coat or gloves, you’re more likely to lose body heat more quickly. So now that you have read about a few myths surrounding staying warm this winter, it’s not difficult to recognize 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 lot that have such a large effect on your everyday comfort. Give Quality Refrigeration a call at 410-355-6010 or set up an appointment online to learn more about what furnace service can do for you in Baltimore.