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

November 18, 2015

Winter is almost here in Pocatello, and with it always comes cold temperatures that can leave us bundling up with extra layers. Furnace service and added layers are typically dependable ways to keep warm on cold days, but there are a host of other tips floating around out there that you could be using that are simply making you colder, not warmer.

Common Myths:

  • Hot drinks will make you warmer: while the initial sensation of a hot drink can help you believe that you’re warm, your brain may sense that it should start cooling off your body, triggering cooling mechanisms.
  • Alcoholic drinks will warm you up: the reason we usually feel warm after a few cups of holiday cheer, it’s simply your skin warming. Alcohol can actually reduce your core temperature, making you colder. A well-tuned furnace, thanks to having annual furnace service completed, is a more sound bet.
  • Hot showers heat you up: comparable to hot drinks, the heat of your shower is only a momentary feeling that goes away 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 number of sources that state that a great deal of body heat is lost via your head, it’s crucial to remember that any part of uncovered skin increases heat loss. Therefore, while it seems clear, 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 handful of misconceptions surrounding staying warm this winter, it’s not hard to see the importance of something as easy as furnace service. Of course there are other methods to stay warm this winter besides furnace service, but there may not be many that have such a large impression on your daily comfort. Give Vogts Heating & Air a call at 208-621-0129 or set up an appointment online to find out more about what furnace service can do for you in Pocatello.