Things You Do to Stay Warm that Actually Make You Colder in Dallas11/18/2015Winter is inevitably near in Dallas, and with it always comes chilly temperatures that could leave us bundling up with additional layers. Furnace service and more layers are normally reliable ways to keep warm on chilly days, but there are a number of other pointers available out there that you may be utilizing that are simply 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 should start cooling off your body, triggering cooling mechanisms. Alcoholic drinks will warm you up: the reason we normally 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. A well-functioning furnace, thanks to having annual furnace service performed, is a safer bet. Hot showers heat you up: similar to hot drinks, the heat of your shower is only a fleeting feeling that disappears 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 cover your warming needs: while there are a host of sources that claim a great deal of body heat is lost via your head, it’s crucial to remember that any part of bare skin increases heat loss. Therefore, while it seems like common sense, if you’re only wearing a hat and not a coat or gloves, you have a better chance to lose body heat quicker. So now that you have read about a couple myths surrounding staying warm this winter, it’s not tough 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 a ton that have such a huge effect on your daily comfort. Give Air Patrol Air Conditioning & Heating of Texas a call at 214-261-0034 or set up an appointment online to learn more about what furnace service can do for you in Dallas.