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

November 18, 2015

Winter is inevitably near in Tucson, and with it always comes cold temperatures that could leave us bundling up with additional layers. Furnace service and more layers are usually surefire ways to keep warm on cold days, but there are a host of other tips accessible out there that you might be utilizing 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 believe that you’re warm, your brain will sense that it should start cooling off your body, generating 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 decrease 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: similar to hot drinks, the heat of your shower is only a quick feeling that fades 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 take care of 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 crucial to remember that any part of uncovered skin increases heat loss. Therefore, while it seems obvious, 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 have learned about a few misconceptions surrounding staying warm this winter, it’s not tough to see 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 many that have such a huge effect on your day-to-day comfort. Give Ambient Air a call at 520-357-4912 or schedule an appointment online to hear more about what furnace service can do for you in Tucson.