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Things You Do To Stay Warm That Actually Make You Colder

Winter is inevitably near in the Brockville, Kingston and Cornwall areas and with it always comes frigid temperatures that may leave us bundling up with additional layers. Furnace service and added layers are normally reliable ways to keep warm on cold days, but there are a host of other suggestions available out there that you could be trying 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 belive that you’re warm, your brain may 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 decrease your core temperature, making you colder. A well-functioning furnace, thanks to having annual furnace service done, is a more sound bet.
  • Hot showers heat you up: as it is with hot drinks, the heat of your shower is simply a momentary feeling that fades 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 variety of sources that state that a great deal of body heat is lost through your head, it’s important to remember that any part of bare skin contributes to heat loss. Therefore, while it seems obvious, if you’re only using a hat and not a coat or gloves, it’s more likely that lose body heat faster.

So now that you have learned about a couple myths surrounding staying warm this winter, it’s not difficult to realize the importance of something as easy as furnace service. Of course there are other things you can do to stay warm this winter besides furnace service, but there may not be a lot that have such a great effect on your daily comfort. Give Toshack Service a call at 1-888-547-6162.

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