Things You Do to Stay Warm that Actually Make You Colder in Middletown11/18/2015Winter is nearly here in Middletown, and with it always comes chilly temperatures that could leave us bundling up with extra layers. Furnace service and extra layers are usually dependable ways to keep warm on chilly days, but there are a variety of other pointers floating around out there that you could be utilizing that are actually making you colder, not warmer. Common Myths: Hot drinks will make you warmer: while the primary 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, causing cooling mechanisms. Alcoholic drinks will warm you up: the reason we normally feel warm after a few beverages, 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 performed, is a more sound 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 handle your warming needs: while there are a host of sources that state that a great deal of body heat is lost by your head, it’s critical 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’re more likely to lose body heat more quickly. So now that you have learned about a handful of misunderstandings surrounding staying warm this winter, it’s not difficult to see the importance of something as easy as furnace service. Of course there are other ways to stay warm this winter besides furnace service, but there may not be many that have such a great impact on your day-to-day comfort. Give Schagrin Gas Company a call at 302-658-2000 or set up an appointment online to learn more about what furnace service can do for you in Middletown.