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

November 18, 2015

Winter is almost here in Lafayette, and with it always comes frigid temperatures that may leave us bundling up with additional layers. Furnace service and added layers are usually dependable ways to keep warm on chilly days, but there are a number of other suggestions floating around out there that you might be trying 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 beverages, it’s only your skin warming. Alcohol can actually decrease your core temperature, making you colder. A well-functioning furnace, thanks to having annual furnace service completed, is a more sound bet.
  • Hot showers heat you up: similar to hot drinks, the heat of your shower is merely a fleeting feeling that disappears 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 critical to remember that any part of uncovered skin contributes to heat loss. Therefore, while it seems like common sense, if you’re only using a hat and not a coat or gloves, you have a better chance to lose body heat quicker.

So now that you know about a few misunderstandings surrounding staying warm this winter, it’s not hard to realize the importance of something as simple 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 ton that have such a huge impact on your everyday comfort. Give AC Sales a call at (337) 234-2345 or schedule an appointment online to learn more about what furnace service can do for you in Lafayette.