Winter in Des Moines brings cold temperatures that will have you searching for ways to stay warm. Dependable ways to stay warm include scheduling regular furnace service and layering on clothes. You may hear of a lot of other ways to stay warm when the temperatures plummet, but beware: a number of these ideas are actually myths and could end up making you feel colder!
- Hot drinks will make you warmer: Sure, holding a warm cup of coffee or hot chocolate can warm your hands and you’ll feel like you’re warming up as you drink it. But in fact, the warmth of the drink actually triggers your brain to start cooling down your body.
- Alcoholic drinks will warm you up: False. While alcoholic drinks will make your skin feel warmer, alcohol has the ability to cause your body’s core temperature to drop. Keeping your furnace well-maintained and running smoothly with annual furnace service is a much more dependable way to stay warm.
- Hot showers heat you up: Unfortunately, the warmth you feel from a hot shower will leave once you turn off the water. You’ll feel colder as the water dries up, which is why many of us struggle to get out of the shower.
- Wearing a hat will take care of your warming needs: You’ve probably heard this many times, but all uncovered skin causes heat loss—not just that on your head. If you’re only covering your head and not other areas of exposed skin, you’re going to lose more body heat.
When you see all the misleading information about staying warm in winter, it’s pretty easy to see how imperative furnace service is to your comfort. While there are different ways to keep yourself warm besides furnace service, not many will have such a big effect on your daily comfort. To find out more about what furnace service can do for you in Des Moines, call Heartland Heating & Cooling at 515-344-3579 or make an appointment online.