Things You Do to Stay Warm that Actually Make You Colder in Moline11/18/2015Winter is almost here in Moline, and with it always comes chilly temperatures that may leave us bundling up with extra layers. Furnace service and added layers are normally surefire ways to keep warm on cold days, but there are a variety of other pointers floating around 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 feel like you’re warm, your brain can sense that it should start cooling off your body, causing cooling mechanisms. Alcoholic drinks will warm you up: the reason we usually feel warm after a few drinks, it’s simply your skin warming. Alcohol can actually lower your core temperature, making you colder. An efficient furnace, thanks to having annual furnace service done, is a more sound bet. Hot showers heat you up: similar to hot drinks, the heat of your shower is simply a fleeting feeling that goes away when the water is dried up and toweled off. That’s why opening the shower curtain is so difficult. Wearing only a hat will take care of 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 critical to remember that any part of bare skin adds to heat loss. Therefore, while it seems clear, 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 have read about a few misconceptions surrounding staying warm this winter, it’s not tough to recognize 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 lot that have such a large impact on your everyday comfort. Give J.L. Brady Company LLC a call at 309-517-7511 or schedule an appointment online to learn more about what furnace service can do for you in Moline.