Things You Do to Stay Warm that Actually Make You Colder in Ridgedale and the Branson area11/18/2015Winter is nearly here in Ridgedale and the Branson area, and with it always comes chilly temperatures that could leave us bundling up with extra layers. Furnace service and added layers are typically surefire ways to keep warm on chilled days, but there are a variety of other tips accessible out there that you might be trying that are really making you colder, not warmer. Common Myths: Hot drinks will make you warmer: while the first sensation of a hot drink can help you think 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 normally feel warm after a few drinks, it’s simply your skin warming. Alcohol can actually reduce your core temperature, making you colder. An efficient furnace, thanks to having annual furnace service completed, is a safer bet. Hot showers heat you up: similar to hot drinks, the heat of your shower is merely a momentary 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 variety of sources that claim a great deal of body heat is lost via your head, it’s crucial to remember that any part of bare skin contributes to heat loss. Therefore, while it seems clear, if you’re only wearing a hat and not a coat or gloves, you have a better chance to lose body heat more quickly. So now that you have learned about a couple misunderstandings surrounding staying warm this winter, it’s not hard to recognize the importance of something as simple as furnace service. Of course there are other ways to stay warm this winter besides furnace service, but there may not be a ton that have such a huge effect on your daily comfort. Give Branson HVAC, LLC a call at 417-544-4430 or arrange an appointment online to learn more about what furnace service can do for you in Ridgedale and the Branson area.