Winter in Excelsior Springs is known for cold temperatures that will have you struggling for ways to stay warm. Dependable ways to stay warm include scheduling regular furnace service and layering on clothes. You’ll hear a lot of other ways to stay warm when the temperatures plummet, but beware: many of these ideas are actually myths and could end up making you feel colder!
- Hot drinks will make you warmer: Sure, holding a toasty 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 heat of the drink actually prompts your brain to start cooling down your body.
- Alcoholic drinks will warm you up: Untrue. While alcoholic drinks will make your skin feel warmer, alcohol can actually cause your body’s core temperature to drop. Keeping your furnace well-maintained and operating smoothly with annual furnace service is a much better way to stay warm.
- Hot showers heat you up: Unfortunately, the warmth you feel from a hot shower will dissipate when you turn off the water. You’ll feel colder as the water dries, which is why it’s so hard 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 exposed skin contributes to 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 misinformation about staying warm in winter, it’s pretty easy to see how important furnace service is to your comfort. While there are different ways to keep yourself warm besides furnace service, only a small number will have such a big influence on your daily comfort. To discover more about what furnace service can do for you in Excelsior Springs, call Colvin's Heating and Cooling at 816-379-3918 or schedule an appointment online.