girl with warm drink

Things You Do to Stay Warm that Actually Make You Colder in Excelsior Springs

Winter in Excelsior Springs brings cold temperatures that will have you scrambling for ways to stay warm. Surefire ways to stay warm include scheduling regular furnace service and wearing toasty layers of clothes. You’ll hear a lot of other ways to stay warm when the temperatures plummet, but beware: a lot of these ideas are actually myths and could end up making you feel colder!

Common Myths:

  • 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 gulp it down. But in fact, the warmness 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 cause your body’s core temperature to lower. Keeping your furnace well-maintained and functioning smoothly with annual furnace service is a much more reliable 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 end up feeling colder as the water evaporates, 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 adds 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 false information about staying warm in winter, it’s pretty easy to see how important furnace service is to your comfort. While there are more ways to keep yourself warm besides furnace service, few will have such a big effect on your daily comfort. To discover more about what furnace service can do for you in Excelsior Springs, call Colvin's Inc at 816-630-2702 or schedule an appointment online.