Things You Do to Stay Warm that Actually Make You Colder in Northwest Arkansas11/18/2015Winter is almost here in Northwest Arkansas, and with it always comes frigid temperatures that can leave us bundling up with additional layers. Furnace service and extra layers are usually reliable ways to keep warm on chilled days, but there are a host of other suggestions floating around out there that you could be trying that are really making you colder, not warmer. Common Myths: Hot drinks will make you warmer: while the primary sensation of a hot drink can help you believe that you’re warm, your brain will sense that it should start cooling off your body, causing cooling mechanisms. Alcoholic drinks will warm you up: the reason we typically feel warm after a few cups of holiday cheer, it’s only 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 better bet. Hot showers heat you up: comparable to hot drinks, the heat of your shower is simply a momentary feeling that goes away when the water is dried up and toweled off. That’s why you never want to open the shower curtain. Wearing only a hat will take care of your warming needs: while there are a variety of sources that claim a great deal of body heat is lost by your head, it’s critical to remember that any part of exposed 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 read about a few misconceptions surrounding staying warm this winter, it’s not hard to see 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 many that have such a large effect on your everyday comfort. Give AirTech Heating and Air Conditioning, LLC a call at 479-372-4304 or schedule an appointment online to find out more about what furnace service can do for you in Northwest Arkansas.