Things You Do to Stay Warm that Actually Make You Colder in Great Falls11/18/2015Winter is inevitably near in Great Falls, and with it always comes chilly temperatures that could leave us bundling up with more layers. Furnace service and added layers are usually surefire ways to keep warm on cold days, but there are a variety of other suggestions available out there that you may be using 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 think that you’re warm, your brain will sense that it should start cooling off your body, triggering cooling mechanisms. Alcoholic drinks will warm you up: the reason we usually feel warm after a few cups of holiday cheer, it’s only your skin warming. Alcohol can actually lower your core temperature, making you colder. A well-functioning furnace, thanks to having annual furnace service done, is a safer bet. Hot showers heat you up: as it is with hot drinks, the heat of your shower is only a momentary feeling that disappears 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 handle your warming needs: while there are a variety of sources that say that a great deal of body heat is lost via your head, it’s crucial to remember that any part of exposed skin increases heat loss. Therefore, while it seems clear, if you’re only using a hat and not a coat or gloves, you’re more likely to lose body heat more quickly. So now that you have learned about a few myths surrounding staying warm this winter, it’s not difficult to recognize the importance of something as basic 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 impression on your daily comfort. Give Falls Mechanical Services LLC a call at 406-761-7283 or schedule an appointment online to learn more about what furnace service can do for you in Great Falls.