Things You Do to Stay Warm that Actually Make You Colder in Houston

November 18, 2015

Winter is inevitably near in Houston, and with it always comes cold temperatures that may leave us bundling up with more layers. Furnace service and added layers are typically surefire ways to keep warm on cold days, but there are a host of other tips floating around out there that you may be trying that are simply making you colder, not warmer.

Common Myths:

  • Hot drinks will make you warmer: while the initial 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, generating cooling mechanisms.
  • Alcoholic drinks will warm you up: the reason we typically feel warm after a few cups of holiday cheer, it’s merely your skin warming. Alcohol can actually lower your core temperature, making you colder. A well-tuned furnace, thanks to having annual furnace service done, is a more sound bet.
  • Hot showers heat you up: similar to hot drinks, the heat of your shower is merely a fleeting 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 cover your warming needs: while there are a host of sources that state that a great deal of body heat is lost via your head, it’s critical to remember that any part of uncovered skin increases heat loss. Therefore, while it seems obvious, if you’re only using a hat and not a coat or gloves, it’s more likely that lose body heat quicker.

So now that you know about a few misunderstandings surrounding staying warm this winter, it’s not hard to realize the importance of something as easy as furnace service. Of course there are other things you can do to stay warm this winter besides furnace service, but there may not be many that have such a huge effect on your daily comfort. Give Marcos AC & Heating a call at 713-469-3357 or schedule an appointment online to learn more about what furnace service can do for you in Houston.