Things You Do to Stay Warm that Actually Make You Colder in Topeka11/18/2015Winter is inevitably near in Topeka, and with it always comes frigid temperatures that could leave us bundling up with additional layers. Furnace service and added layers are normally reliable ways to keep warm on cold days, but there are a host of other pointers floating around out there that you may be using that are actually making you colder, not warmer. Common Myths: Hot drinks will make you warmer: while the first sensation of a hot drink can help you think that you’re warm, your brain will sense that it ought to start cooling off your body, causing cooling mechanisms. Alcoholic drinks will warm you up: the reason we usually feel warm after a few cups of holiday cheer, it’s simply your skin warming. Alcohol can actually reduce your core temperature, making you colder. An efficient furnace, thanks to having annual furnace service performed, is a more sound bet. Hot showers heat you up: similar to hot drinks, the heat of your shower is only a momentary feeling that goes away when the water is dried up and toweled off. That’s why it’s so hard to open the shower curtain. Wearing only a hat will handle your warming needs: while there are a host of sources that state that a great deal of body heat is lost through your head, it’s critical to remember that any part of exposed skin adds to heat loss. Therefore, while it seems clear, if you’re only wearing a hat and not a coat or gloves, it’s more likely that lose body heat more quickly. So now that you have read about a couple myths surrounding staying warm this winter, it’s not difficult to realize 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 many that have such a great effect on your daily comfort. Give Custom Sheetmetal & Roofing, Inc. a call at 785-357-6200 or arrange an appointment online to find out more about what furnace service can do for you in Topeka.