Winter in Norco and St. Charles Parish brings cold temperatures that will have you scrambling for ways to stay warm. Guaranteed 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 number of these suggestions are actually myths and could end up making you feel colder!
- Hot drinks will make you warmer: Sure, holding a steaming cup of coffee or hot chocolate can warm your hands and you’ll feel like you’re warming up as you sip it. But in reality, the warmth of the drink actually prompts your brain to start chilling your body.
- Alcoholic drinks will warm you up: False. While alcoholic drinks will make your skin feel warmer, alcohol can actually cause your body’s core temperature to decline. Keeping your furnace well-maintained and functioning smoothly with routine furnace service is a much better way to stay warm.
- Hot showers heat you up: Unfortunately, the warmth you feel from a hot shower will dissipate as soon as you turn off the water. You’ll end up feeling colder as the water dries up, which is why it’s often difficult 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 bare skin contributes 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 misinformation about staying warm in winter, it’s pretty easy to see how crucial furnace service is to your comfort. While there are different ways to keep yourself warm besides furnace service, not many will have such a big effect on your daily comfort. To discover more about what furnace service can do for you in Norco and St. Charles Parish, call Mayeuxs AC & Heating at (985) 764-2426 or set up an appointment online.