Things You Do to Stay Warm that Actually Make You Colder in Reeds Spring11/18/2015 Winter in Reeds Spring is known for cold temperatures that will have you searching for ways to stay warm. Surefire ways to stay warm include scheduling regular furnace service and wearing toasty layers of clothes. You may hear of a lot of other ways to stay warm when the temperatures decline, but beware: many of these suggestions are actually myths and could end up making you feel colder! Common Myths: Hot drinks will make you warmer: Sure, holding a warm cup of coffee or hot chocolate can warm your hands and you’ll feel like you’re warming up as you drink it. But actually, the warmth of the drink actually triggers your brain to start cooling off your body. Alcoholic drinks will warm you up: Wrong. While alcoholic drinks will make your skin feel warmer, alcohol can cause your body’s core temperature to decline. Keeping your furnace well-maintained and functioning smoothly with routine furnace service is a much more dependable way to stay warm. Hot showers heat you up: Sorry to say, the warmth you feel from a hot shower will dissipate once you turn off the water. You’ll feel colder as the water dries, which is why many of us struggle to get out of the shower. Wearing a hat will take care of your warming needs: You’ve probably heard this over and over, but all uncovered skin adds 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 misleading information about staying warm in winter, it’s not hard to see how important 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 impression on your daily comfort. To learn more about what furnace service can do for you in Reeds Spring, call All Seasons Comfort Systems Inc at 417-739-4606 or schedule an appointment online.