Things You Do to Stay Warm that Actually Make You Colder in Utica11/18/2015 Winter in Utica brings cold temperatures that will have you struggling for ways to stay warm. Surefire ways to stay warm include scheduling regular furnace service and layering on clothes. You’ll hear a lot of other ways to stay warm when the temperatures drop, but beware: a lot of these recommendations are actually myths and could end up making you feel colder! Common Myths: 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 gulp it down. But in reality, the warmness of the drink actually prompts your brain to start cooling down your body. Alcoholic drinks will warm you up: Untrue. While alcoholic drinks will make your skin feel warmer, alcohol can actually cause your body’s core temperature to drop. Keeping your furnace well-maintained and functioning smoothly with annual furnace service is a much better way to stay warm. Hot showers heat you up: Sadly, the warmth you feel from a hot shower will dissipate as soon as you turn off the water. You’ll feel colder as the water evaporates, 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 time and time again, 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 false information about staying warm in winter, it’s not hard 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 find out more about what furnace service can do for you in Utica, call Main Heating & Cooling, Inc. at 586-731-0950 or schedule an appointment online.