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

Winter in Erie is known for cold temperatures that will have you scrambling for ways to stay warm. Dependable 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 drop, but beware: a lot of these ideas 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 gulp it down. But in fact, the heat of the drink actually triggers 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 has the ability to cause your body’s core temperature to decline. Keeping your furnace well-maintained and running smoothly with annual 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 once you turn off the water. You’ll end up feeling 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 time and time again, but all bare 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 simple to see how important furnace service is to your comfort. While there are more ways to keep yourself warm besides furnace service, few will have such a big impression on your daily comfort. To learn more about what furnace service can do for you in Erie, call Patterson & Stirling Inc at 814-833-5558 or set up an appointment online.