Things You Do to Stay Warm that Actually Make You Colder in Hamilton11/18/2015 Winter in Hamilton comes with cold temperatures that will have you scrambling for ways to stay warm. Guaranteed ways to stay warm include scheduling regular furnace service and layering on clothes. You’ve probably heard of a lot of other ways to stay warm when the temperatures drop, but beware: a number 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 toasty 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 heat of the drink actually prompts your brain to start chilling 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 decline. Keeping your furnace well-maintained and operating smoothly with routine furnace service is a much more reliable 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 actually get colder as the water evaporates, 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 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 misinformation about staying warm in winter, it’s not hard to see how important furnace service is to your comfort. While there are other ways to keep yourself warm besides furnace service, only a small number will have such a big influence on your daily comfort. To learn more about what furnace service can do for you in Hamilton, call Carefree Heating and Cooling, LLC at 513-275-3601 or schedule an appointment online.