Things You Do to Stay Warm that Actually Make You Colder in San Jose

November 18, 2015

Winter is nearly here in San Jose, and with it always comes cold temperatures that can leave us bundling up with additional layers. Furnace service and more layers are normally dependable ways to keep warm on chilly days, but there are a host of other suggestions available out there that you might be utilizing that are simply making you colder, not warmer.

Common Myths:

  • Hot drinks will make you warmer: while the initial sensation of a hot drink can help you believe that you’re warm, your brain can sense that it needs to start cooling off your body, causing cooling mechanisms.
  • Alcoholic drinks will warm you up: the reason we usually feel warm after a few cups of holiday cheer, it’s simply your skin warming. Alcohol can actually reduce your core temperature, making you colder. A well-tuned furnace, thanks to having annual furnace service completed, is a safer bet.
  • Hot showers heat you up: as it is with hot drinks, the heat of your shower is simply a fleeting feeling that goes away when the water is dried up and toweled off. That’s why it’s so hard to open the shower curtain.
  • Wearing only a hat will cover your warming needs: while there are a host of sources that claim a great deal of body heat is lost by your head, it’s important to remember that any part of uncovered skin adds to heat loss. Therefore, while it seems obvious, if you’re only utilizing a hat and not a coat or gloves, you have a better chance to lose body heat more quickly.

So now that you have learned about a handful of misunderstandings surrounding staying warm this winter, it’s not difficult to see the importance of something as easy as furnace service. Of course there are other methods to stay warm this winter besides furnace service, but there may not be a lot that have such a great impact on your everyday comfort. Give American HVAC Inc a call at 408-215-1018 or arrange an appointment online to find out more about what furnace service can do for you in San Jose.