Winter in the Rio Grande Valley brings cold temperatures that will have you searching for ways to stay warm. Dependable ways to stay warm include scheduling regular furnace service and bundling up with layered clothing. You may hear of a lot of other ways to stay warm when the temperatures plummet, but beware: many of these suggestions are actually myths and could end up making you feel colder!
- 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 actually, the heat of the drink actually triggers your brain to start cooling down your body.
- Alcoholic drinks will warm you up: False. While alcoholic drinks will make your skin feel warmer, alcohol has the ability to cause your body’s core temperature to lower. Keeping your furnace well-maintained and running smoothly with regular 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 leave once you turn off the water. You’ll actually get colder as the water evaporates, which is why it’s so hard 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 exposed 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 crucial furnace service is to your comfort. While there are different ways to keep yourself warm besides furnace service, few will have such a big effect on your daily comfort. To find out more about what furnace service can do for you in the Rio Grande Valley, call Cytech Heating & Cooling L.C. at 956-630-3522 or make an appointment online.