Things You Do to Stay Warm that Actually Make You Colder in Metro Atlanta11/18/2015Winter is inevitably near in Metro Atlanta, and with it always comes chilly temperatures that could leave us bundling up with extra layers. Furnace service and added layers are usually dependable ways to keep warm on chilly days, but there are a host of other tips floating around out there that you could be trying that are really making you colder, not warmer. Common Myths: Hot drinks will make you warmer: while the primary sensation of a hot drink can help you believe that you’re warm, your brain can sense that it should start cooling off your body, generating cooling mechanisms. Alcoholic drinks will warm you up: the reason we usually feel warm after a few cups of holiday cheer, it’s only your skin warming. Alcohol can actually decrease your core temperature, making you colder. An efficient furnace, thanks to having annual furnace service done, is a better bet. Hot showers heat you up: similar to hot drinks, the heat of your shower is simply a momentary feeling that disappears when the water is dried up and toweled off. That’s why opening the shower curtain is so difficult. Wearing only a hat will handle your warming needs: while there are a number of sources that claim a great deal of body heat is lost by your head, it’s important to remember that any part of bare skin increases heat loss. Therefore, while it seems obvious, if you’re only wearing a hat and not a coat or gloves, you’re more likely to lose body heat more quickly. So now that you know about a few misconceptions surrounding staying warm this winter, it’s not difficult to see the importance of something as simple as furnace service. Of course there are other methods to stay warm this winter besides furnace service, but there may not be many that have such a large effect on your daily comfort. Give ACS Inc a call at 770-939-7500 or set up an appointment online to find out more about what furnace service can do for you in Metro Atlanta.