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

November 18, 2015

Winter in Hattiesburg is known for cold temperatures that will have you searching for ways to stay warm. Surefire ways to stay warm include scheduling regular furnace service and wearing toasty layers of clothes. You’ll hear a lot of other ways to stay warm when the temperatures drop, but beware: a number of these recommendations 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 gulp it down. But in fact, the heat of the drink actually prompts your brain to start cooling off 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 drop. Keeping your furnace well-maintained and operating smoothly with annual furnace service is a much more dependable way to stay warm.
  • Hot showers heat you up: Sorry to say, the warmth you feel from a hot shower will leave when you turn off the water. You’ll actually get colder as the water dries up, 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 many times, but all uncovered skin contributes 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 misleading information about staying warm in winter, it’s pretty easy to see how imperative furnace service is to your comfort. While there are other 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 Hattiesburg, call Oak Grove Heating & Air Conditioning at 601-292-9763 or make an appointment online.