Things You Do to Stay Warm that Actually Make You Colder in Bloomington11/18/2015 Winter in Bloomington brings cold temperatures that will have you scrambling for ways to stay warm. Surefire ways to stay warm include scheduling regular furnace service and layering on clothes. You may hear of a lot of other ways to stay warm when the temperatures drop, but beware: a number of these suggestions 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 fact, the warmness of the drink actually causes your brain to start chilling your body. Alcoholic drinks will warm you up: Wrong. While alcoholic drinks will make your skin feel warmer, alcohol can cause your body’s core temperature to drop. Keeping your furnace well-maintained and operating smoothly with annual 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 when you turn off the water. You’ll feel colder as the water evaporates, which is why it’s often difficult 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 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 not hard to see how crucial furnace service is to your comfort. While there are different ways to keep yourself warm besides furnace service, only a small number will have such a big effect on your daily comfort. To learn more about what furnace service can do for you in Bloomington, call All Seasons Heating & A/C Co at 812-332-9100 or schedule an appointment online.