Things You Do to Stay Warm that Actually Make You Colder in Beaverton11/18/2015Winter is nearly here in Beaverton, and with it always comes chilly temperatures that may leave us bundling up with additional layers. Furnace service and extra layers are usually dependable ways to keep warm on chilly days, but there are a host of other suggestions floating around out there that you might be trying that are really making you colder, not warmer. Common Myths: Hot drinks will make you warmer: while the first sensation of a hot drink can help you think that you’re warm, your brain may sense that it ought to start cooling off your body, generating cooling mechanisms. Alcoholic drinks will warm you up: the reason we typically feel warm after a few cups of holiday cheer, it’s only your skin warming. Alcohol can actually lower your core temperature, making you colder. A well-tuned furnace, thanks to having annual furnace service completed, is a better bet. Hot showers heat you up: as it is with hot drinks, the heat of your shower is only a quick feeling that fades 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 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 bare skin contributes to heat loss. Therefore, while it seems clear, if you’re only wearing a hat and not a coat or gloves, you’re more likely to lose body heat faster. So now that you have read about a few 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 ways to stay warm this winter besides furnace service, but there may not be many that have such a great effect on your day-to-day comfort. Give Garoken Energy Co. Inc. a call at 503-848-3838 or schedule an appointment online to learn more about what furnace service can do for you in Beaverton.