Winter in Beaverton brings cold temperatures that will have you scrambling for ways to stay warm. Dependable ways to stay warm include scheduling regular furnace service and layering on clothes. You’ll hear a lot of other ways to stay warm when the temperatures plummet, but beware: a number of these ideas 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 in reality, the heat of the drink actually triggers your brain to start chilling your body.
- Alcoholic drinks will warm you up: False. While alcoholic drinks will make your skin feel warmer, alcohol can actually cause your body’s core temperature to lower. Keeping your furnace well-maintained and operating smoothly with routine furnace service is a much more reliable way to stay warm.
- Hot showers heat you up: Sadly, the warmth you feel from a hot shower will leave when you turn off the water. You’ll end up feeling 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 over and over, but all bare 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 misleading information about staying warm in winter, it’s simple to see how crucial furnace service is to your comfort. While there are other ways to keep yourself warm besides furnace service, not many will have such a big influence on your daily comfort. To discover more about what furnace service can do for you in Beaverton, call Garoken Energy Co. Inc. at 503-374-1934 or schedule an appointment online.