Winter in Oxford is known for cold temperatures that will have you scrambling for ways to stay warm. Guaranteed ways to stay warm include scheduling regular furnace service and wearing toasty layers of clothes. You’ve probably heard of a lot of other ways to stay warm when the temperatures plummet, but beware: many of these suggestions are actually myths and could end up making you feel colder!
- Hot drinks will make you warmer: Sure, holding a steaming cup of coffee or hot chocolate can warm your hands and you’ll feel like you’re warming up as you sip it. But actually, the heat of the drink actually causes 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 can cause your body’s core temperature to drop. Keeping your furnace well-maintained and running smoothly with regular 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 vanish when you turn off the water. You’ll feel colder as the water evaporates, 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 over and over, but all bare 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 misinformation about staying warm in winter, it’s not hard to see how important furnace service is to your comfort. While there are more ways to keep yourself warm besides furnace service, not many will have such a big impression on your daily comfort. To find out more about what furnace service can do for you in Oxford, call Franklin's Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc at 662-281-1231 or schedule an appointment online.