Winter in Phoenix comes with 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 may hear 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 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 actually, the heat of the drink actually triggers your brain to start cooling down your body.
- Alcoholic drinks will warm you up: Untrue. While alcoholic drinks will make your skin feel warmer, alcohol can cause your body’s core temperature to decline. Keeping your furnace well-maintained and running smoothly with regular furnace service is a much better way to stay warm.
- Hot showers heat you up: Sadly, the warmth you feel from a hot shower will dissipate as soon as you turn off the water. You’ll end up feeling 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 many times, but all exposed 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 crucial 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 effect on your daily comfort. To find out more about what furnace service can do for you in Phoenix, call Integrity AC & Heating LLC at 602-971-0567 or make an appointment online.