Winter in Pella is known for cold temperatures that will have you struggling for ways to stay warm. Guaranteed ways to stay warm include scheduling regular furnace service and bundling up with layered clothing. You may hear of a lot of other ways to stay warm when the temperatures plummet, but beware: a number of these recommendations 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 in fact, the warmness of the drink actually prompts your brain to start cooling down your body.
- Alcoholic drinks will warm you up: Wrong. 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 running smoothly with regular furnace service is a much more dependable way to stay warm.
- Hot showers heat you up: Sorry to say, the warmth you feel from a hot shower will vanish as soon as you turn off the water. You’ll actually get colder as the water dries, 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 time and time again, 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 misleading information about staying warm in winter, it’s simple to see how imperative furnace service is to your comfort. While there are more ways to keep yourself warm besides furnace service, few will have such a big effect on your daily comfort. To learn more about what furnace service can do for you in Pella, call Van Haaften Plumbing & Heating at 641-628-3621 or schedule an appointment online.