Winter in Bend is known for cold temperatures that will have you searching for ways to stay warm. Dependable 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 decline, but beware: a number 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 drink it. But actually, the warmness of the drink actually causes 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 cause your body’s core temperature to drop. Keeping your furnace well-maintained and functioning smoothly with annual 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 dissipate once you turn off the water. You’ll feel colder as the water dries up, 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 time and time again, but all uncovered 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 other ways to keep yourself warm besides furnace service, only a small number will have such a big effect on your daily comfort. To learn more about what furnace service can do for you in Bend, call Tri County Climate Control LLC at 541-238-2797 or set up an appointment online.