Things You Do to Stay Warm that Actually Make You Colder in Asheville11/18/2015 Winter in Asheville 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 decline, but beware: many of these ideas are actually myths and could end up making you feel colder! Common Myths: 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 gulp it down. But actually, the warmness of the drink actually causes your brain to start chilling your body. Alcoholic drinks will warm you up: Untrue. While alcoholic drinks will make your skin feel warmer, alcohol can actually cause your body’s core temperature to drop. Keeping your furnace well-maintained and running 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 dissipate as soon as you turn off the water. You’ll end up feeling 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 many times, 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 false information about staying warm in winter, it’s pretty easy to see how important furnace service is to your comfort. While there are different ways to keep yourself warm besides furnace service, only a small number will have such a big impression on your daily comfort. To find out more about what furnace service can do for you in Asheville, call 1st Choice Service Group Inc at 828-551-2913 or schedule an appointment online.