Things You Do to Stay Warm that Actually Make You Colder in Macon11/18/2015 Winter in Macon 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’ve probably heard of a lot of other ways to stay warm when the temperatures plummet, but beware: a lot of these recommendations 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 in reality, the warmness of the drink actually triggers your brain to start chilling your body. Alcoholic drinks will warm you up: False. While alcoholic drinks will make your skin feel warmer, alcohol has the ability to cause your body’s core temperature to drop. Keeping your furnace well-maintained and functioning smoothly with routine furnace service is a much better way to stay warm. Hot showers heat you up: Unfortunately, the warmth you feel from a hot shower will leave as soon as you turn off the water. You’ll end up feeling colder as the water dries up, 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 uncovered skin adds 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, 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 Macon, call Air Temperature Control at 478-784-1109 or set up an appointment online.