Winter in Chelan and Wenatchee is known for cold temperatures that will have you scrambling for ways to stay warm. Dependable ways to stay warm include scheduling regular furnace service and layering on clothes. You’ll hear a lot of other ways to stay warm when the temperatures drop, 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 warm 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 warmness of the drink actually prompts your brain to start cooling off 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 lower. Keeping your furnace well-maintained and operating smoothly with annual 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 once you turn off the water. You’ll end up feeling colder as the water dries, 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 uncovered skin causes 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 imperative furnace service is to your comfort. While there are more ways to keep yourself warm besides furnace service, only a small number will have such a big effect on your daily comfort. To find out more about what furnace service can do for you in Chelan and Wenatchee, call Lakeside Heating & Air at 509-284-4265 or make an appointment online.