Things You Do to Stay Warm that Actually Make You Colder in East Peoria11/18/2015 Winter in East Peoria comes with cold temperatures that will have you scrambling for ways to stay warm. Surefire 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 lot of these suggestions are actually myths and could end up making you feel colder! Common Myths: 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 gulp it down. But in reality, the heat of the drink actually triggers your brain to start chilling 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 annual furnace service is a much more reliable way to stay warm. Hot showers heat you up: Sorry to say, the warmth you feel from a hot shower will dissipate when you turn off the water. You’ll feel 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 over and over, but all bare 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 false information about staying warm in winter, it’s pretty easy to see how important furnace service is to your comfort. While there are more ways to keep yourself warm besides furnace service, not many will have such a big influence on your daily comfort. To learn more about what furnace service can do for you in East Peoria, call Accurate Heating & Cooling LLC at 309-437-2703 or set up an appointment online.