Things You Do to Stay Warm that Actually Make You Colder in Portland Metro11/18/2015 Winter in Portland Metro is known for cold temperatures that will have you struggling for ways to stay warm. Dependable ways to stay warm include scheduling regular furnace service and wearing toasty layers of clothes. You’ll hear a lot of other ways to stay warm when the temperatures decline, but beware: many 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 fact, the warmth of the drink actually prompts 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 cause your body’s core temperature to decline. Keeping your furnace well-maintained and functioning smoothly with routine furnace service is a much more dependable way to stay warm. Hot showers heat you up: Sadly, the warmth you feel from a hot shower will dissipate once you turn off the water. You’ll end up feeling 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 over and over, but all bare 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 simple to see how imperative furnace service is to your comfort. While there are different ways to keep yourself warm besides furnace service, few will have such a big influence on your daily comfort. To find out more about what furnace service can do for you in Portland Metro, call Central Air Inc at 503-656-1908 or make an appointment online.