Things You Do to Stay Warm that Actually Make You Colder in Carlsbad11/18/2015 Winter in Carlsbad 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 wearing toasty layers of clothes. You may hear of a lot of other ways to stay warm when the temperatures plummet, 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 drink it. But actually, 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 cause your body’s core temperature to decline. Keeping your furnace well-maintained and operating smoothly with routine 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 as soon as you turn off the water. You’ll feel colder as the water dries up, which is why it’s so hard 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 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 misleading information about staying warm in winter, it’s simple to see how important furnace service is to your comfort. While there are more 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 Carlsbad, call Banister's Heating & Air Conditioning Services at 575-887-7777 or make an appointment online.