Winter in Los Angeles 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 wearing toasty layers of clothes. You’ve probably heard of a lot of other ways to stay warm when the temperatures drop, but beware: a number of these suggestions are actually myths and could end up making you feel colder!
- 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 causes 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 has the ability to cause your body’s core temperature to lower. Keeping your furnace well-maintained and running smoothly with regular 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 vanish once 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 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 pretty easy 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 effect on your daily comfort. To learn more about what furnace service can do for you in Los Angeles, call AZ Air Conditioning and Heating at 800-296-5088 or schedule an appointment online.