Things You Do to Stay Warm that Actually Make You Colder in Ontario11/18/2015 Winter in Ontario 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 wearing toasty layers of clothes. You’ve probably heard of a lot of other ways to stay warm when the temperatures decline, but beware: a number 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 steaming cup of coffee or hot chocolate can warm your hands and you’ll feel like you’re warming up as you sip it. But in fact, the heat of the drink actually triggers your brain to start chilling your body. Alcoholic drinks will warm you up: False. While alcoholic drinks will make your skin feel warmer, alcohol can cause your body’s core temperature to drop. Keeping your furnace well-maintained and running smoothly with routine furnace service is a much better 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 actually get colder as the water dries, 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 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 misleading information about staying warm in winter, it’s not hard to see how crucial 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 find out more about what furnace service can do for you in Ontario, call Stan's Heating, Inc at 541-889-3987 or schedule an appointment online.