Things You Do to Stay Warm that Actually Make You Colder in Chicago11/18/2015 Winter in Chicago brings cold temperatures that will have you struggling for ways to stay warm. Surefire 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 drop, 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 steaming 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 actually, the warmth of the drink actually prompts 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 actually cause your body’s core temperature to lower. 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 leave as soon as 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 many times, but all uncovered 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 different ways to keep yourself warm besides furnace service, few will have such a big impression on your daily comfort. To learn more about what furnace service can do for you in Chicago, call iTemp Heating and Air Conditioning at 773-704-0640 or make an appointment online.