Things You Do to Stay Warm that Actually Make You Colder in Rapid City11/18/2015 Winter in Rapid City brings cold temperatures that will have you scrambling for ways to stay warm. Guaranteed ways to stay warm include scheduling regular furnace service and layering on clothes. You may hear of a lot of other ways to stay warm when the temperatures plummet, but beware: a lot 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 steaming 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 warmth of the drink actually triggers your brain to start cooling off 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 operating smoothly with annual furnace service is a much better way to stay warm. Hot showers heat you up: Unfortunately, the warmth you feel from a hot shower will vanish as soon as you turn off the water. You’ll end up feeling colder as the water evaporates, 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 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 simple to see how important 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 impression on your daily comfort. To learn more about what furnace service can do for you in Rapid City, call Street Heating & Sheet Metal Inc at 605-342-5107 or schedule an appointment online.