Winter in Rapid City 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 layering on clothes. You’ll hear a lot of other ways to stay warm when the temperatures drop, but beware: a lot of these recommendations are actually myths and could end up making you feel colder!
- 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 actually, the warmness of the drink actually prompts 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 actually cause your body’s core temperature to decline. Keeping your furnace well-maintained and running smoothly with regular furnace service is a much more dependable way to stay warm.
- Hot showers heat you up: Unfortunately, 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 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 over and over, but all exposed 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 misinformation about staying warm in winter, it’s pretty easy to see how crucial furnace service is to your comfort. While there are different ways to keep yourself warm besides furnace service, not many will have such a big impression on your daily comfort. To discover more about what furnace service can do for you in Rapid City, call Street Heating and Cooling at 605-206-3915 or schedule an appointment online.