Things You Do to Stay Warm that Actually Make You Colder in Vancouver11/18/2015 Winter in Vancouver 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’ll hear a lot of other ways to stay warm when the temperatures plummet, but beware: many 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 toasty 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 reality, the heat of the drink actually prompts your brain to start cooling off your body. Alcoholic drinks will warm you up: Wrong. 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 regular furnace service is a much more reliable way to stay warm. Hot showers heat you up: Unfortunately, the warmth you feel from a hot shower will dissipate once you turn off the water. You’ll feel colder as the water dries, which is why it’s often difficult 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 important furnace service is to your comfort. While there are more ways to keep yourself warm besides furnace service, only a small number will have such a big impression on your daily comfort. To learn more about what furnace service can do for you in Vancouver, call Air Pro Heating & Cooling LLC at 360-571-5100 or set up an appointment online.