Things You Do to Stay Warm that Actually Make You Colder in Wisconsin Rapids11/18/2015 Winter in Wisconsin Rapids comes with 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 drop, 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 drink it. But in reality, the heat of the drink actually triggers your brain to start cooling down your body. Alcoholic drinks will warm you up: Wrong. While alcoholic drinks will make your skin feel warmer, alcohol can actually cause your body’s core temperature to drop. Keeping your furnace well-maintained and operating smoothly with regular furnace service is a much more dependable way to stay warm. Hot showers heat you up: Sadly, the warmth you feel from a hot shower will leave as soon as you turn off the water. You’ll actually get colder as the water evaporates, 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 time and time again, 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 misinformation about staying warm in winter, it’s simple to see how important 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 influence on your daily comfort. To find out more about what furnace service can do for you in Wisconsin Rapids, call Rapids Sheet Metal Works Inc at 715-421-5555 or make an appointment online.