Have you ever wondered why it’s so cold in most office buildings and businesses? You find yourself breathing warm air into your hands, bringing in sweaters, but nothing seems to warm you up! If you’re reading this and you’re nodding your head up and and down, chances are you’re a woman — and there’s a logical explanation for this.
Why the Office Feels So Cold
Age, gender, and size all play a role in how people define what the perfect temperature is. The formula used to calibrate cooling systems was created in the 1960s and is based around the metabolic activity of a 40-year-old, 155 pound male. This was the average worker back in the 60s, therefore, this is who cooling systems are directly designed for. Since women give off less heat due to a slower metabolic rate, women will usually find the office to be cold on spring and summer work days.
Is This Efficient?
For those who are in control of their business’s cooling system, consider raising the thermostat just a bit. Studies have shown that the desired temperature for an office or business is in the range of 72 to 74 degrees. Anything lower can decrease productivity and efficiency within the office. Not only will a slight raise in temperature increase overall productivity, energy costs will decrease. Now we’re killing two birds with one stone!
The size of the office plays a HUGE role in how cool or warm the temperature is. The bigger the office, the more thermostats will be needed to accurately record the current temperature. If there aren’t enough thermostats, inaccurate readings will occur, making the office cooler in some spots and warmer in others. Make sure the cooling system in your office or business is sized perfectly for the square footage of the space.
Don’t think you’re the only person that’s cold when you’re in the office — there’s an actual reason for your mid-shift shivers! When you need commercial HVAC repair or replacement, contact Airtech of Stamford. To learn more or to schedule an appointment, give us a call at (203) 323-3959.