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Why Women Feel Colder- It’s Science!

by Suzanne Daniluk, RN on August 5th, 2015

Are you female and find the office temperature is too chilly for you, while the men complain it’s too hot? Are you wearing jackets inside when it’s 100° outside? Now, there are reports of scientific reasons for your feeling colder.

Women generate less body heat than men, and tend to conserve more heat in their core organs,  circulating less heat to the rest of the body. Women’s clothing styles and materials are often lighter and cover less, also retaining less heat. One report stated that women feel most comfortable at a room temperature of 77°, while men prefer 72°.

According to a new study by European researchers, most modern offices use climate-control systems based upon the metabolic rate of an average 40-year-old man who weighs 155 pounds. Female metabolic rates, while significantly lower, were simply left out of the equation. These calculations were made by the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-Conditioning Engineers back in the 1960s, when the female workforce was a fraction of what it is today.

Researchers have called for increased office temperatures based on accurate values, which would not only take into account today’s workforce, but would benefit the planet by conserving energy and reducing global warming.

So, ladies, hopefully we can look forward to the day when we no longer need to break out the blankets and battle the thermostat!



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