Office Comfort Temperature

Office Comfort Temperature

THE WAR FOR THERMOSTAT IN THE OFFICE, WHAT IS THE RIGHT COMFORT TEMPERATURE ?

Men and women do not usually agree on the comfort temperature they should place in the office thermostat, regulate their body temperature differently and do not respond in the same way to the air conditioning

While for men any temperature is too high, women tend to feel cold. Why this situation?

The metabolism of women is generally slower than men (on average 15% less than men), and this means that they require a warmer environment to lose less heat and maintain a body temperature stable, in addition women tend to wear cooler clothes that leave the body more exposed, while many men wear a tie and suit.

THE PROBLEM: A SINGLE TEMPERATURE FOR ALL

Studies have revealed that men often prefer to work at an ambient temperature about three degrees Celsius lower than women. Thus, while men prefer – on average – that the offices are at 22 ° C, women feel better at 25 ° C. This does not apply to women who are very overweight.

¿But how to please both sexes, if some prefer to be at an average of 22 (men) and others at 25? One goes up, another goes down, and the thermostat swings up and down according to the preferences of hot and cold. These changes make it more difficult to maintain a comfort temperature in the environment.

¿HOW TO END THE DISCUSSIONS ON AIR CONDITIONING IN THE OFFICE?

It is very difficult to reach a consensus. Beyond sex, each person, depending on their personal characteristics (weight, age …), the activity being developed at all times and the clothing they use, needs an optimum temperature for their comfort. Obviously, it is impossible to adapt the facilities to each individual. Engagement temperatures should be used in which most people are comfortable, knowing that it is impossible to please everyone.

THE UNIVERSAL INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS LLC SOLUTION: I-VU OF CARRIER AUTOMATED SYSTEM

We have concluded that we should work with the average between 22 º and 25 º, for most areas, that is, set the thermostat set point at 23.5 º and with the help of technology, as it would be the i-Vu® Carrier control and monitoring system, the temperature can be taken at several points and the system would work with the average and not with a single point, in addition to this being a building automation system the configuration would be done from the central command For the special areas (office of the president of the company, storage rooms for films, smaller server rooms, etc.), if required, the i-vu system could be installed with zone controllers that regulate the air flow to those environments.

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