Women really are the colder sex As it’s revealed air conditioning in offices is too chilly for them, why…
So then battle of the sexes continues — this time over the office air-conditioning. Scientists have shown that the temperature settings — introduced in the Sixties and still used today — were designed not with women workers in mind, but middle-aged men according to a recent article by Sarah Rainey
The chilly conditions of the workplace are based on the metabolic rate (the speed at which our bodies burn energy and generate heat) of a 40-year-old male so if you are cold at work, you can see why..
Women’s metabolic rate, which is typically a third lower, is not taken into account at all. While they would prefer a temperature of 25c, the current setting is around 22c.
Writing in the journal Nature Climate Change, the researchers said air-con units should be rebooted with both genders in mind.
‘Current indoor climate standards may misrepresent thermal demand of the female population,’ they added. Government guidelines.
Cold, hard evidence for all those women who’ve taken to wearing coats and thermal socks in the office in a bid to keep warm so if you are cold at work, persuade the boss to do something about it..