Scientists say air conditioners should be turned down for women
A study entitled “Energy consumption buildings and female thermal demand” published in the journal Nature Climate Change on Monday has given ladies some actual proof that office thermostats are turned down too low. Hey ladies, turns out science is on your side.
Researchers Boris Kingma and Wouter van Marken Lichtenbelt, state that office buildings were originally calibrated for men in the 1960s, a decades-old formula that is now woefully out of date as the workforce has changed significantly in the last 50 years with namely more women working alongside men who have different metabolic rates than their male peers. Kingma and van Marken Licchtenbelt argue that because women are typically smaller and have slower metabolic rates the current model “may overestimate resting heat production by up to 35 percent" which means offices are typically colder than they should be.
Joost van Hoof, a building physicist at Fontys University of Applied Sciences in the Netherlands, who wasn’t included in the study, told the New York Times, “If women have [a] lower need for cooling it actually means you can save energy because right now we’re just cooling for this male population."
So there you go, #notallscientists.
Facts about: metabolic rates
Your basal metabolic rate (BMR) affects the rate at which you burn calories, and ultimately how your weight fluctuates through loss or gain, or stabilizes.
Your size affects your BMR. People with lower body fat have a higher BMR. The more surface area your body encapsulates also affects your BMR as well. Therefore, people who are tall and thin have higher BMR’s.
Aging usually decreases your metabolism as the loss of muscle mass is replaced by fat, which slows down calorie burning.