Does the Ideal Room Temperature Exist?
At this very moment, as I write this article, I can confirm the subzero temperatures of the office space could not be further from the perfect room temperature. Or is it just me?
Ever felt the need to cover up in the office despite outside temperatures being well above 30 degrees celsius?
And yet, your colleagues are questioning your sanity wondering how you are cold when they are sweating in their seats.
Or those days where it’s freezing, raining and windy outside and for some ungodly reason, the office somehow feels colder?
The same could be said at home, with family members constantly adjusting the thermostat on a quest to find the perfect room temperature.
It can be difficult to maintain comfort levels at home or in the office, especially in Australia where we experience cold mornings on blistering hot summer days, freezing cold winters and arctic AC systems at the office.
With all that’s said, does the perfect room temperature exist?
So, what is the ideal temperature at work?
However, this can vary among individuals.
A warmer environment is generally preferred more by elderly people and those who are ill. Some studies have also found that women performed tasks better in warmer environments, with the men doing much worse.
So is 22 really the magic number?
The University of Sydney doesn’t seem to think so. Research found people worked just as efficiently at 25 degrees celsius as they did at 22 degrees, and that performance levels boiled down to the individual’s productivity.
Productivity levels depended on a number of factors including workplace culture, organisational structure, job security and satisfaction, workload management style and personal factors, injury loss of sleep life events, health and wellbeing, financial stress.
However, performance rapidly deteriorates once it gets colder or hotter than 20 to 24.
So we can understand if subzero temperatures are affecting your ability to work.
You may have noticed a lot of colleagues leaving a jacket or coat on their chair at the office to cover up when the air con in the office blasts arctic winds periodically throughout the day. Or, Karen heating up bean bags in the microwave to stay warm.
According to science, the magic number across all spaces is 22 degrees. It is said to be the most ideal temperature for optimal performance in an office environment.
What is the ideal temperature at home?
When it comes to finding the perfect temperature at home, it can be a very difficult task to please everyone, especially when different rooms require different temperatures.
For example, experts recommend nurseries to be warmer than other rooms and should be around 22 to 24°C. Whereas the bedroom is recommended to be 16 to 19°C for optimal sleeping conditions.
Normal temperatures throughout the home include:
- Living room 20 to 22°C
- Study 20 to 22°C
- Nursery 22 to 24°C
- Kitchen 18 to 20°C
- Bedroom 16 to 19°C
- Bathroom 22 to 24°C
- Hallway 15 to 18°C
So how do we achieve the best temperature for all?
Having a high-quality reverse cycle air conditioning system installed helps you stay ahead of your temperature woes, providing optimal conditions to satisfy all year round. In addition, individuals should also do their best in adapting to an uncomfortable environment.
Most office air conditioning systems are controlled from a central location and provide heating and cooling to an entire floor. Building leases will generally state the indoor comfort and temperature set-points to be 21-22 degrees in winter and 23-24 degrees in summer.
How to stay comfortable all year round —
- Draft proof and insulate your home
- Set your thermostat at the lower end
- Use plenty of layers in winter
- Open up doors and windows at night or in the early morning to let in fresh cool air
- Bring a coat or jacket and leave it at work
- Use a small desk fan
- Microwavable bean bags
- Make yourself a hot drink