Freezing in the Office? Temp Formula Was Devised for Men

There is proof women aren't just complaining about freezing office temperatures. According to a study published Monday in the journal Nature Climate Change, air conditioning systems are designed using a 1960s formula that assumed the average office worker was a 40-year-old, 154 pound man.

In addition to making life miserable for women, the cold air could be helping drive climate change, the research team at Maastricht University in the Netherlands said. 

Men, in general, have higher metabolic rates than women, according to the researchers, and they argue that the AC needs to be reset to reflect the true office population. Women prefer rooms at about 77 degrees, while men prefer a cooler 72 degrees, according to Boris Kingma of the Maastricht University Medical Center.

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