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There's A Reason Women Are Shivering In The Office, Study Finds

A recent study suggests Americans cool their offices too much.
A recent study suggests Americans cool their offices too much. Photo Credit: Flickr

WESTCHESTER COUNTY, N.Y. -- A recent study by a biophysicist at Maastricht University in the Netherlands has finally discovered why women tend to be colder in the workplace than men, according to NPR.

The calculations used to determine how office buildings are heated and cooled was developed in the 1960s and one of the primary variables used was metabolic rate. The rate used in these calculations, however was based on the average male and could overestimate a female's metabolic rate by up to 35 percent, the study said.

Women tend to feel colder than men at the same temperature. Females tend to prefer a temperature closer to 77 degrees while men like the more traditional 72 due in large part to differences in muscle-to-fat ratios, NPR reported.

While a comfortable room temperature may vary from person to person, the study says it is clear that Americans tend to keep their buildings much colder than needed, NPR said.

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