How Come The A/C Feels Colder For Women Than Men?

Posted by on Jul 31, 2016 in Uncategorized |

When it comes to the age-old “battle of the sexes,” even the A/C thermostat can become a battlefield. In the office during the summertime, you may have noticed your female colleagues bundling up while your male colleagues shed their suit jackets. At home, your significant other might have different ideas about how cold is too cold. As it turns out, there are plenty of good reasons why women might find the A/C a bit too cold for their tastes. It’s All About Biology Temperature differences between men and women can be traced back to the body’s basal metabolic rate (BMR). When compared with men of similar height and weight, women have a BMR that’s 5 to 10 percent lower. This is due to men having more muscle mass than women, which usually requires more calories burnt at rest just to sustain those muscles. Despite carrying more fat than men on average, differences in fat layer distribution also account for how differently women respond to temperatures and air conditioning. It’s these biological differences that make a difference in how men and women have differing levels of comfort in air-conditioned spaces. Air Conditioning Standards are Biased Towards Men There’s another surprising reason why women often feel colder than men in air-conditioned spaces. The standards commonly used for calculating heating and cooling needs in offices and other buildings are largely biased towards men. An overwhelming majority of buildings throughout the globe have their climate control systems design based on standards developed as far back as the 1960s. Although the standards take into account various aspects of human physiology including BMR, these standards are based on the physiology of a 40-year-old man weighing about 154 pounds, according to Time Magazine. With male comfort being the only model for A/C design, it’s little wonder that many women find themselves being given the cold shoulder in terms of A/C usage. How Cold is Too Cold for Women? Time Magazine also found that women preferred an office environment with indoor temperatures of 75 degrees Fahrenheit. However, most offices hover between 70 and 73 degrees — the optimal temperature for the typical office environment, according to most experts. Unfortunately, this optimal temperature may not be so optimal for female office workers. Recent research from Cornell University backs up women’s desire for a warmer workplace. In this study, researchers found that increasing office temperatures from 68 degrees to 77 degrees Fahrenheit helped boost productivity and reduce typing errors among subjects. Visit a website like for more...

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3 Things To Find Out Before Renting Heavy Construction Equipment For Your Business

Posted by on Jul 14, 2016 in Uncategorized |

Whether you work in the construction industry and are looking for equipment for an upcoming project, or if you are in any other type of business and are thinking about renting heavy rental equipment for some other purpose, there are a few things that you will need to find out first. Make sure that you check on these things before contacting the equipment rental company to ensure that things go as smoothly as possible. 1. Will Your Business Insurance Cover It? The rental company that you rent the equipment from should have insurance coverage to protect the equipment itself. However, unless you opt for additional coverage (which the rental company may or may not offer), your employees and property probably will not be covered. Before taking a risk and tackling the project without this coverage — and before potentially spending the money for expensive coverage through the rental company — it’s smart to check with your own business insurance agent to see if your policy provides this coverage. 2. How Long Will You Realistically Need the Equipment? It might seem like a good idea to just “wing it” when you rent the equipment, since you might not be sure how long you will need it. However, many companies offer both daily and weekly rates, and you will often pay less per day if you rent by the week. This isn’t helpful if you’re only going to need the equipment for a day or two, but if you are going to have it for longer than that, you might save money by renting by the week. This is why it’s smart to go ahead and really put some thought into how long you’ll need the equipment to help you make the right rental choice. 3. How Will You Get it To Your Place of Business? Another thing to consider is how you will transport the equipment to your place of business. If you have the right equipment to haul it yourself, you may want to do so to save on the delivery fee. If you don’t have the right equipment to get the job done, however, you may want to make arrangements with the rental company to have it delivered. This may take time, so it’s probably something that you will want to figure out and contact the rental company about at least a few days before you will need the...

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