Tuesday, October 17, 2006

What is room temperature?

I typed those words into Google, and got:

Definitions of Room Temperature on the Web:

  • This is an often quoted figure of around 20°C.
    www.air-conditioning-directory.co.uk/glossary.htm
  • used colloquially to mean the ordinary temperature one is accustomed to find in dwellings. Technically it can mean the temperature of (l) a room in which a refrigerator is being operated or tested; (2) a room being conditioned for the occupant's comfort
    www.learn.londonmet.ac.uk/packages/clear/glossary/glosmtor.html
  • It's the temperature at which red wine is served. A hundred years ago homes were much cooler and room temperature was 16 -17°C, which is ideal for wine.
    www.mynrma.com.au/afw_winespeak.asp
  • the normal temperature of room in which people live
    wordnet.princeton.edu/perl/webwn
  • Room temperature, in laboratory reports, is taken to be roughly 21–23 degrees Celsius (70–73 degrees Fahrenheit), or 294–296 kelvins. The "standard" room temperature is 22 °C (72 °F or 295 K).
    en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Room_temperature
  • So, since our furnace is set to 61 F, or 16 C, I'm good for a bottle of wine, but I still want to wear mittens when I work at the computer.

    If I turn the heat up, and *gasp* forget to turn it back down before my honey gets home, I have to deal with the ensuing argument. So I just don't bother, and try to type faster to keep the blood flowing.

    Am I alone in this?

    10 comments:

    Metro said...

    Quit your bellyaching. Were it up to me it'd be 59 degrees.

    If it weren't an electronic thermostat I'd nail it in place!

    PJ said...

    LMAO! You go, girl. "Room temperature" is 68F to 72F -- 20C to 22C. And mushrooms are delicious. ((ducking and running))

    Metro said...

    @PJ
    No wonder you're moving--gotta find a smaller place to heat, eh?

    raincoaster said...

    what about a space heater, those little ones with fans that you can buy at Canadian Tire? They only heat you, personally, and since you're not running from one end of the room to the next usually, keeping only one spot warm is plenty. More energy-efficient than using the thermostat, particularly if that sets the heat for the whole house.

    Metro, you know what happens to men when it gets too cold, right? Not flattering. You might want to reconsider your embrace of the arctic.

    Metro said...

    Y'know, I've had to worry about that.

    And regardless, it's not the Arctic one would need to embrace to take care of the issue, no?

    raincoaster said...

    There's a comedienne 'round these parts who has a routine about going camping with her boyfriend. One morning he went off for a swim in the glacier-fed mountain stream, and when he came back she said, "I don't know where you left it, but go back to that stream and do not return until you've found your penis."

    Surely somewhere on the Internet is a chart correlating degrees of ambient temperature with degrees of retraction?

    Lori said...

    Thanks everyone. I've got some heat!

    :P

    a h m a d said...

    I still cannot find the temperature most suitable for my small office. I set it to 23 celsius but I never feel comfortable with it; a bit too cold. I think it has to do with humidity here.

    Lori said...

    The problem with an office is that when you're in it, you're just sitting & working. The only thing moving is your fingers, so you get chilly. (Metro said he'd get me some fingerless gloves to work in! Such a great guy...)

    If at 23 degrees celcius you're still chilly...What colour is the room painted? Probably some nice green that keeps you feeling cool in summer, right? I'd keep a sweater around to put on when I felt chilly.

    :P

    a h m a d said...

    Actually it is painted white and gray. And when I feel chilly, I simply turn off the AC. Smart idea, no? :P

    Anyway, where I work the air conditioning system is screwed up, you enter a room, it is very cold, you go in the ally, it is relatively warm... Very annoying to move from an office to another. I gave up on that anyway.