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Thermostat battles can be explained biologically, socially

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It’s a part of every office environment: The battle over the thermostat.

"It is pretty chilly in here sometimes even though it's hot outside. I find that's the most difficult part of the summer,” says Alma Sinanagic.

Office fashion can come into play and possibly explain the gender temperature differences. Men primarily wear suits, with the jacket and ties adding extra layers to take the edge off of the chill. Women for the most part do not.

 But there are biological reasons explaining why men are often warmer than women.

"On average, a man has about 30 percent more muscle than the average woman and muscles generate a significant amount of body heat,” says Alan Hedge, an ecology professor at Cornell University.

Hedge says that women also don’t have the same layers on fat on their body like men do and those layers of fat act like an insulating jacket.

Office heating and cooling standards were also set decades ago, when the workplace was male-dominated.

But can thermostat settings and the temperature battle take a toll on chilly workers?

Research shows that when employees are cold, they tend to make more mistakes and become less productive.

Whether it’s explained biologically or socially, one thing is certain: The thermostat battles are far from over.

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