Many workers struggle with uncomfortable offices that feel too warm or too cool. But there are a few simple solutions to manage your temperature, a NASA official tells the Wall Street Journal's Michael Hsu.
According to Grant Bue, who leads a NASA team that works on managing astronauts' comfort, both astronauts and office workers face similar challenges when trying to stay comfortable. "In an office or the cabin of a spacecraft, you're fixed in place and the metabolic rate is relatively low," Bue says.
Hsu also spoke with Kenneth Diller, a professor of biomedical engineering at the University of Texas at Austin, for more strategies on thermal regulation.
If you're too cold in an office, experts recommend you:
- Wear a hat, scarf, and/or over-sized headphones: These solutions all involve better preventing "heat loss" from exposed parts of the body.
- Warm your core—and your feet: Wearing layers and insulated shoes helps retain heat, too.
- Take a walk: Even a short stroll can boost the metabolic rate and get blood flowing, Bue says.
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Alternately, if you're too hot:
- Point a fan at your head: This cools the part of your body that is doing the most work to regulate your heat.
- Cool your hands and your feet: A cold pack that chills your extremities can be an effective way to feel cooler, Diller says (Hsu, Wall Street Journal, 6/19)
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