Understanding the “Feels Like” Temperature

The temperature on the thermostat doesn’t always match what our bodies perceive it to be. Meteorologists will talk about the “feels like” temperature, which is impacted by relative humidity, dew points, and wind. Certain factors impact the feels like temperature indoors, too. Of course, it is luckily much easier to control and adjust the indoors with the proper equipment!

It is humidity that is the most notable culprit during the summer months. Excess humidity in the air makes it difficult for your body to cool itself by sweating. This makes it feel much warmer than it is. A dehumidifier is an easy solution. Dehumidifiers can be stand alone or built into the ductwork of the HVAC system. Commercial buildings most often opt for the built-in system.

Are you in an office building that, even in the summer, is notorious for feeling too cold? Drafts could be to blame. A drafty building could be a result of air leaks, or an outdated HVAC system. Older units only have one speed, whereas most units nowadays are two-speed or variable speed. A single-speed unit means it is always pushing air through at top speed, which is only necessary a small portion of the time. The unintended consequence of a drafty building is a lower “feels like” temperature in some areas. Inconsistent temperatures make it very difficult for building managers to keep all employees comfortable.

Taking these factors into consideration can help you understand why the temperature feels different than it actually is. Hopefully, this information will help you manage and control a comfortable environment in your work or living space. As always, Owens is here to help if you continue to have trouble staying comfortable despite a desirable thermostat setting.