Occupants have a false idea of comfortable summer season temperatures

Sami Karjalainen, Raino Vastamäki

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Abstract

Thermal comfort studies and standards show that room temperatures should be higher in thewarmer season than in the colder season.
An interview survey with a sample size of 3,094people was performed in Finland. The respondents were asked to state the Celsius values ofroom temperature they prefer in the winter and summer season in living room at home.
Theresults show that people have a false idea of comfortable temperatures. 41% of therespondents think that room temperature should be lower in the summer season than in thewinter season. 22% think that room temperature should be 19 C or below in the summerseason. Their principal idea behind this assumption is that the warm outdoor temperatureshould be compensated by cool room temperature.
Only 15% of people have the correct idea:comfortable room temperature is higher in the summer season than in the winter season. Thefalse idea may lead to unnecessary use of energy.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of Clima 2007 WellBeing Indoors
Publication statusPublished - 2007
MoE publication typeA4 Article in a conference publication
Event9th Rehva World Congress, Clima 2007 - WellBeing Indoors - Helsinki, Finland
Duration: 10 Jun 200714 Jun 2007
Conference number: 9

Conference

Conference9th Rehva World Congress, Clima 2007 - WellBeing Indoors
Abbreviated titleCLIMA 2007
CountryFinland
CityHelsinki
Period10/06/0714/06/07

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    Karjalainen, S., & Vastamäki, R. (2007). Occupants have a false idea of comfortable summer season temperatures. In Proceedings of Clima 2007 WellBeing Indoors