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The researchers find that Americans adapt their thermostat to the African ambient temperatures



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A team of researchers from North Carolina State University has found that people living in the US tend to tune their thermostats to temperatures that correspond to the natural environmental conditions in parts of Africa. In their article published in the journal Royal Society Open Science the group describes their study of how sensors were installed in homes in the US and what was found.

In their work, the researchers find that they were not interested in adapting indoor indoor air to the natural environment ̵

1; which came later. Their original intent was to learn more about the living things that exist in homes next to humans – microbes, insects, rodents, etc. They wanted to know if their numbers varied according to the climate in the room. To find out, they asked people who lived in 37 US homes to set up a detection device in their home. The devices performed hourly temperature and humidity measurements for one year – at the end of the year, the sensors were returned to the researchers who analyzed the recorded data.

The researchers found that the lowest average temperatures reached 8 degrees C (usually at night when people do not steer the thermostats) and the highest mean maximum was 36 degrees. Researchers then split the earth into cells a latitude and longitude of half a degree longitude and latitude and pocketed the actual average temperatures for each cell. They compared the averages for US homes with their cell data and found that people in the US set the environmental conditions in their homes in a way that is very close to the environmental conditions in West Kenya and other parts of East Africa. They found that the conditions in Kenya, as in the US, are also rather dry. They also found that in Kenya and its surrounding areas are the places where modern man appeared on the planet for the first time. They conclude by pointing out that modern man sets his thermostats to have about the same climate they were exposed to in the time they did not control the weather. It is obviously the climate in which we still feel most comfortable.


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Further information:
Michael G. Just et al. The preferences of the human indoor climate correspond approximately to certain geographies, Royal Society Open Science (2019). DOI: 10.1098 / rsos.180695


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