What temperature should state office buildings' thermostats be set on?
Thu, 09 Jun 2011 16:17:14 GMT —
There is no right or wrong answer to the question of where a thermostat should be set.
Comfort is a subjective evaluation.
However, according to Answers.com the most energy-efficient temperatures are 78 degrees in the summer and 68 in the winter.
When it comes to state buildings, the Office of Administration said they pretty much follow that.
But we have received a number of e-mails and phone calls from state workers complaining of being extremely hot and uncomfortable.
KRCG's Facebook crew investigated Thursday to see how hot it really is in state buildings.
State workers tell me they are feeling the heat while they work.
"The higher floors are getting a little warm, especially since the heat rises. It's just getting pretty warm up there. It would be nice to be able to work comfortably, Anonymous State Employee said.
When I checked the air-condition controls in the Truman Building, I discovered they do not show a temperature reading, only that the system is on.
So I went to the Office of Administration to find out where the thermostats in state buildings are set.
They told me they set them on 76 degrees.
"There are certain buildings where the air stays on consistently during the summer months, like the veterans' homes where they're patients. Here in the Truman Building, the temperature is kind of brought up a little bit as an energy saving initiative, Office of Administration Wanda Seeney said.
Seeney told me the temperature at the Truman Building is reset higher when people leave work in the afternoon, and when they come back in the morning it is kicked back on to 76 degrees.
Some of the state employees I talked with Thursday had mixed feelings of how it felt in their office. Some said it felt great, while others thought it was extremely hot.
"I'm very comfortable. I'm comfortable most every day, Anonymous State Employee said.
"It's hot. It's kind of unbearable how hot it is, State Employee Jenifer Welch said.
Wanda Seeney said the Office of Administration tries very hard to make all employees comfortable while they are working. But there is no way to satisfy everyone.
"If they feel they need a little bit more air to keep themselves comfortable during the day, they're permitted to bring in a small fan that could assist with cooling them off during the day, Seeney said.
Seeney said if people are telling us they are not comfortable, the OA staff might need to re-evaluate the guidelines.
So tell us what you think. How hot is it where you work?Preview Story
There is no right or wrong answer on what temperature your thermostat should be set on.
But according to Answers.com a thermostat should be set on 78 degrees in the summer and 68 degrees in the winter.
KRCG has receive a number of e-mails about state office buildings being extremely warm. Is the state trying to save money by adjusting the thermostat?
Tonight KRCG's Facebook crew investigates to see what temperature the thermostat is set on for state workers.
So tell us what you think. What temperature should state office buildings' thermostats be set on?