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Room temperature

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Mercury-in-glass thermometer for measurement of room temperature.

Room temperature is a colloquial expression for the typical or preferred indoor (climate-controlled) temperature to which people are generally accustomed. It represents the small range of temperatures at which the air feels neither hot nor cold, approximately Script error: No such module "convert".. In scientific contexts, it may denote the range between Script error: No such module "convert"., with an average of Script error: No such module "convert"..

Comfort levels

The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language identifies room temperature as around Script error: No such module "convert"..[1]

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According to the West Midlands Public Health Observatory (UK),[3] an adequate level of wintertime warmth is Script error: No such module "convert". for a living room, and a minimum of Script error: No such module "convert". for other occupied rooms, giving Script error: No such module "convert". as a maximum comfortable room temperature for sedentary adults.[4] At temperatures below Script error: No such module "convert"., increased risk of death has been observed, and winter deaths reportedly rise at a rate of about 1.4% per degree below Script error: No such module "convert"..[4]

Scientific use

For scientific work, room temperature is taken to be about 20 to 26° Celsius with an average of 23 °C, about 73.4 degrees Fahrenheit (°F), 293 to 299 kelvins (K), or 528 to 537 degrees Rankine (°R).[citation needed] For numerical convenience, either Script error: No such module "convert". or Script error: No such module "convert". are often used.[citation needed] However, room temperature is not a defined scientific term, unlike Standard Temperature and Pressure (STP), which has several slightly different definitions.

Ambient versus room temperature

Room temperature implies a temperature inside a temperature-controlled building. Ambient temperature simply means "the temperature of the surroundings" and will be the same as room temperature indoors. In many languages, such as Spanish, Portuguese and Italian, there is an expression for ambient temperature, but no distinct translation for room temperature.[5]

See also

References

  1. ^ The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language (5th ed.). 2014. 
  2. ^ a b Burroughs, H. E.; Hansen, Shirley (2011). Managing Indoor Air Quality. Fairmont Press. pp. 149–151. Retrieved 25 December 2014. 
  3. ^ Hartley, Anne (1 March 2006). "Fuel Poverty". West Midlands Public Health Observatory. Birmingham, UK: West Midlands Public Health Observatory. Retrieved 25 December 2011. 
  4. ^ a b Roberts, Michelle (27 October 2006). "Why more people die in the winter". BBC News. Retrieved 25 December 2011. 
  5. ^ "ambiente". WordReference.com Spanish-English Dictionary. WordReference.com. Retrieved 20 September 2011.