Hot or cold when you’re rushing to relax?

Monday 26 November 2012, 9.14pm HKT

2.16pm local time, 19°C (66°F), 76% relative humidity, overcast

HONG KONG’s weather is officially turning cooler. It’s overcast and a bit drizzly. Wunderbar.

Last week, it was still in the mid-20s centigrade (mid-70s Fahrenheit) and I for one was still sweating like a waterfall.

(I don’t have the constitution of a pig so I won’t slander/libel/defame those self-sacrificing, bacon-supplying farm animals with the phrase ‘sweating like a pig.’)

British and European room temperature is conventionally taken to be 20°C (68°F) in the living room and 18°C (64°F) in other occupied rooms — most British people will find this quite warm.

North American room temperatures vary widely from region to region but it’s considerably higher than in Europe.The average North American room temperature comes to around 25°C (77°F) — which probably explains why Americans are latecomers to the global-warming awareness game.

In other words, Brits and Euronals suffocate in American digs, and Yanks freeze in Eurotrash pads.

The HVAC (heating, ventilation and air-conditioning) industry sets the maximum comfortable room temperature at 24°C (75°F) worldwide.

The Hong Kong government sets 25.5°C (77.9°C) as the air-conditioned room temperature. Draw your own conclusions.


So what’s your optimal operating temperature?

Is it real or imaginary? How do you know? Do you have to pay for it?

Below is a snapshot of the crowd I run with.

“Relaxation” is the optimal temperature for (you guessed it) rest and recreation.

“Rush Job” is for rush jobs, emergencies and general revenue generation.

Relaxation/°C Rush Job/°C Personal Av./°C
Indoor Outdoor Indoor Outdoor Indoor Outdoor
Localfags (ranked by personal average)
‘Angle’ 25 28 25 28 26.5 26.5
‘Ratta’ 23 25 22 22 24 22
Friend A 20 25 18 22 22.5 20
Friend B 20 22 18 18 22 18
Friend C 18 25 21 18 21.5 19.5
Friend D 18 22 18 15 20 16.5
Friend E 19 21 17 15 20 16
Doug 18 18 18 21 18 19.5
Johnny 18 18 18 21 18 19.5
Average of localfags 19.8 22.6 19.4 20 23.3 22
Overseasfags (ranked by personal average)
Guus (EU) 25 25 20 25 25 22.5
‘Stunnah’ (NE USA) 23 23 20 18 23 19
‘L.A.’ (USA, UK) 18 18 18 18 18 18
‘Scud’ (UK) 18 18 18 18 18 18
Ashley (UK) 16 15 15 5 15.5 10
The Naked Listener (EU) 16 12 15 5 14 10
Average of overseasfags 19.3 18.5 17.6 14.8 18.9 16.2

For the overseasfags, countries in brackets denote principal place(s) of upbringing.

Table generated by HTML Table Generator v1.0 beta at


And the upshot of this is what?

There’s no ‘upshot.’ I just want to know your optimal operating temperature(s) because I just happen to be a nosey parker sometimes.

If there IS an upshot, the chart shows I operate at the lowest temperature of the lot.



S.t.p. stands for standard temperature and temperature — not “sexually transmitted pwnage.”

In case you’re wondering, the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC) defines s.t.p. as:—

  • 273.15 kelvins (0°C or 32°F), and
  • an absolute pressure of 100 kilopascals (kPa) (14.504 psi, 0.986 atmosphere or 1 bar).



© The Naked Listener’s Weblog, 2012. Image via Price’s Alarms. (B12421)

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