The Search for Thermal Comfort
This online-only article is a supplement to the July/August 2015 print edition of Home Energy Magazine.
June 09, 2015
In the beginning there was woman and man, naked; I assume. The body’s core temperature is stable at about 98 °F. In an outdoor environment with a temperature between 65 to 102 °F, a naked body, depending on activity, can maintain a comfortable level of thermal stability. If body temperature goes much above or below its core temp for very long, the body will descend into thermal shock and eventually death. Add air movement (wind) and or wet, and thermal shock will happen faster.
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