Comfortable Temperature Measurement
A proposal for a new temperature scale such that we set the comfortable temperature for humans at 0′ degrees on this scale. So that warmer temps are positive and colder temps are negative. This quickly tells us whether we need to put on more or less clothes. For even greater visual aid, the temperature reading can color-code the values on a thermometer, thermostat, and weather forecast graphs. Such that ideal temp 0′ is green, warmer temps go from yellow to red, and colder temps go from blue to white. Thus the thermometer has an important secondary function.
What is Comfortable Temperature?
The ideal comfortable temperature is the temp at which it is not too warm nor too cold for humans. You wear only light clothes and don’t feel the need to put on more nor take off layers. There many subjective factors, such as how much you are moving around, humidity, air pressure, season, etc. To get everyone on the same page, I shall refer the ideal comfortable temperature as the widely agreed upon term and condition, room temperature, which describes the ideal indoor controlled temperature. This according to popular sources is around 68’F (20’C). This will provide a good baseline to set the 0′ value on the new temperature scale.
Hotter and Colder
I personally prefer the gradation of the Fahrenheit scale because the difference between values feel impactful. When it gets really hot or cold, the change in temperature numbers reflect how your body feels. The Celsius scale seems too narrow to match the human sensation–predictably because it was designed for scientific use, not human conditions.
It would be easy to merely shift the Fahrenheit scale such that room temperature falls at 0′ and call it a day. However, this article is part of a series to promote the dozenal numbering system. As such, I shall attempt to build a comfortable temperature scale under base twelve. However, I will also convert to decimal values for better comparison and comprehension.
Let’s start with our 0′ value, which we marked earlier as 68’F. Also on the ‘F scale toward the colder end is 32’F to denote the temp at which water freezes. The difference between these two values is 36’. This seems very nice because 36 in decimal is 30 in dozenal, a nice round number. Thus we can set -30′ in our dozenal temp scale as the freezing point of water.
Then on the other, positive end of the scale, the temperatures rise and it feels hotter. On the hottest days, it can get to the 90s and 100s of degrees in Fahrenheit. The difference between room temperature is about 20 to 30 degrees. This again is perfect because we already pegged the really cold temps by the same amount. Such that on our scale, +36′ in decimal and +30′ in dozenal is reported as dangerously hot.
To Clothe or Not To Clothe
Remember the point of setting the 0′ value at comfortable temperature is to inform us at a glance whether we should wear more layers or less layers. When the temp on our scale is positive, it means it is warmer, and so we should consider removing extra layers of clothes. A few degrees up would indicate that a long sleeve shirt is fine. As it goes higher into +20s and +30s, just a short sleeve shirt, short pants or skirt would suffice.
On the other hand, when the thermostat reads into the negative numbers, we should consider wearing more clothes. A few degrees below zero would mean that a light jacket is reasonable. As it gets colder into the -20s and -30s, it starts to be freezing cold. Then multiple layers of clothes, including a thick jacket is highly recommended. You may even expect it to snow when it reaches -30′ on our dozenal temperature scale.