We all know intuitively that temperature has a direct impact on our mood. This fact is reflected by the expressions we use to refer to tumultuous states of mind: “roving”, “white-hot”, “steaming” and so on.
The Psychological Effects of Air Conditioning
The feeling is all too familiar: The temperature is too high (or too low) and we become frustrated and easily irritable.
It’s no wonder that many people in the past spent considerable time trying to find a way to control temperature. For instance, Roman emperor Elagabalus had snow brought to his garden during summer in order to stay cool during the summer. However, it wasn’t until the mid-20th Century that Air Conditioners became commonplace in American households (you can read the entire story here).
Angry Drivers and Moody Pitchers
Science shows that temperature (particularly high temperature) has a substantial effect on our mood. For example, research shows that in hot days drivers are more likely to honk their horns at other cars if they don’t have air conditioning. Some studies even suggest that baseball pitchers throw more aggressively during hot months! The title of the study is to good not to be shared: “Temper, Temperature, and Temptation: Heat-Related Retaliation in Baseball.”
Benefits of a Pleasant Temperature
According to a recent study, most people seem to agree that 70 degrees Fahrenheit is the best temperature to promote a pleasant mood. However, this mark is fuzzy, so feel free to adjust it as you see fit. The benefits of being in a place where the temperature feels just right are multiple:
- Better mood
- Improved creativity
- More sociability
- Enhanced analytical thinking
Some Cool Tricks
In addition to your AC system, there are some psychological hacks you can use to feel more at ease when you are indoors. We feel slightly cooler when we are in a place with many cool colors, like blue or green. Conversely, we tend to feel warmer when we are in a setting where hot colors, such as red or orange, dominate.
There are other tricks you can use to manage the temperature in your house. Choosing energy-efficient window treatments and placing ventilators strategically can significantly improve your comfort.
Get Assistance From the Experts!
At Zero Heating AC & Refrigeration we know the importance of Air Conditioning. We install, repair, maintain and replace equipment and service all brands of air conditioning. We offer dependable service delivered with the utmost professionalism.
We’re located at 4142 Hickory Sun, San Antonio, Texas. Contact us today using our website or through our social media accounts on Facebook and Twitter and to schedule a repair or to get an estimate. We also offer financing plans for your convenience!