Older adults: clothing preferences for thermal comfort in cold weather


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Escalating energy prices and widely publicized energy saving practices in the last decade have induced some older consumers to lower household temperatures during cold weather. Therefore, the effective manipulation of clothing warrants consideration in maintaining thermal body comfort. The purpose of this research was to determine the clothing preferences of elderly consumers indoors during cold weather. Four hundred and fifty questionnaires were administered at three locations. Results from the study revealed that comfort was the most significant factor in selecting warm clothing. Although the respondents had implemented the effective use of clothing to achieve thermal comfort, the use of supplemental heat, and control of thermostat setting for heat was more prevalent. Suggestions and recommendations are made for practitioners who would address the issues of clothing for thermal comfort and energy conservation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)187-195
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Consumer Studies & Home Economics
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jun 1993

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