With spring's warmer temperatures now reaching most of the United States, it's time for many office workers to gather around the coffeepot or cubicle to discuss the weather -- inside their buildings. Temperature-related complaints are among the most common employee gripes, according to several studies.

What's comfortable for one person is often too hot or cold for another. Arguments over thermostat settings never go away, but they seem to be more common in the spring, when building air-conditioning systems first turn on-- in some cases, too early.

I was reminded of all this while reading an Associated Press article yesterday. The article mention that the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers suggests 68 to 74 degrees Fahrenheit should suit most people in the winter, and 73 to 79 should be OK for the summer. But what about the hot, cold or drafty spots commonly found in buildings with outdated or incorrectly sized HVAC systems?

Those of you who do commercial work, how often do you handle these types of complaints? What, if anything, can you do, since it's impossible to please everyone?

A copy of the article is here: