You stand at the front door and check your attire. Long-sleeved shirt? Check. Light sweater? Check. Heavier sweater? Check. Woolen scarf? Check.

No, you’re not going late-fall biking or winter hiking with this layered look.

You are heading into the office in the middle of summer.

Why the heck is it so cold in most offices right about now? According to a research study by Maastricht University, the measure used to determine the ideal indoor temperature is based on the body heat of the average man. This is true in both the U.S. and Europe.

This causes some problems for their shivering female counterparts.

One New York-based media professional who has worked in midtown Manhattan office buildings for years says it’s not uncommon for most women to wear sweaters or jackets throughout the summer. “We always freeze,” she says. “You can’t wear a summer dress or sleeveless blouse at work without having something to throw over it. Meanwhile, the guys seem just fine.”

There are a few reasons that women are colder than men, according to the study.

Men are in general are a bit taller than women and also a bit more muscular, so they generally have a higher personal heat production than female counterparts. Women’s metabolic rates are 20 to 35 percent lower than their male counterparts, Boris Kingma, the lead researcher on the temperature study, said in an email to CNBC.

Also, women typically prefer a warmer workplace.

Maintaining colder office temperatures not only results in uncomfortably cold workers, it also causes spikes in energy consumption as women jump up and down from desk to wall to adjust the heat, or fix more warm beverages to compensate.

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One Massachusetts human resources professional shares this: “The temperature in our office is so cold that I think women are catching more bugs and sicknesses, even in summer, which impacts workplace attendance and production levels. It gets even worse in the fall, when the building manager is slow to turn the thermometer up. He’s a man, by the way!”

The upshot? “By taking into account the actual metabolic rate of women, a crucial step can be made in creating more energy-efficient buildings and a more comfortable working area for women,” the Maastricht study concluded.

Until then — save some room in the desk drawer for a sweater, ladies.