Why do metals feel colder than plastics in air-con?


Question:

In an air-conditioned room, a metal box and a plastic box both have the same temperature. Yet, why does the metal box feel colder?

Answer:

The metal box feels colder because it conducts heat away from your hand, quicker than the plastic box. But the plastic is an insulator, so it keeps the heat of your hand in.

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1 thought on “Why do metals feel colder than plastics in air-con?”

  1. it is because metals are good conductors of heat than the plastics. Heat is conducted from the hand to the metal and this gives a sensation of cold

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