All business owners and executives understand that providing a comfortable working environment to employees is a key part of maintaining good office productivity. However, boiling summers and freezing winters can make it difficult to do so. The positive news is that there’s a simple solution to this problem: air conditioning. A well-maintained HVAC system can help you create a healthy and comfortable workplace environment for your staff. You don’t need to be a genius to understand that people perform to the best of their abilities when they’re comfortable and happy, and high productivity is what every employer wants.
Over the course of this blog, we’ll list some ways how air conditioning can improve workplace productivity.
A Stable Temperature
One way of making the workplace comfortable to work in, and keeping your employees productive, is to maintain a stable temperature. According to a study conducted at the Helsinki University of Technology Laboratory of Heating, Ventilating and Air Conditioning, the optimal temperature for a typical office is a shade over 71o Fahrenheit and anything below or above it can have an impact on employee productivity. Of course, the weather also needs to be taken into account when setting the temperature. For instance, 71o Fahrenheit is the best temperature for optimal productivity during the summer whereas 77o Fahrenheit is best for winter.
Humidity & Temperature Control
A HVAC system that’s equipped with a configurable thermostat can help in making your employees feel happier and more comfortable in the office. Having controllable temperature and thermostat can not only boost workplace productivity, but it can also improve employee morale.
When it comes to humidity, a level of around 40% is optimal for workplace performance and productivity. With that being said, setting the temperature between 80 to 84 degrees on low humidity can create quite a comfortable environment. You can have a humidifier incorporated into the HVAC to provide relief when humidity is high.
Prevents Health Problems
Having the humidity and temperature levels just right in the office can help you prevent health issues from occurring, reduce the number of sick days taken by employees, and thereby enhance office productivity. For instance, if the workplace is too cold, your employees can end up contracting the “sick building syndrome”, in which the cold temperature can cause dry eyes, dry skin, and irritate the respiratory system.
On the other hand, high temperatures can cause your employees to get dehydrated because of excessive sweating, and extremely high temperatures can even lead to a heat stroke or severe heat rash.