How Air Conditioning Impacts Productivity in the Workplace

Air conditioning can make a considerable difference to productivity in the workplace. When the staff is feeling too hot or too cold, it becomes much harder for them to carry out their tasks to the best of their abilities. By investing in a high-quality air conditioning system, you can make your team happier, healthier and more productive. More and more companies and organisations from various industries are experiencing the benefits that come with purchasing the right kind of commercial air conditioning system. And what’s more, they’re also seeing the difference that improved productivity can make to their bottom line.

Keep your team happy and focused

Staff members can start to feel sleepy and unfocused when rooms become too hot, with their concentration also being hit hard when they are too cold. Low temperatures can also make team members ill and increase absenteeism, which can cause considerable problems for your business. Not all air conditioning systems are made equal, which means some tend to be more reliable, efficient and dependable than others. It’s important to take a great deal of care when choosing an air conditioning system for your business and it’s certainly worth doing your homework.

According to a survey, 80% of office workers complain about the temperature in the workplace.

Not only does an errant temperature make the employees unhappy, it impacts the bottom line as well. In the United Kingdom, workers waste an average of 2% of office hours dealing with climate control. This can lead to huge amount of loss in productivity in the workplace.

Alan Hedge, professor of design and environmental analysis and director of Cornell University’s Human Factors and Ergonomics Laboratory suggested that “Raising the temperature to a more comfortable thermal zone saves employers about $2 per worker, per hour. Temperature is certainly a key variable that can impact performance.”

The trouble is, there’s no such thing as the ‘perfect’ office temperature. The ideal temperature for productivity is the one you don’t notice. That temperature is not the same for everyone.

To start with, both men and women tend to feel differently about the temperature. This could be due to the fact that women’s bodies produce less heat than men do. On average, women are smaller than men, and they tend to have less muscle and more fat (and muscle produces more heat than fat). As a result, women tend to feel cold faster than their male co-workers. The ideal temperature for women is often 1-3 degrees warmer than that for men.

How to choose the right air con system

There are many factors you need to think about when you are choosing an air conditioning system for your business premises. You will need to think about how you want to use your system, how many people you are catering for and where it will be placed. You also need to consider the size.

If the air conditioning system is too big for your needs, it could cost much more to run than necessary. Buy too small and the air con system may not be powerful enough to provide the heating and cooling that you require. An HVAC specialist can help you select the right kind of system for your specific requirements. An experienced air conditioning contractor can help you if you are in need of bespoke commercial air conditioning systems that meet the requirements of your building and the staff. Once you have installed an air system that you are happy with, make sure you follow the maintenance schedule so you can prolong its life.

Author: Gareth Whalley
Sharing my vast knowledge in the Air Conditioning and Mechanical services field especially in HVAC installation, service and maintenance across a broad range of sectors, including Healthcare, Education, Transport, Banking, Retail and Commercial developments.