It’s no secret that satisfied employees contribute to the success of a company, but satisfaction come in more ways than just Salary, Holidays and Bonus’. The working environment plays a detrimental role in the productivity output of employees, air temperature and quality being a key factor in that environment.
A report from the Facilities Management Journal states that for nearly 3 in 10 office workers, there was between 10-30 minutes every day of inefficient working time due to uncomfortable office temperatures.
Of all of the reported complaints during the survey, the report states that office temperature (either too hot or too cold) are always at the top of the list).
- Energy Efficient. Replacing traditional heating systems could have a significant impact on the bottom line of your business, with Air Conditioning being a far more energy-efficient way of heating and cooling the workplace. Furthermore, the cost of installation of Air Conditioning units is not extremely high.
- Air Quality. Modern Air Conditioning systems are extremely effective at filtering out dust and allergens that travel through the air. For any employees with respiratory conditions, the introduction of an Air Conditioning system can have a positive impact on productivity and output.
- Ability to Control Temperature! One of the prime benefits of an Office Air Conditioning system is the ability to either Heat or Cool the environment, with fresh, clean air. So if you’re sat in the office in December, you can quickly and efficiently warm the environment or conversely, if you’re sweltering hot in July, you can quickly coll the environment.
- Equipment Temperature. Nearly all offices will have computer equipment of some sort and more advanced businesses may have their very own server room. These critical pieces of equipment should always be kept at a cool temperature to allow for optimal processing. Air Conditioning is just one of the most effective ways to keep this equipment at the right temperature year-round.
There is a specific law that sets out the Workplace conditions employers must follow for the safety of employees. Regulation 7 of this Act is specific to the temperature, stating that; “During working hours, the temperature in all workplaces inside buildings shall be reasonable.”
UK Law states that “the temperature in ‘workrooms’ should normally be at least 16°C or 13°C if much of the work involves rigorous physical effort.” Maximum temperatures are not given as HSE looks across all sectors, and in instances such as foundries or glass works the temperatures are naturally going to be significantly high.
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