Residents of Sarasota, Florida, are happy to have winters that are envied by many in other parts of the country. However, it does get cold enough to require the use of the heating system. Turning down the heat in your office to save money can be tempting, but it may end up backfiring. Not only will employees be disappointed to find that their office isn’t warm enough, but their productivity — and your profit, can take a hit as well. If you’re looking to increase productivity in your office, raising the temperature to a comfortable level will have a more positive impact on your finances than turning down the heat. Here’s how your office can benefit when employees keep warm and comfortable.
Temperature and Productivity
Discomfort is distracting, and few things are less comfortable than being too warm or too cold. This isn’t just an issue that is fixed by throwing on a sweater or putting a small fan on an employee’s desk; if the office is not kept at a moderate temperature, everyone’s productivity will suffer. A study conducted by Cornell University has proven that office workers are most productive when the temperature in the office is right around 77 degrees Fahrenheit. At this temperature, typing errors plummet and typing output improves when compared with errors and output at a lower office temperature.
Maintaining Efficient Temperature Control
But won’t raising the temperature raise your utility costs as well? Follow recommended thermostat settings for the most efficient use of your thermostat. In the winter months, a temperature of about 68° F is usually ideal, and you benefit from increased productivity as well. Every degree above the recommended setting that you increase the thermostat will increase your utility bill. You can also prevent utility increase by ensuring the efficiency of your HVAC system. Improve HVAC efficiency by keeping up with preventive maintenance, installing a smart thermostat, and maintaining healthy humidity levels with an HVAC humidifier. An efficient furnace will allow you to maintain a comfortable, productive office.
Effectively utilizing your HVAC system may not be something you regularly incorporate into your plans to increase profits. However, by using your HVAC system correctly and taking good care of it, your business will benefit from increased productivity and output. To increase your HVAC system’s efficiency, give All American Heating & Cooling a call at (941) 451-5228.
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