If you have ever worked in an office, it is very likely that you have experienced a temperature and thermostat war. Some people think the office is too hot while some want the temperature lowered and it becomes a never-ending debate.
No matter what side you are on, it is clear that temperature has a huge bearing on productivity. The cold makes us slow, while higher temperatures make us uncomfortable.
While there is no single temperature that is regarded as the best for offices, many bodies have done studies and made recommendations.
Many of them recommend a temperature of around 22 degrees Celsius. They also recommend a humidity of 20 to 60% to avoid the air being too dry or too humid.
Do note that these values can change depending on where your office is located as well as the season.
In the morning, you want the office brought to a comfortable temperature, and you want the temperature to be lowered in the afternoon. A ventilation and heating system such as a heat recovery system provides both ventilation and heating while also saving a lot of money on energy bills.
A heat recovery system removes air from a building to keep it ventilated and extracts heat from the expelled air to heat the incoming air. Some mechanical heat recovery systems can also cool your office when the temperature gets too high, and these are the systems many experts recommend.
Because of factors like office size, you need to get in touch with experts so they can find systems that will be the right size for your office.
Companies like BPC Ventilation Ltd will come to your office so they can recommend the right system, and they also offer installation services in addition to selling you the heat recovery system.
Cooling an office goes hand in hand with ventilating it, and this is why a heat recovery system works so well. If you do not have one or the budget to install one, you can always go with fans. Fans are great for ventilation and cooling a room.
The obvious downside of using a fan is that you do not get temperature control. You can adjust the fan’s speed, but that is as much as you can do.
A humidifier can cool an office by adding water vapour to the air. A humidifier is great in places that have dry heat which can be incredibly annoying. Humidifiers can also be combined with scents to make the office more pleasant.
The ideal temperature in an office is a debate that has been going on for a long time. To avoid this war from coming to your office, you have to find ways to keep it cool, but not too cold or too warm.
Fortunately, you do have some options in this regard, and you can explore them to see which would work best for your office and situation.