If you run or own a business in the San Francisco Bay area, you may be surprised to learn that the temperatures in the office can impact the productivity of employees. There are countless studies that have been conducted in an effort to learn what the “ideal” office temperature is when it comes to employees being their most productive. The findings? A temperature of between 70 and 73 degrees Fahrenheit seems to be the most comfortable for most.
You may not give it much thought, but everyone in the office has an opinion regarding comfort. Much of it depends on age and BMI, or body mass index. Heavier people tend to get warm more easily, and those who are 50, 60, or even older seem to be affected by cold temperatures more than those who are younger. As you might imagine, most workers expect to feel warmer in summer months, and colder in winter months – it’s just what we expect, and what we’ve become used to.
Also keep in mind that humidity plays a role in comfort, and that workers often wear warmer clothing to work during winter months, and cooler clothes that breathe during warmer seasons. When the humidity level is too high or too low, it can make the office feel sticky or stuffy, while too little humidity makes the air feel colder and dry.
When employees are too hot or too cold, it can significantly impact productivity – in fact, much more than you may think. It’s been proven time and time again that comfortable employees are productive. Think about situations in your own working life, times when you were uncomfortably hot or cold; it makes performing your job much more difficult!
Ultimately, regularly maintaining and servicing your HVAC system will have a positive impact on staff, providing everyone with a comfortable work environment. At Ortiz Heating & Air Conditioning, we’ve been in the business of installing and servicing HVAC systems for Bay Area companies for years! Trust our team to help your entire staff enjoy a comfortable, productive workspace.