No one likes to work in an uncomfortable environment. If an office space is too hot or too cold, employees focus more on the weather than the actual work at hand. However, some employers avoid implementing temperature controls due to perceived cost – although poor air temperature can cost more in the long run.
Hot and Cold Temperatures
When we are too hot or too cold, our brain becomes preoccupied with the temperature. When our brains are busy, we cannot focus on working. According to the U.S. Department of Commerce, offices that are too hot lead to fatigue, irritability, and concentration problems. Cornell University found that workers who are too cold tend to make more mistakes than workers under optimal temperature conditions.
According to a study by the Helsinki University of Technology, employees work at the highest productivity levels when the office is at 71.6 degrees Fahrenheit. Cornell University researchers found that when the office temperatures are too high or too low to be comfortable, employers can pay an additional 10% in labor expenses.
According to an another study by the National Center for Biotechnology Information, improving temperature can lead to productivity increases between 6% and 9%. Employers who invest in temperature regulation will make significant returns on productivity, despite the initial installation costs.
Many employers feel as if investing in a heating and cooling system can put the workplace out of budget. However, compared to the losses experienced due to uncomfortable workplace temperature, the savings do not matter. Investing in a heating and cooling system may cost more initially, but employers will experience greater productivity and better employee morale.
If your Rochester office is too hot or too cold, contact Napora Heating & Cooling today. We provide affordable, top-quality temperature management services to businesses and residences alike.