Maintaining a productive working environment in Northbrook, Illinois, can be difficult enough without having to worry about HVAC issues. By recognizing HVAC-related issues that adversely affect productivity in the office, you’ll be on your way to building an efficient work environment. The following are two HVAC issues that can affect productivity in your workplace.
Indoor Air Quality
Have you noticed that employees miss work often? Do you walk through the office and hear sniffles, sneezes, and coughs more than usual? If yes, then the quality of the air in your workplace is a likely contributor. Poor IAQ in the workplace can result from a number of factors, such as location of the building (like next to a highway, or construction site), poor filtration within the HVAC system, lack of maintenance, or even insufficient ventilation.
Poor indoor air quality can lead to symptoms that include headaches, runny noses, coughing, sneezing, and even full-blown illness. Even just a slight headache will reduce productivity rates, especially for those who will miss work regularly because of frequent illness. Such environments are even worse for those who suffer from conditions like allergies or asthma.
While this may not represent an actual problem with your HVAC system, paying too little attention to the temperature in your office may reduce productivity. Studies have shown that a workplace that is too cold causes workers to commit around 44 percent more errors than usual, in addition to reducing their general productivity by about 50 percent. These studies found that workers were most productive when the temperature was set to 77 degrees. This number may differ depending on the needs of your employees, but at the very least, try to find a setting that works best for the majority. A compromise can be made with the use of sweaters or personal fans.
Observe recommended thermostat settings, determine what works best for your employees, and schedule regular HVAC maintenance. For more questions regarding improving AC performance, or to improve the indoor air quality in your workplace, give Roberts Heating and Air Conditioning a call at 847-272-5836.
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