“Your room or office environment around you has a huge impact on how productive you are. That means the temperature in your room / office, the colour of your walls, floors, ceilings and the noise happening around you.”
Studies have shown that personnel within our man-made environments show efficiency improvements when climate control is operating correctly.
However, the results from poorly controlled environments show some truly surprising results.
Research (published in a recent HVAC industry magazine) has shown that Personnel within office environments that are operating at temperatures only 5% below the optimum level, recorded an astonishing 44% increase in mistakes!
Similarly, employees working in overly hot and poorly ventilated environments suffer from increased tiredness and lethargy, which again dramatically reduces performance.
While most of us are aware when we are too hot or too cold, white noise is a type of ‘silent distraction’ that we often overlook.
The increased cortisol levels resulting from ongoing white noise may disrupt a person’s capacity to think clearly and to retain information.
Needless to say, together with the ‘human cost’ associated with noisy air conditioning systems, the equipment itself may be suffering too!
Chillaire has been requested on many occasions to attend site to assess problems with rooms where it is too hot, even though it is air conditioned or ventilated and usually find that the system has been inadequately designed for the purpose. The system may be under capacity and is unable to provide sufficient cooling or heating, other problems can be due to poor design of the control system. Controls are just as important as cooling or heating capacity, without a proper control system, this may be through mechanical controls or a PC based software system, any HVAC system may be unable to deliver the correct level of cooling / heating or in time or does not shut down in time and you are going from extreme to the other with environment conditions in a room / office.
Any system proposed should be designed to the customer requirements and meet new industry energy efficiency requirements and at the same time deliver cooling / heating and air flow effectively, so that staff productivity for the customer is at its maximum.