Is your office embroiled in temperature wars this summer? It’s hard to keep all workers comfortable all of the time. Indoor climate conditions are one of the most common complaints about facilities from office workers.
An overly warm office can lead to sleepiness, a drop in performance, and a greater opportunity for mistakes. When conditions are too cool people get restless and can experience reduced alertness and concentration. Both extremes are associated with complaints and grumpiness.
The American Society of Heating Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Engeneers (ASHRAE) has developed a voluntary standard for temperatures. Compliance requires the following:
Humidity is another hot topic. Dry air can lead to chronic irritation of the nasal and bronchial passages. Relative humidity below 30 percent can create unhygienic conditions.
- An average range from 73 to 79 degrees Fahrenheit in summer.
- An average range from 68 to 74.5 degrees in winter.
- Relative humidity between 30 and 70 percent.
Comfort is always a big topic of conversation during extremely hot or cold periods. Air conditioning set at 74 can feel like a sauna to some employees, while others race for a sweater at the same temperature.
Be sure to provide a way for employees to express their thoughts about environmental conditions at the workplace, and be responsive to their concerns.