In most commercial environments, office air conditioning is key to keeping the workplace cool and comfortable all year round. Despite the benefits, people have reported a number of disadvantages – particularly how air conditioned spaces can affect your health. However, many of these concerns are the result of poorly maintained air conditioning units. In fact, there are many mistakes people make with air conditioners.
Having an up-to-date, fully compliant and well-maintained system in place can reap a number of rewards. These include heightened productivity as well as improved health and well-being.
As a leading installer of office air conditioning, we are proud to design and fit proven quality products from the best manufacturers to help our clients enjoy the health benefits below.
Relieve respiratory issues
Respiratory issues affect individuals across the UK. Asthma is one of the most common respiratory conditions, and can have a particularly debilitating effect on sufferers’ lives. Asthma UK explains the impact of asthma:
“Imagine being paralysed by fear as you struggle to breathe, unable to speak, unable to ask for help. That’s what an asthma attack feels like. There are 5.4 million people with asthma in the UK, which means asthma affects one in every 11 people and one in five households. For a quarter of a million people with severe asthma, even climbing the stairs can feel like a marathon, never mind going outside their home.”
The presence of pollutants and other contaminants in the air can aggravate the unpleasant symptoms associated with asthma and other respiratory conditions. A well-kept office air conditioning unit works to remove these from the air to ensure your workers breathe easier as a result.
Striking the right humidity balance
The effects of high moisture content within the air are well documented. The increased humidity means sweat cannot evaporate effectively from the body and long term exposure can even cause sleeping problems. Humid air is the perfect breeding ground for mould, harmful bacteria and dust mites, which will make illness more prevalent. The effects of low humidity are just as devastating. In low humidity environments your eyes will become dry and irritated, your skin flaky and itchy. Low humidity also increases the risk of colds, flu and other illnesses.
In addition to providing cleaner air, a well-maintained office air conditioning unit will help you strike the right balance between high and low humidity.
Ensuring a perfect working temperature
We recently explored the optimum working temperatures in UK offices, and your office air conditioning has an integral role to play in maintaining this ideal working temperature. Steady body temperatures are essential to maximising productivity. If your employees are too hot or too cold, issues such as fatigue are likely to occur, making people feel less alert and less productive. Working in warmer conditions also slows metabolism meaning your workers are likely to eat more, which may distract them from work. Ensuring your office remains at a constant and comfortable temperature is therefore vital.
Want to unlock the health benefits mentioned above and more? Contact our team today to discuss your office air conditioning upgrade requirements.