The modern day office isn’t what it used to be. As one of the most widely used commercial environments, the office has to be healthy, cool and comfortable to ensure the workers within can be as productive as possible. According to a recent study, the presence of stale air within the office environment can actually reduce the efficiency of workers’ brains by up to 50%. This stat proves a stuffy office can have more of an impact on performance than first thought.
As leading providers of air conditioning, heating and ventilation, we know a thing or two about creating the best working conditions for employees up and down the country. Whether you are looking to upgrade your office air con system or are installing air conditioning from scratch, we can help you avoid the stuffy conditions that bring productivity to a halt. Read on to discover our top tips for transforming your stuffy office into a cool and comfortable work space.
Enhance air flow and quality
Limited or non-existent air flow are the primary causes of stuffy conditions. By improving air flow you can not only enhance comfort levels but boost air quality so your workers remain healthy and productive throughout the day. The Institute for Integrative Healthcare offers some handy advice for improving air quality within office environments:
“The EPA recommends three basic strategies to improve indoor air quality: source control, ventilation improvements and air purification. By making a concerted effort toward each of these three strategies, you could find yourself and your clients breathing clean, fresh air – even during the winter.”
Dust and dirt, heater emissions, cleaning agents, and even the materials and furnishings that make up your office building have a direct impact on air quality and air flow. By following the advice from the Institute for Integrative Healthcare and working to lower emissions, uphold high levels of cleanliness, use only non-toxic cleaners, and ventilate the space (particularly during office upgrades) you can minimise your workforce’s exposure to these pollutants effectively.
Embrace a more active office culture
Employees working in the average office environment have a number of health complaints. The stress, long hours, and sedentary nature of office work can affect employees both physically and mentally. Combine this with the average stuffy office environment and the typical office is a minefield for workers of all ages. Standing desks are great additions to offices with the NHS’ Stand Up for Your Health campaign recommending that workers should stand for a minimum of two hours per day. This will make the workplace less sedentary and more active.
Encouraging your workers to head out of the office during breaks is another way of improving conditions and giving workers respite from stuffy office conditions.
Solve your stuffiness issues once and for all
Instead of incorporating quick fixes such as opening windows to tackle issues of stuffiness, upgrading your air conditioning system will provide a long term solution. A cool and comfortable work space can be created with the installation of a quality air conditioning system. In addition to improving air flow and quality, a professionally installed, regularly maintained system will ensure optimum working temperatures can be enjoyed whatever the season.
Ready to upgrade or install an air conditioning system that will solve your stuffiness problems once and for all? Let us create an effective working environment for you. Get in touch with our team today to discuss your requirements.