Want to boost employee productivity? Look no further than your commercial central air conditioner. Your AC can make a big difference in both employee comfort levels and efficiency at work. Let’s be honest, no one wants to be sweaty and sticky at work (your employees sure don’t). Besides being uncomfortable, heat can make you feel lethargic and worn out…and if you’re feeling sluggish, more than likely, you’re also unproductive. Here are just a few ways that having the right central air conditioner (and one that’s well-maintained) in your office can make a world of difference in the work day.
Provide a Healthy Environment
Many occupational health sources report that a majority of adults in the U.S. spend about 90% of their time indoors and an average of 40 hours per week in an office setting. The quality of indoor air is important not only for workers’ comfort but also for their health.
Indoor air can have five times more pollution than outdoor air and poor indoor air quality (IAQ) has been tied to symptoms like headaches, fatigue, trouble concentrating, and irritation of the eyes, nose, throat and lungs. Many factors affect IAQ including poor ventilation (lack of outside air), problems controlling temperature, high or low humidity, recent remodeling, and other activities in or near a building that can affect the fresh air coming into the building. Sometimes, specific contaminants like dust from construction or renovation, mold, cleaning supplies, pesticides, or other airborne chemicals (including small amounts of chemicals released as a gas over time) may also cause poor IAQ.
With this in mind, it is crucial that any indoor working environment is protected. How?
Schedule regular preventative maintenance, seal window units and ensure filters are cleaned or replaced regularly. (When filters are dirty they don’t stop allergens, pesticides and other outside irritants from entering your home).
Improve Efficiency, Save Money
Studies show that commercial buildings consume a significant proportion of the world’s total energy supply (by approximately 12%). HVAC can account for 40-60% of a building’s energy use. As business owners are often confronted with rising energy costs and concerns, efficiency improvements in HVAC equipment become more enticing.
Today’s high-efficiency central air conditioning units not only meet building efficiency standards, but they are built with more energy savings features to accommodate varying HVAC loads. And to keep the savings going in the future, it is necessary to maintain, repair and replace HVAC equipment as needed to provide a comfortable working solution for everyone in the building.
Central Air Conditioner Maintenance with Lawes
Employers and building owners can reduce their risk of employee illness, improve productivity and air quality by making HVAC maintenance a high priority. Routine checks will reveal if any of the central air conditioning or heating systems needs repair, replacement of parts or a complete overhaul to a more efficient unit. Also, consider installing a zone air conditioning system which provides the ultimate comfort and energy savings benefits.
When it’s time to schedule your commercial central air conditioning maintenance or if you’re interested in learning more about upgrading your HVAC, please call the home comfort specialists at Lawes at 732-741-6300.