Keeping your staff comfortable at work is essential for a motivated and productive workplace. Breeze Installations suggest that air conditioning installation will not only keep your workers happy, it can also help you fulfill the legal requirement to provide employees with a working environment that’s kept at a reasonable temperature.
But it’s not just about your workers’ happiness. Working in an office that’s uncomfortably hot or cold can seriously affect your employees’ productivity. Commercial air conditioning will help to regulate the temperature in your office and keep workers working.
Employers Pay the Price of Overheated Offices
There are millions of reasons why air conditioning installation can be a wise move for employers.
A survey by the Office of National Statistics revealed that overheated offices is costing British employers a combined sum of £19.3 million in lost productivity during the summer months.A staggering 92% of office workers waste up to an hour a day due to the heat.
When temperatures creep up beyond 24C, the likelihood of accidents occurring increases too, according to the British Safety Council. Concentration falters in hot weather as the body uses extra energy trying to regulate its temperature. This increases the number of mistakes we make and reduces our ability to solve problems.
As well as affecting productivity in the office, there’s also there problem of absenteeism.
Air conditioning has been shown to cut down absences from work in summertime, when offices can be unbearably hot. Health issues such as respiratory or cardiovascular problems are also exacerbated by hot temperatures and humidity,which increases the instances of sickness and time off work.
As well as hot summers, there’s another reason why modern offices are heating up. Equipment such as printers, computers, photocopiers and electrical devices are adding to workers’ misery with their additional heat output.
With hotter UK summers being predicted for the future, getting a good air conditioning system installed in your premises is a very worthwhile investment.
Air conditioning installation is one of the most effective ways to maintain optimum conditions in the office. It also keeps the air free of allergens and dust and can prevent germs and chemicals spreading through the building.
How Hot is Too Hot?
The conditions within the workplace are governed by the Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992.
Regulation 7 of these regulations states that during working hours, “the temperature in all workplaces inside buildings shall be reasonable.”
While the law does not state a specific temperature at which to keep the working environment, a ‘reasonable’ temperature is acknowledged to be at least 16 degrees Celsius. If the work requires physical effort, the temperature should be at least 13 degrees Celsius.
The World Health Organization recommends a maximum air temperature of 25 degrees Celsius.
A good test of whether the temperature is right would be if the majority of your employees complain of the temperature being too hot or too cold. In which case, you can safely assume that the temperature is unreasonable.
Expert Air Conditioning Services
Take steps to ensure that the temperature in your workplace is primed for productivity. Breeze Installations is the air conditioning expert based in Birmingham.
The team at Breeze provides air conditioning installation across the West Midlands and UK, and also offers services such as repair and maintenance of existing commercial air conditioning.
Our air con specialists will ensure that you get the commercial air conditioning that’s right for your business and your budget.
Contact Breeze for air conditioning installation and services in Birmingham and the UK.