Solutions for a Cold Office Building
If you haven’t heard yet, there has been a discussion going on about the temperature in office buildings.
To summarize, many women feel that office buildings are too cold, often having to go outside to frequently just to thaw out. Additionally, this has been linked to a history of men (who wear full suits in the summer) setting the temperature in the building.
The most comfortable temperature that each building is set to is really a matter of preference. Some people are more comfortable at 72 degrees and some are more comfortable at 78 degrees. However, there are a few things that anyone who is managing the temperature in a building should consider.
In order to be the most energy-efficient, we recommend setting the thermostat to 78 degrees in the summer and 68 degrees in the winter. Although this might be a little warmer or cooler than you might be used to, it will significantly cut down on your energy bills.
If you are having a lot of people complain about it being too cold in your building or office, try increasing the temperature by one or two degrees. While this might seem like a small adjustment, it might be enough to take the edge off and keep people more comfortable.
One of the reasons the temperature might seem too cold for some people is because the temperature might vary in a given office. For example, a window office might be warmer in the afternoon because of sun than an interior office. If some people are too warm and others are too cold, it might be worth considering bringing in and HVAC company to check things out. There are relatively easy ways to equal out the temperature to make it more consistent throughout the office.
Overall, raising the temperature in an office building can save a lot of money on your energy bills. If people are complaining of it being too cold, raise the temperature a little. Not only will it help people be more comfortable, but it can help save money and energy as well.
If you have questions about your HVAC system or the comfort level of your office, please contact us at 800-994-2577.