Having the right room temperature can improve our productivity, increase the effectiveness of our studying, and even make us happier. So, it really is important to pick the perfect temperature in your home or office.
There has been a lot of research conducted in hopes of determining the best working conditions for increasing employee productivity. One major study was conducted by Cornell University at a large Florida insurance company in which they tested different office temperatures and productivity, and what they found was that “when temperatures were low (around 68 degrees Fahrenheit) employees made 44% more mistakes than at optimal room temperatures (between 70 and 78 degrees Fahrenheit). The study points out that the problem is not only that you are physically cold, but also that you are distracted when in cooler temperatures as your brain is using a substantially larger amount of energy to try to keep warm. This means there is now a lot less energy for your brain to apply towards concentration, inspiration, and focus. This problem also applies if the room is above 78 degrees Fahrenheit and the room temperature is too warm. Being in a room that is too warm can make you feel tired and sleepy, as your brain is using much more energy to try to cool your body down. Without the optimal room temperature in our work environments, it can be difficult for us to relax, concentrate, complete our work, and form new ideas.
Maintaining the right room temperature can also have a significant effect in the workplace if you work in a retail or service industry, as it affects the customer experience as well. Again, the retail and service environments are one in which keeping a moderate room temperature – not too hot and not too cold – is important to maximizing employee productivity and profits. Although research has found that customers are more likely to be willing to pay more for the same products when they are in warmer temperatures than when they are in cooler temperatures, research has also found that customers are less likely to be willing to stay in a shopping environment if it feels too warm and stuffy.
IMPROVED MOOD AND HAPPINESS
The same part of our brain that is responsible for recognizing warmth or coolness in temperature is also responsible for activating feelings of trust and empathy towards others. As explained by many researchers, exposure to physical warmth activates the concept of emotional warmth. This means that when the room temperature is warmer, we are more likely to be happy. And just like a warmer room temperature can help us feel happier, a cooler room temperature can make us feel sad and sometimes even depressed.
If you have any questions or concerns about your own heating and cooling system and its ability to maintain the right room temperature in your home or office, contact the professionals at C & S A/C Services today at 727-856-4822!