The effect that HVAC issues can have on workplace productivity
HVAC systems are used in all types of industry, from office based work, to warehouses and factories. But getting the right system for your business is vital for a whole manner of reasons.
When a workplace is too hot or cold because the wrong systems are in place, it makes for an uncomfortable environment in which to spend any long period of time.
This can mean reduced focus and lowered morale for the workforce and absences due to potentially severe health problems if allowed to continue.
In a similar way, having the wrong kind of HVAC system can reduce air quality, which again can lead to health concerns, especially among sufferers of asthma or allergies.
When a building has poor ventilation, it can cause condensation and damp which is not only bad for health but can damage equipment and the building itself.
According to the UK Health and Safety Executive (HSE), indoor workplaces should offer the following:
- a reasonable working temperature in workrooms – usually at least 16°C, or 13°C for strenuous work (unless other laws require lower temperatures)
- local heating or cooling (ie making best use of fans, opening windows, using radiators) where a comfortable temperature cannot be maintained throughout each workroom (eg hot and cold manufacturing processes)
- thermal clothing and rest facilities where necessary, eg for ‘hot work’ or cold stores
- heating systems which do not give off dangerous or offensive levels of fume into the workplace
- sufficient space in workrooms
The reasons behind it are to reduce the presence of factors which could adversely affect the success of your business and be detrimental to the health and safety of your workforce.
Providing heating, ventilation and air conditioning can be costly, however, so it’s good to ensure it’s completely necessary, fit for purpose, installed correctly and up to the job in the long term.
Take proper care of your HVAC system
In order to get the perfect HVAC system for your workplace, it’s important to not only have the right system but one which has been put at the correct settings and regularly maintained by a professional engineer.
When something goes wrong, problems which might need to be addressed could include poor filtration within the system, clogged or dirty ducts, or issues with the air filter which might need to be changed.
These issues should be rectified as soon as possible to make the most of the longevity and optimal functioning of your HVAC equipment.
As well as having the system regularly maintained, you should also ensure the workplace which surrounds the vents is kept clean and clutter free, in order to avoid blowing dust into the air, or stop it from working as well.
Benefits of getting the right HVAC system in place
When looking to improve workplace productivity through the right environmental conditions, upgrading the HVAC to a new energy efficient system can also save you money and energy, as well as giving you the improved air space that you’re looking for.
Likewise, having one which is custom made for your requirements, means you only need have it working in specific areas at certain times – again saving on cost and giving every chance of getting the problem solved sooner.
Clearly some locations have greater needs than others – which is why bespoke modern systems are essential to provide ventilation only when and where it is needed.
Systems which are very controllable, can be designed to suit specific applications and are easy to maintain. They’re also useful during a season when the weather might change quickly causing energy to be wasted on unnecessary heating.
To find out what a bespoke energy efficient HVAC system could do for your business, get in touch with our team – call + 44 (0)1903 733911 or email email@example.com.