Suggested Workplace Temperature Settings

December 8th, 2015 | Comments (0)

What the research says:
A study by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) found that worker performance increases with temperatures up to 72°F, and decreases with temperatures above 73°F. The highest productivity was at a temperature of around 72°F. A Helsinki University study concluded that performance decreases by 0.4 percent for each 1°F temperature change above or below 72°F.
A setting of 72°F appears to be the sweet spot for optimizing productivity, even though it may be less energy efficient than 68°F. Remember, however, lower productivity can cost you as well. Assuming an average annual salary of $40,000, a 2 percent loss in productivity is about $800 per employee.
It’s important to find the right balance. People vary in comfort levels, so you may need to experiment with thermostat adjustments to find temperature settings that will conserve energy while matching the needs of your staff. Call the experts at Hightec HVAC to find a temperature setting that will optimize energy savings and productivity!