The Debate Is Over: Science Has Officially Found the Perfect Temperature.

The Debate Is Over: Science Has Officially Found the Perfect Temperature.

Researchers from Helsinki University of Technology, in partnership with the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, devoted their time, smarts and money to determine whether indoor temperature affects productivity; and if so, how? We found this information fascinating and clearly relevant to our line of work, so we would like to share with you the study’s findings and at which temperature you can be most effective!

The study begins by explaining that temperature is one of the fundamental characteristics of our indoor environment. Based on personal experience, we have all had different reactions to extreme heat or cold – too much heat makes you sweat, and too much cold makes you shiver. Either way, you’re left feeling uncomfortable and therefore, less productive than you could be.

So, without further ado, here’s the good stuff. The findings showed that temperature did indeed have an impact on productivity in a professional setting, and the magic number was 71.6°F. That was the temperature where participants were most productive, when subjected to a variety of basic and unbiased indicators of performance that are likely to be relevant in office type work. Things like resolving customer service calls and solving basic math equations; leaving out industrial workers, because that type of work is less objective and more reliant on physical ability. They then calculated the percentage of performance change – per degree increase in temperature – collected the stats and then analyzed the calculated work performance with temperature. That’s how they did it, to find the most optimum indoor temperature for productivity and comfort (of course, we’re assuming the comfort part, but it makes sense to us).

The results themselves showed that while participating in the series of ‘work’ tests, participants’ productivity levels increased as the temperature rose (up to 69.8-71.6°F degrees), and then decreased when the temperature increased above 73.4-75.2°F, showing an ideal productivity level when the temperature was 71.6°F. It’s a pretty cool thing to be able to learn these things about the human body and what helps us succeed.

So, if you’re looking to be more productive today, go ahead and give it a try – but it’s also important to keep in mind that just because a temp is proven to help us be productive, doesn’t mean it’s the best choice for electricity bills and expenses. So if you’re interested in trying this trick, test it for a couple hours, and then make sure to return your temp to the most energy efficient setting you have. And if you have any questions for us, give Bold City Heating & Air a call 904.299.8684 or contact us here.

Space Heaters: Good Idea, or Energy Sucker?

Space Heaters: Good Idea, or Energy Sucker?

Are you a fan of space heaters? Some people love them, and small dogs too, those little guys can never get enough of that concentrated blasting of heat. But when is using a space heater a good idea, and at what point will it start adding up? It might relieve some of the house heating burden from your furnace and warm your immediate vicinity, but at a certain point, those little suckers will run up the electricity bill faster than you can say Chihuahua. Lucky for us, the U.S. Department of Energy did a study, effectively generating a cost/benefit analysis of space heater use, and we would like to share those findings with you, so you can stay informed and make the best decisions for your workspace, home and wallet.

So where’s the line where space heaters actually make sense?

Well, according to the Department of Energy, space heaters “can be less expensive to use if you only want to heat one room or supplement inadequate heating in one room.” So, if you generally spend most of your time in one room of the house, or plan on getting some work done in your home office: turning the thermostat down, and plugging in a space heater to warm up one small area could be cost effective. But it’s a slippery slope, because if you forget to turn it off, you’ll have one hot room, and a very high energy bill.

This is what we know, space heaters can provide some much needed comfort when your joints start to hurt, but they are not more cost-effective than central heating systems when used for larger areas. Another statistic the government shared is that, when used to heat a whole home or business, gas furnaces use 43% less energy than using electric space heaters.

So, before you consider using space heaters to solve your spacial heating issues, think about why you even want one to begin with. Are you uncomfortable with your current situation? Why might that be? A good way to answer these questions would be to give your friends at Bold City Heating & Air a call 904.299.8684. We can come out and assess your system and give you tips on how to use it more effectively and efficiently to stay comfortable all season long.

If you would like to know more about keeping your home and air, fresh and clean contact us anytime at Bold City Heating & Air. We are happy to help! Give us a call 904.299.8684 and be sure to check our list of specials, because right now we are offering $30 off a system tune-up (regularly $99, now only $69). Experience the BOLD difference.

Spring Cleaning Advice

Spring Cleaning Advice

Spring is right around the corner! This year, it’s going to officially show its lovely face on Wednesday, March 20. So with that being said, we’ve got a spring cleaning hack we would like to share with you, for when the time comes to clean house!

Being cooped up all winter, with the weather being less humid, and our skin getting dry… You don’t want us to share the numbers when it comes to dead skin cells, but let’s just say, right around this time of year, we’re living in the THICK of it. Whether we see them or not, we shed tens of thousands of skin cells every minute!!! And because we don’t see all of it, dusting and cleaning up might not be a huge priority. Well, it should be. And in the spirit of spring, we’ve got a trick up our skincell-covered sleeves we’d like to share with you.

You know how the fan setting on your thermostat can control the blower? Usually, it is recommended that you leave it set to AUTO, to conserve energy and only heat or cool when the temperature rises or falls. Well, here’s our little secret, adjusting your thermostat blower setting can aid in dusting your home!

When you are ready to get to it, and you’ve laid out all your cleaning supplies – switch your thermostat blower to ON, and then get to work! You want the constant circulation for when you are cleaning. You see, as you start dusting or vacuuming, all that dust (and all the aforementioned skin cells) gets kicked up into the air, and because the air is circulating, it’s immediately sucked into the return vent! It guarantees a higher success rate of all that dust getting captured by the air filter. Then, of course, when you’re done, please remember to switch the thermostat back to AUTO.

If you would like to know more about keeping your home and air, fresh and clean contact us anytime at Bold City Heating & Air. We are happy to help! Give us a call 904.299.8684 and be sure to check our list of specials, because right now we are offering $30 off a system tune-up (regularly $99, now only $69). Experience the BOLD difference.