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.