We all know the stereotype of offices in winter: freezing cold ice boxes, with blue-faced employees huddled up in jumpers, chafing their hands together to warm them. Admittedly, the reality isn’t quite so dramatic, but lots of people do complain about being chilly at work, and it almost certainly hinders their productivity.
As an employer, it’s your job to listen to your workers’ grievances and rectify them, and in lots of cases, this will mean putting some work in to warming up your office this winter. If you’re wondering where to start, here are a few of our top tips and tricks to help you…
1: Turn it on in time
Money is often one of the main reasons that employers favour cooler working climes, so if you want to keep your workplace warmer without breaking the bank, you need to be savvy about it. Lots of people don’t realise that it’s far cheaper to run their boiler at a lower temperature for longer rather than ramping the heat up only when they have to, but this is in fact the case. Start switching the heating on half an hour earlier than normal in the morning, but at a reduced temperature, and everyone will benefit.
2: Plan your office layout with care
Although you might not realise it, your office layout could be playing a part too, by reducing the effectiveness of your heating system and making your workspace cooler than it ought to be. The solution is to carefully consider how everything is laid out. Move any furnishings that are in front of radiators so that hot air can circulate more freely, and you’ll soon start to notice the difference.
3: Install an Air Source Heat Pump for heating and cooling
We would also recommend that you install one of our own products – an Air Source Heat Pump. Specifically designed to be economical, this will heat your office space without running up excessive energy bills during the winter months, so that you’re happy to keep it warmer for longer. Suitably cosy, your workers should once again be well satisfied with their lot.
To learn more about our products and how they could help you, simply get in touch with our team today.