How Heating Affects Employee Productivity

January 13 2021

James Patten


Temperature has a big impact on employee productivity. It doesn’t matter if you own a warehouse, factory, office or other commercial or industrial space; heating is essential for staff to be productive and to feel comfortable while at work. This is why industrial heating systems are so important.

In this article, we’re taking a look at how hot and cold temperatures impact employees and how the right HVAC system can reduce absenteeism in the workplace, leading to more productive businesses.

Impact of High and Low Temperatures in the Workplace

While there are specific zones in your warehouse or factory floor that need to stay cold (for example, refrigeration sections), the same can’t be said of the areas your employees work in. Cooler temperatures tend to make people more distracted because they have to spend more energy trying to stay warm and are less able to focus on the job – this can lead to more mistakes in the workplace.

On the other hand, if it’s too warm, people are more likely to feel sluggish and tired, not to mention irritable. And excess heat can lead to heat stress, which can be harmful for your employees’ health.

It’s also important to note that humidity can be an issue, since it may lead to health conditions. For example, low levels of humidity can cause dry skin and discomfort, while higher levels of humidity lead to mould and mildew.

If a workplace is too hot or cold, your staff are more likely to fall ill, and absenteeism costs businesses a lot of money every year in the UK. However, a workplace with a well-balanced temperature can boost productivity and reduce the number of people who get sick.

The Ideal Temperature

Just as colder temperatures affect wellbeing and productivity in the workplace, so does excessive heat. The UK’s Health and Safety Executive recommends that the minimum temperature for the workplace should be 16oC, but there isn’t a set value for the highest temperature. It’s best to find the right balance.

If you work indoors, temperatures must be ‘reasonable’, as stipulated by the Workplace Health, Safety and Welfare Regulations 1992.

The ideal working temperature is believed to be 22oC, so workplaces must be heated just right for people to be comfortable, and perform well. However, it’s crucial to keep in mind the different working environments. 22oC might be more appropriate for the office, but jobs that require a lot of physical work will probably benefit from lower temperatures than that. The same applies for jobs where protective equipment is necessary, like factories and hospitals.

Employers must analyse the workplace and understand the needs of their employees in order to set the right temperature.

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How Can You Establish the Right Temperature?

The answer is simple. Make sure that you have a heating or cooling system in place to stabilise the working temperature and to prevent it from fluctuating throughout the day.

If your office is too cold, warm air heating can help your employees to remain comfortable and productive. If you work in a cold garage, our commercial and industrial garage heaters can make all the difference, while our warehouse heating systems are great to warm larger spaces.

We can help you choose the perfect HVAC system for your workplace so that your staff can remain productive and healthy.

Ensure a Consistent Temperature

There are a few extra things to take into account if you want to make the most of your heating and cooling systems.

For instance, make sure the heater or air conditioner is inspected often and undergoes regular maintenance. Not only will this ensure the machine is working well, but it will also prevent issues before they arise and help the temperature to stay consistent.

You should also replace air filters regularly. These filters can get clogged with dirt, dust and debris, which will damage the equipment because the HVAC system has to work harder to filter the air. A clogged filter also means that the machine isn’t picking up everything that it should, potentially leading to health issues in the workplace.

Pay attention to any strange noises as well, which can mean the heater or air conditioner requires repairs. The quicker you deal with issues, the more you can prolong the lifespan of the HVAC system and ensure an optimal temperature on your factory floor or warehouse.

At Heritage Heating, we help you maintain the right temperature with our heating and cooling systems. We supply world-class brands, like Powrmatic and Winterwarm, and can deal with any repairs and maintenance needs. Browse our vast inventory or get in touch today to learn more about our products from our team of industrial heating experts.

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