How hot or cold it feels in a room can cause debates in every workplace.
Extreme temperatures are bad for wellbeing and productivity, reducing concentration and work performance. Heating and air conditioning are also major contributors for energy, impacting businesses operational costs. As people spend approximately 90% of their time indoors1, monitoring temperature is essential for commercial buildings like schools and offices.
Monitoring the temperature makes it easier to set the optimal levels for productivity, wellbeing, and tenant or employee satisfaction. It also increases control over energy costs, with data that allows you to use heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) more efficiently.
One study from Cornell University2 found that, by setting the optimal temperature, they could:
Facility Managers are often flooded with conflicting messages. "It's too hot on floor 2" but at the same time "there is a draft on floor 2". It can be quite perplexing. By monitoring, you can provide justifications for work orders and requests.
Moreover, too hot or too cold in offices and classrooms can lead to various undesirable effects for the building itself and its occupants, while at the same time raising business costs. Here is why commercial buildings should monitor temperature.
1 Harvard Annual review of public https://www.annualreviews.org/doi/10.1146/annurev-publhealth-031816-044420
6 https://getasthmahelp.org/indoor-air-quality.aspx Asthma Initiative of Michigan