• How Temperature can affect your Work Performance

    One of the most painful and frustrating facts of life that we’ve been accepting is that you can’t always control the temperature of your office. But what does that do to productivity levels? How can being so cold in the office that you have to type with gloves on change the way you think in general? Or how does sweating while you read a document affect you in a work environment?

    When it’s Too Cold to Think

    Cornell University, in Ithaca, New York, did some research on the subject of being too cold in a work environment. When the temperature was around 20 degrees, employees made 44 percent more errors and were half as productive than when they were nice and warm at 25 degrees. The research found that when employees were cold, they were distracted, costing their employers 10 percent more per hour, per employee.

    Why were they dropping in attention? Because when our body temperature drops, we need to use more energy to keep warm, rather than put it to better use via concentration and inspiration.

    Psychologists have also recently discovered that colder temperatures have a lot to do with how we interact with others. When we’re cold, we perceive others as behaving coldly and in a less open manner. Physical warmth leads to emotional warmth and trust, contrarily. So it’s important in a workplace to have warm enough temperatures so that workplace relationships perform as smoothly as possible, as well.

    When it’s Too Hot to Function

    The golden office temperature for heightened productivity is somewhere between 22 and 25 degrees. Anything above or below that will lead to decreased productivity.

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    Working in an environment that is too hot can make workers lethargic and unfocused. Heat stress can cause the body to lose electrolytes and water faster, causing low mental performance and decreased motor skills. Your body will be trying to preserve energy, which will undoubtedly slow your minds, making completing tasks and avoiding errors a difficult feat.

    This is particularly problematic in workplaces where people are working in high temperatures with high humidity, poor ventilation and the use of heavy machinery and equipment that creates heat.

    What to do?

    If your office or workplace doesn’t already have ducted air systems, consider installing wall mounted split systems. They offer heating and cooling elements, are easy to install and maintain and are affordable and cost effective.

    While each business should budget heating and cooling costs effectively, paying for the right office temperature is an investment and will return to the employer in other ways, namely increased worker productivity. To discuss what air conditioning or heating unit is right for your office in Melbourne, contact Jacob Refrigeration today.

  • The Benefits of Wall Mounted Heating and Cooling Split System

    Around Australia, wall mounted, or ductless, heating and cooling systems are incredibly popular. We see them in offices, restaurants, salons and our homes, but what is it exactly that makes them so great, and how could your life benefit from having them?

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    First thing’s first: How do they work?

    Ductless air conditioning and heating units work usually in just one area of your home. There is an indoor, wall-mounted unit, which blows cool or warm air around the room, and another chamber that hangs outside the house and expels unwanted air from inside the home. Refrigerants cool or heat the air that’s being blown around the room.

    Who might benefit from installing a split system?

    Split systems are perfect for homes that want to reduce their carbon footprint and energy costs. If you live in a small home, apartment or townhouse, split system heating and cooling units are a good choice because they only change the temperature of one room at a time, and they don’t take up any floor space that you might use otherwise. However, this isn’t to say that you couldn’t install one in every room of the house. They are affordable and very easy to install by a qualified technician.

    People with bad allergies or asthma would also benefit greatly from having a wall mounted split system installed in the house. These units reduce the amount of dust, allergens and bacteria in the air, purifying the air quality and making it easier for you to breathe.

    How else can you benefit from a wall mounted split system?

    Aside from the fact that everyone is happier when they are living in a home with the right temperature, a quick rundown of some other benefits of installing a wall mounted split system are:

    • Simple and easy to install and maintain.
    • High level of cooling power that can cool even very large rooms.
    • Don’t take away any floor space.
    • Fairly quiet systems that won’t distract you while they heat or cool.
    • Visually appealing and sleek, and flexible by design.
    • Affordable, both initially and in terms of running costs. You will save on energy bills.
    • Environmentally friendly to reduce your carbon footprint.
    • Improves home’s air quality by reducing allergens.

    Want one for your home?

    Or maybe you’d like one of these systems for every room of the house? As we said, wall mounted split systems are not hard to install, as long as they’re installed by a qualified and experienced technician. If you’re located in or around Melbourne and its suburbs, look no further than Jacob Refrigeration. We have over 35 years of experience in the HVAC industry, and we supply a range of all the best brand name products. From supply to installation and even warranty repairs and after-care maintenance, Jacob Refrigeration is the most reliable company to help you find a heating and cooling solution for your home.

    To discuss your options and get a free quote, call Jacob Refrigeration today.