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75F Ends All Thermostat Wars

Jun 14, 2017 1:00:00 PM

Some office workers swelter in the summer due to poor building airflow

It's summer! Hooray! It's time for your office air conditioning to either make you shiver in your summer clothes or not cool you enough when that blazing afternoon sun hits.

It's the time of year when you might have to keep a sweater, jacket or scarf at your desk in case the air conditioning is relentless. Our prayers are with you if you sit under a cold air vent. If you run hot, either a fan or co-workers who don't mind you going shirtless once in a while could be necessary.

Many offices' HVAC systems are asked to attempt to suit the needs of co-workers with a mix of air temperature comfort preferences while others are just set to one common temperature (e.g., 72 degrees Fahrenheit) by facility managers, hoping for the best and maybe hoping to save energy.

As a result, Office Thermostat Wars ensue!

Recently, the Minneapolis Star Tribune published an article about "How to Win the Office Thermostat War," but they forgot about one key element: 75F! — The hometown, award-winning talent disrupting the building controls space and putting an end to thermostat wars!

However, this "Game of Thrones" spoof by College Humor, called "Why Summer Is Women's Winter" was rightly referenced. For more fun, check out our Top 5 Reasons to Break Up with Your Thermostat!

75F smart building controls can provide comfort to everyone in your office. Our smart HVAC and smart thermostat solution significantly improves air quality, fixes HVAC inefficiencies and boosts HVAC energy savings by 30% to 50%. It's all accomplished by taking advantage of the many opportunities being developed with the Internet of Things and cloud computing in the 75F workshop; check out The Internet of Comfort white paper for details.

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75F building intelligence enables facility managers to monitor and control entire HVAC systems through our proprietary "Facilisight" app. Our automated building controls solution meets the air quality and temperature needs of every individual space within a building.

Office productivity, air quality and comfort just got a shot in the arm! Several scientific studies show significant productivity and cognitive ability gains among employees when they are in comfortable environments with superior indoor air quality.

In 2004, a Cornell University study linked warmer temperatures to fewer typing errors and higher productivity. Researchers exposed office workers to varying temperature environments over the course of a month and recorded both the time spent typing and time spent correcting errors.

The Results:

  1. Typing errors decreased by 44% and output increased by 150% when the office temperature was increased from 68 to 77 degrees.
  2. This suggests raising the office temperature to a more comfortable thermal zone can save employers about $2.00 per worker, per hour.

In 2015, the Leesman Index Survey of nearly 136,000 respondents identified temperature control as one of the top three most important features of an effective workspace, along with the quality of one's desk and chair. In 2017, the data collected as of May 12 show temperature control remains a top five feature.

75F Tackles the Office Thermostat Wars Head-On

The right building controls and smart HVAC solution helps businesses significantly improve the triple bottom line, which focuses on economic, social and environmental accounting. Solving your building's thermal problems increases profits (economic), increases employee productivity (social) and reduces overall energy usage (environmental).

One type of technology being implemented in the industry uses crowdsourcing applications that allow office workers to send complaints and requests to facility managers to either increase or decrease the temperature in a space. As a solution, it's a start to improving employee satisfaction with the office temperature, but such solutions don't regulate air quality or resolve the HVAC issues that are actually causing the discomfort. They can also increase the workload of facility managers.

Alternatively, predictive control systems create individual thermal zones within an office building.

By using dry bulb air temperature, air quality and humidity sensors throughout the building, predictive HVAC systems supported by data stored on servers in the cloud may:

  • Deploy proactive, Dynamic Airflow Balancing strategies over the course of the day and night, as temperatures rise and fall in different parts of the building.
  • Employ continuous commissioning, as opposed to being set up for a standard set of indoor and outdoor environmental conditions.
  • Use the weather forecast to predict how the building will behave in the near future.
  • Prevent temperature imbalances before they occur.

So, ladies and gentlemen, it's time to put an end to perpetual winter in the office. Take a closer look into 75F smart building solutions!

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