When the New York Stock Exchange building became one of the first structures in the world to have an air conditioning system in 1903, the entire working world was transformed forever. These days, there are hardly any office buildings left that don’t provide employees with a cool respite from the sweltering summer sun.
Yet it’s always possible to have too much of a good thing. According to a recent New York Times report, a growing number of offices, retail locations and other indoor spaces are over-air-conditioning themselves to the point of absurdity. It’s not only reducing workers’ productivity — it’s wasting millions of dollars in heating and cooling systems prices and taking a huge toll on the environment, as well.
To combat this dilemma, a new technology now lets office workers, not the maintenance crew, control the temperature within their own cubicles.
According to Bloomberg, an app called Comfy connects to an office’s heating and cooling systems, allowing individual workers to control the ambient temperature in their cubicles. Over time technology picks up on workers’ individual temperature preferences to more accurately heat and cool the office space, as well.
Early research performed on an office building whose workers used Comfy revealed that an amazing 83% of workers were “more” to “much more” satisfied than before. And Comfy is far from being the only app that delivers personalized office temperatures.
This technology stands to help companies save countless dollars on heating and cooling their offices. For even higher energy-efficiency, office buildings should be switching out air conditioning filters once every 90 days and utilizing fans throughout the office space in order to keep air circulating.
As more companies turn to technologies like Comfy, it’s safe to say that going to work every day will eventually become just that — a little more comfy.
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