It doesn’t take a business genius to know that it’s a lot better to be in a warm room when its wintery outside and in a cool room than one where the walls are melting from the heat in the summer.
It’s not simply a matter of comfort, although that’s still fairly important, but of creating an environment conducive to business. What does that mean? Let’s find out as we examine five reasons your business needs air conditioning.
1. Greater productivity
Air conditioning isn’t just about staying cool, it’s integral to good productivity. There’s evidence to suggest that higher temperatures correlate with a dramatic decline in both quality and efficiency over a certain temperature threshold. This means that, rather than saving money, you’re actually just hurting your own business when you don’t offer people some relief from the heat. And normalise the temperature when it starts to get cooler.
2. Attract more customers
Depending on the type of business you run, air conditioners may be essential for attracting new customers. Restaurants, cafes, book shops, or anywhere else people are expected to stay inside for a time should all be somewhat cool in the summer and warm in the winter. If not, no one’s going to want to stay in there for very long. If you’re in a particularly polluted city, the passive filtration offered when running your air con can also provide some relief from the polluted air.
3. More security
The response to saying someone needs air conditioning is often something along the lines of, “Just open a window.” This isn’t always a good solution, especially if you’re a business handling sensitive materials. Opening up all the windows and doors just to let the breeze in means letting just about anyone in with it. While this may not be an issue for certain people, you can’t really afford this if you’re processing tax documentation, money, or anything else that might be stolen. There’s also the danger of letting in various insects or other pests, which is a major problem for anyone but especially places like restaurants.
4. Less noise pollution
Noise pollution can be a major problem in built up cities. While there’s typically going to be some level of disturbance no matter how tightly you lock things up, there’s a world of difference between keeping your building’s windows and doors closed with the air con running and hearing all the sounds of traffic and pedestrians right outside the office. Working in a noisy, distracting environment is rarely ideal for anyone, so anything that can help eliminate these extra sounds is a benefit.
5. Protects electronic office equipment
Just about everyone knows that electronics like computers are sensitive to a lot of things, heat and moisture being some of them. It just so happens that heat and moisture are two things that air conditioners can take care of. The most obvious example here is the ability to lower the temperature within your facility, helping to spare electronics from the damage incurred when overheating. Moisture, however, also goes hand in hand with many heatwaves in the form of humidity.
By closing the windows and filtering air through your air con, you’re reducing the amount of humidity in your office environment, keeping things dry for both people and electronics and preventing damage from the elements. While not as direct, modern, energy-efficient AC units helps to safeguard electronics from power surges that things like standing fans might contribute to if precautions aren’t taken.
There are many business benefits of having an efficient air conditioner installed in your workplace, these five benefits being just the tip of the iceberg.
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