5 Tips to a better indoor climate

By | October 5, 2011

Note by the editor: Not a post about technology, but I felt the blog’s readers would find this guest post interesting.

It is well known that there is a relationship between the indoor climate and our productivity. Often a better indoor climate will positively impact your bottom line and if not it will certainly result in happier employees. The calculations from a Danish PhD project show that the return on investments in indoor climate improvements in offices is down to approximately two years. I you don’t have the budget to make an investment in your indoor climate this post will give you my top 5 easy-to-employ tips on how to get a better indoor climate.

Moisture has to go
Prepare your office for the winter with a thorough airing of all rooms – open your windows and doors to get a good air circulation in the office. All rooms must be aired so that accumulated moisture from the summer and late summer disappears before the cold temperatures sets in. It’s recommended that the relative humidity of no more than 40-45 percent. In October, the humidity outside is often between 60 and 80 percent. You get the best effect of ventilation when the outside air is dry – from late summer and throughout the winter.

Exhausts or vents
Get exhausts or vent in every room – multiple in open offices. This will provide fresh air and air circulation throughout the office.

Allow air to circulate
When not in a meeting and when the noise levels a low, leave the doors open so that air can circulate freely.

Same temperature
Raise the temperature to a comfortable level and keep the same temperature in every room in the office. Having the same temperature in every room is more pleasant and keeps condensation away.

Maintain mechanical ventilations
If you have mechanical ventilation, it is very important that is correctly set to your particular building – all buildings are unique and therefore ventilation must be custom programed. Mechanical ventilations can malfunction or breakdown, so they must be correctly maintained according to the suppliers instructions.

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