The Importance of Workplace Temperature Control

New York state’s workplace temperature. For most people, it isn’t a “hot” topic – that is, until the workplace starts experiencing extreme temperature problems that have employees alternately reaching for a sweater or a fan. McCourt Heating and Cooling, long-time provider of top-shelf HVAC solutions to Dutchess County, can help you make sense of it all. 

Workplace Heating Options

Under normal circumstances, a commercial building’s HVAC usage represents the highest energy expense. Thus, it’s critical that a workplace consult with local HVAC experts to install the most efficient, budget-friendly system. Three of the most common solutions are: 

  • VAV system with packaged rooftop unit (VAV + RTU): this type of system is ideal for single-story workspaces that have a large rooftop area in proportion to their indoor floor space
  • Chiller-based system: this setup is commonly employed for multi-story buildings, and is typically more efficient than a VAV system. This is mostly due to the fact that the system can be consolidated into a single chiller, as opposed to several separate units (as is often needed for a VAV system). 
  • Water-source heat pump system: of the three systems mentioned here, this is usually the best in terms of versatility and energy efficiency. Just like a standard A/C unit, this system is based on the refrigeration cycle, but it offers reversible operation – a big advantage.

How To Make Workplace Heating More Efficient

Since it’s highly unlikely you’d ever get a consensus as to the ideal temperature in your workplace, your office’s collective energy is best put towards making the heating more efficient. Some of the best ways to do this include:

  • Installing a programmable thermostat: being able to increase/decrease room temperature automatically, as well as set the temperature to different levels based on time of day etc., provides a big efficiency boost
  • Upgrade existing equipment: it’s normal for a business to try and wring every last second out of an HVAC system – but if your workplace is still on an older system, upgrading to a newer solution can provide huge savings on heating expenses
  • Regular inspections: clogs, leaks, and holes can severely compromise a duct-based heating system, so it’s important to have the infrastructure checked regularly

Federal Recommendations

A workplace’s temperature should be kept at a level that promotes a safe, healthy environment for employees – and one that helps boost productivity. At this time, OSHA doesn’t mandate employers maintain specific temperatures in the workplace, but does state that workers have a right to a workplace “free from recognized hazards”. According to OSHA, the minimum recommended temperature for indoor workplaces is 68 degrees, and the maximum is 76 degrees. This range is applicable regardless of business size. Regarding humidity, the acceptable recommended range per OSHA is 20 percent to 60 percent. 

Why Invest In Regular HVAC Maintenance? 

Regular HVAC maintenance:

  • Boosts energy efficiency
  • Minimizes HVAC repairs
  • Optimizes indoor air quality
  • Extends the HVAC system’s lifespan
  • Ensures safety 

All of these benefits are easily realized by scheduling professional HVAC maintenance 1 – 2 times a year. It’s easy, it’s economical, and it’s the best way to confirm your HVAC system is working properly and safely all year long. 

When The Heat Is On, Call McCourt Heating and Cooling

Serving the Hudson Valley area for more than 20 years, McCourt Heating and Cooling can help with all of your HVAC needs. Installation, repairs, seasonal maintenance, and insight into OSHA regulations for temperature in the workplace – we do it all, so contact us today and let’s discuss your needs.