Build a better business with a smart temperature controller

If you own a business, then you're familiar with HVAC costs and issues. You may have heard of OSHA temperature regulations or other standards like ANSI/ASHRAE that provide additional guidance. But, whether you deal with employees, servers or produce, your heating and cooling costs are a great place to start when looking to improve operations while reducing unnecessary expenditures.

Legal requirements and temperature

Some owners may look to consult OSHA temperature regulations to determine how to save on costs while maintaining comfort.1 However, they'll find that there aren't hard prescriptions by OSHA as to what temperature you should keep your workplace at.

Rather, OSHA temperature regulations provide more general guidelines. Temperature guidelines fall under OSHA Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) regulations, and OSHA recommends a temperature range of 68 to 78 degrees and a relative humidity of 30 to 60 percent.2 ASHRAE also has guidelines on thermal environmental conditions for human occupancy through their 55-2013 standard.3

Keeping the temperature at the OSHA-recommended ranges doesn't necessarily have to cost you more money though. This is where temperature controls and devices like a smart temperature controller can improve productivity, keep employees comfortable, and, ultimately, maintain equipment.

Smart controls and your business

With building systems and temperature controls getting "smarter" through IoT technology, business owners have more tools at their disposal than ever before.4

Smart temperature controls mean cost savings without compromise by optimizing your building's performance and eliminating waste. Smart thermostats provide the temperature controls needed to access your systems remotely and create smart schedules.

If employees are only working from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., then conditioning the office from 5 p.m. onward is wasteful. Through a smart temperature controller, you can reduce your temperature set point during these off hours.

 

Looking long term and thinking "smart"

These types of smart systems also force you to examine your business operations and identify areas for improvement.

Consider a business owner who tries to save money by not conditioning a server space adequately. Smart temperature controllers could actually help them monitor the conditions of those spaces in real time to ensure their equipment is operating under optimal conditions.

If you're dealing with inventory that can be affected by heat or humidity, temperature controls will also help reduce any type of spoilage or product loss due to adverse conditions. Again, while there are no OSHA temperature regulations that stipulate you keep products at a certain temperature, there may be additional guidelines if your merchandise consists of produce or medical products that require storage at certain temperatures.

Managing temperature and HVAC requirements doesn't have to be a burden. By using a variety of tools—like a smart temperature controller—and employing best practices, you can improve your bottom line without sacrificing long-term business success.

1. "OSHA Policy on Indoor Air Quality: Office Temperature/Humidity and Environmental Tobacco Smoke." United States Department of Labor (OSHA). February 24, 2003. Accessed June 2, 2018. https://www.osha.gov/pls/oshaweb/owadisp.show_document?p_table=interpretations&p_id=24602
2. "Indoor Air Quality in Commercial and Institutional Buildings." United States Department of Labor (OSHA). 2011. Accessed June 2, 2018. https://www.osha.gov/Publications/3430indoor-air-quality-sm.pdf
3. "Standard 55 – Thermal Environmental Conditions For Human Occupancy." ASHRAE. 2017. Accessed June 2, 2018. https://www.ashrae.org/technical-resources/bookstore/standard-55-thermal-environmental-conditions-for-human-occupancy
4. Burgess, Matt. "What Is the Internet Of Things? Wired Explains." Wired. February 16, 2018. Accessed June 2, 2018. http://www.wired.co.uk/article/internet-of-things-what-is-explained-iot