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Healthy room climate: This is important!

by Josephine Andrews
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A healthy room climate increases our everyday performance in sometimes hectic work life and has a positive influence on our health. Find out here how to create a pleasant working environment in the office and your home office to increase your well-being at work.

Healthy indoor climate: you should pay attention to this!

Most of the time, we pay little attention to the air quality in our work environment. Wrongly so, because it has a major influence on our well-being and our performance.

Do you feel caught? Here’s a little suggestion: Pause for a moment to consciously let the atmosphere of the room work its magic on you. Is she pleasant and comfortable? Is she comfortable or uncomfortable?

Sensations are subjective – this applies in particular to the indoor climate. One is too warm, the other is too cold, for example. So while one of them continues to defoliate, the other wraps himself in a sweater, scarf and hat. In the office, the following applies: You can usually harmonize the wishes and needs of the shared working environment with a short open discussion with your colleagues.

Are you satisfied with your indoor climate? Great! Then nothing stands in the way of a productive working day! However, if there is a need for action, we would like to suggest the following tips to achieve a healthy indoor climate and a comfortable working atmosphere:

What is the optimal room temperature?

Everyone feels temperature differently. Therefore, a distinction is made between the actual and the perceived room temperature. The latter is mostly individual.

Some official bodies provide guidelines for orientation based on the actual room temperature: The Federal Environment Agency puts the optimal room temperature at 20 degrees Celsius. According to the workplace ordinance, a value of 26 degrees Celsius should not be exceeded for office or home office activities. But especially in summer, the temperatures on hot sunny days can be well above this optimum temperature.

Helpful for hot summer days:

  • Shade: Put sunshades on your windows.
  • Fresh air: Always ventilate in the evening or early in the morning. However, you should (mostly) keep your windows closed during the day. This prevents warm summer air from heating up the indoor temperature too much.
  • Fans: They are suitable for generating a pleasantly refreshing flow of air. This will help your body cool down better. However, avoid draughts!
  • Flexible working hours: Talk to your manager about whether you can shift some working hours to the cooler evenings. Alternatively, it is possible to start the working day earlier by arrangement in order to take advantage of the coolness of the morning.
  • Airy clothing: If there are no customer appointments, a slightly relaxed dress code in the office could make hot days more bearable.
  • Drink enough: This general advice is even more urgent on hot days. Drinking is a blessing, so drink a lot. Preferably water or sugar-free soft drinks.

If the room temperature rises to more than 35 degrees Celsius, the room is usually no longer suitable for concentrated work. An air conditioner can help in the office – in the home office, for example, mobile air conditioners could improve the room climate on days like this.

However, the following principle applies here: The distance between the device and you should be as large as possible and nobody should stand in the draft. Depending on the speed and temperature of the exiting air, exposure to the cold air can even be uncomfortable. In the worst case, there is a risk of colds.

Please also note: Air conditioners consume a lot of energy – and therefore have a poor ecological balance. If you decide to use air conditioning systems, it is best to use these devices as resource-saving and moderately as possible. That is, close the windows when cooling the room and always cool as needed.

What is the optimal humidity?

It is difficult to specify a generally valid optimum for humidity. A relative humidity of around 50 percent can be seen as a guide value.

In poorly ventilated rooms, the damp air can cause mold to form. The following therefore applies: regular airing removes the breeding ground for fungal spores. Especially in summer, remember that if the humidity in your study or office is too high, it is harder for your body to release heat through sweating – this puts a strain on your circulation.

However, even excessively dry air is not ideal: if the air humidity is too low for a long time, your skin can and mucous membranes around your eyes, nose and throat can dry out severely. Cracked skin, redness and even a dry cough can be the result.

Dry room air is mainly created in the winter months: Extensive ventilation then allows cold, dry air to flow in, which becomes drier again through the room heating. Especially in the winter months, humidifiers could provide a better indoor climate. Note, however, that some are considered hygienically unsafe.

Avoid drafts

If the air in closed rooms moves, unpleasant drafts can arise. The skin is cooled or even hypothermic, especially in the sensitive shoulder and neck area, the feet and the back. Not only does this feel uncomfortable, it can also result in muscle tension or a cold.

A pronounced air pressure difference favors drafts. Leaking windows and doors allow cold air from outside to flow into the warm room, especially on icy days. On the other hand, renewed seals on the windows or, for example, brush strips on the doors help. In the summer months, however, incorrectly adjusted ventilation and air conditioning systems can also promote a “draught” – these should then be readjusted by the building services in the office if necessary.

Fresh air is good

The composition of the ambient air has a major impact on our ability to concentrate. The longer we work in an enclosed space, the lower the percentage of oxygen – and the higher the percentage of exhaled carbon dioxide.

In most offices there are also a number of devices that make the air “thicker” – copiers, printers, PCs, screens or even scanners.

So before you sit out in “stale” air, we recommend frequent airing with the windows wide open. Intermittent ventilation is better than permanently tilted windows, since a more intensive exchange of air takes place here. Cross ventilation is even better – open the windows and doors on the opposite side.

Remember: the effectiveness of ventilation depends on the weather. Efficient air exchange only takes place when the temperatures inside and outside are different, or when it is windy.

Plants for a healthy indoor climate

Indoor plants are good for the subjective feeling and the room climate. They “breathe” in carbon dioxide and “breathe” out fresh oxygen – they thus contribute to a healthy indoor climate. Houseplants also regulate the humidity in their environment. Some plants, such as the rubber tree, also filter harmful substances from the air.

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