Remember last winter? Remember ‘Polar Vortex’? Yeah, me either.
Right now all I can think about is how hot it is starting to feel. I don’t even think it has broken 90º yet and I am feeling crabby. Maybe it’s the humidity. Maybe it’s just the fact that I am getting to that age where everything makes me crabby.
The fact is, that there is an evil conspiracy in the world. A conspiracy to make people like myself and my employees, well, uncomfortable.
See, here’s the thing. On the one hand, people like to save money. I totally get that. I do too. And one way you can save money in the summer, apparently, is to set your thermostat at 85º when you aren’t home. Like, if you’re going to be at work all day.
The problem with this comes when you have people working in your home when you are at work. Like a maid service, for example.
According to several sources (here, for example) there is evidence to suggest that workers are much more productive when their work environment is a comfortable 67º to 74º. There’s even a formula for those math whizzes out there. Anything above or below that range and productivity starts to drop off along with quality.
So, how do we resolve this? We don’t want our cleaning crews dropping from heat exhaustion in your home and you want to save money. Both are important. Here are a few solutions.
- If you have a programmable thermostat and know when your cleaning service is coming, simply program it to turn down the A/C before your cleaners arrive and have it go back up a few hours later.
- You don’t have a programmable thermostat or, (if you’re like me, can’t figure out how to program it to go up and down at a given time). On the days you are scheduled for a cleaning simply turn the temp down to a comfortable 71º. It’s one or two days a month.
- Contact your cleaning service and give them permission for the Team Lead to adjust the temperature for the time that they are in your home.
Hopefully these simple tips can lead to a mutual agreement. You still get to save money and we don’t have to worry about an employee having heat stress.