The biggest complaint for office workers is the temperature. In the winter, the heat is always too high and workers have to dress in layers to ensure they stay warm outside but cool at work. In the summer, the air conditioning is blasted, so a sweater is always needed to stay warm. A simple new app hopes to make work life a little more comfortable.
Called Comfy, the app gives employees the ability to control the temperature in their own offices. Over time, the app automatically adjusts the temperatures, based on the preferences of groups of people.
"'I’m too hot' and 'I’m too cold' are the No. 1 and No. 2 complaints that people have about office space," Lindsay Baker, VP of research for Building Robotics, the company behind Comfy, said. "It’s just one of those funny things. For all of the emphasis on productivity, it’s an enormously important part of keeping people comfortable at work."
Comfy also boasts that it can actually save companies 15 to 20 percent of their HVAC bills.
"If you look at a typical office building, you’ll probably find 40 percent to 50 percent empty space at any time," Baker told Fast Company. "Maybe someone’s in a meeting and their office is empty, or a conference room isn’t being used, or a lobby space is empty. By conditioning those spaces less, we’re saving an enormous amount of energy."
The app can also serve as a mediator and compromising tool, since it will show employees what the preferred temperature settings are.