March 14, 2018
Are you one of those people that can’t stand being in cold weather? Or maybe you find it difficult to focus and be productive if your home or office is too hot. Whatever your preferences may be, your response to certain temperatures actually goes beyond wanting to be comfortable.
Temperature plays a much larger role in our overall mental and physical health than we may realize--and it turns out there isn’t a one-stop solution to a healthy temperature range. Our bodies actually require different temperatures to be successful at different activities, such as working or sleeping.
As you move throughout your day (and night), how can you be sure the temperature of your immediate space is setting you up for success? To help you get started, we’ve put together a quick guide to helping you remember just how warm or cool you should be:
Temperature can have a surprising impact on our productivity. Working in an environment that has too high or low temperatures can be a distraction, at the very least--as our bodies work to adjust to a healthier temperature, it will become increasingly difficult to focus properly.
The ideal temperature for productivity is between 70°F and 77°F. Studies testing productivity outside these ranges have seen a decrease in productivity by 4% in colder temperatures and by 6% in warmer ones. It’s also been proven that being mindful of your workspace temperature can lead to 3% gains in overall productivity.
Have you ever found it impossible to fall asleep in a room that felt too hot? This wasn’t just because you were uncomfortable–it also has to do with your body.
When we’re trying to fall asleep, our brain will try to lower our overall body temperature, and this slight drop in temperature helps induce sleep. However, if the air in our room is too hot or too cold, we’ll have a difficult time achieving the right body temperature for a healthy night’s sleep, causing us to have a restless night.
Research tells us that the best room temperature for sleep is between 60°F and 67°F.
Outdoor temperatures typically drop throughout the night, which can affect your temperature inside, as well. If you’re worried about the temperature in your bedroom overnight, setting a thermostat within the preferred range can help you have a better night’s sleep.
Staying on top of the temperature of your environment can be overwhelming. Luckily, there’s air quality monitors, like Awair. Awair tracks toxins and chemicals in your air and gives you actionable insights and tips to help you stay safe and healthy.
It feels like winter weather has finally arrived this week, with temperatures across the United States dropping lower and lower every day. Weather like this makes braving the outdoors seem less appealing and staying in our warm, safe homes the better option--but what if indoors wasn’t as safe as it seemed?
We’re no strangers to eczema at Awair--many of us have experienced some form of eczema or, in the case of Ron, our CEO, have children or loved ones living with eczema. We understand the frustration and helplessness that can come with trying to overcome--or at least calm--eczema, which is why we’re dedicated to raising awareness to one of the lesser-known eczema triggers: your air quality.
Many common building materials and household products can release harmful chemicals, known as Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs), into your air. When VOCs build up in your home, they can trigger adverse health symptoms and increase your risk of developing serious illnesses. Because VOC pollution is invisible, however, these risks are dangerously easy to ignore. Below, we've outlined six common sources of indoor VOC pollution.