With so much to do and so little time to do it in, everyone wants to boost their productivity.
We’re sure you’ve heard of the usual list of productivity-boosting methods, like:
...but have you heard of changing the temperature?
That’s right, simply setting your thermostat to 71.6 °F could help boost your productivity.
Not convinced? We’ll explain the details below.
Researchers from Helsinki University of Technology decided to conduct a study on if (and how) temperature affects productivity.
Their findings showed that temperature did impact productivity in a professional setting and that participants were most productive when the temperature was 71.6°F.
While participating in a series of tests, participants’ productivity levels increased as the temperature rose (up to 69.8-71.6°F degrees), and then decreased when the temperature increased above 73.4-75.2°F, showing an ideal productivity level when the temperature was 71.6°F.
This finding is backed by another research study published in the journal, PLOS Medicine.
This study involved 44 college students during a heat wave, some living with AC and some without AC. These students participated in a series of cognition tests for 12 days.
Students without AC performed worse than those who had AC, showing that temperature affects cognitive function. This study also mentions an optimal temperature range of 71.6°F- 73.4°F.
The bottom line: Temperature does affect productivity, and 71.6°F may be the ideal temperature for productive cognitive behavior.
Note: OSHA also recommends setting the temperature around this benchmark, somewhere between 68 and 76 degrees Fahrenheit.
Have a lot to do around the house and want to try this temperature hack?
Go for it! Just know that this will probably mean higher utility bills—unless you remember to adjust the temperature back to normal when you're:
Our tip? Install a smart thermostat.
Regardless of whether you'll try the 71.6° temperature hack, a smart thermostat will help you save money all year long.
Smart thermostats allow you to set different temperature schedules throughout the day, saving you money and keeping you comfortable.
Let’s say it’s winter time, and you want to save on heating costs by keeping the thermostat set to a low temperature while you're away, but you want your home to be 71.6° by the time you get there.
A smart thermostat would allow you to program your temperature settings so that you save money on heating while you’re gone, but the temperature automatically adjusts to reach 71.6° by the time you get home.
Save time, money, and ensure your home is at a productivity-boosting temperature as soon as you get there.