When it comes to indoor comfort, the most common complaint is that the temperature is too hot or too cold, according to a new survey from the International Facility Management Association.
group surveyed 473 IFMA members as part of “Temperature Wars: Savings vs.
Comfort.” The new study takes a look at the most common thermal complaints made
by workers and the variety of ways facility professionals respond to
Survey respondents reported that the most common
heating, ventilating and air conditioning complaints they receive are that the
temperature is too cold (94 percent) or too hot (91 percent).
Indoor-air-quality complaints were a distant third (25 percent), followed by
too drafty (21 percent) and too noisy (16 percent).
percent of those surveyed said temperatures at their facility are centrally
controlled and cannot be regulated by individual occupants. Forty-two percent
said that temperatures in their buildings are zone controlled, allowing
facility managers and sometimes occupants to adjust the thermostat, and 2
percent report buildings that feature individual occupant or workstation
When it comes to energy efficiency, a
vast majority of respondents said they use a number of energy-saving
For a free copy of “Temperature Wars: Savings
vs. Comfort,” visit www.ifma.org.
Facility group survey ranks office temp complaints
September 1, 2009