Hot Seats, Airplanes, and….Your Office?

We’ve all been there – you know that the air conditioning or heating system is running, and the thermostat says it’s reached the set temperature, but from where you’re sitting you might as well be in the middle of the Sahara or the Arctic for all the good it’s doing you. If this instantly brings to mind your office, or the face of someone who is always complaining about this in their office, today’s newsletter is dedicated to you.

A little trick I learned…

One of my favorite parts of this job is getting the opportunity to go into other places of business and seeing what makes them special. About 20 years ago, I was invited to a heating and air conditioning shop in Absecon New Jersey to talk about air balancing. I met with the owner to go over a job and as we talked I could tell how proud he was of what he had done as a businessman. He was the person who invented the Hot Seat that you see on any NFL sideline in cold outdoor stadiums across the entire United States. I visited him at time when he was in the midst of developing the Cool Seat, but unfortunately that product didn’t find the same success as the Hot Seat.

While we talked about his invention and his new venture, this gentlemen said something that has stuck in my mind forever. “It’s a proven fact that if you trick your mind into feeling comfortable, hot, or cold then the rest of your body will follow that feeling.” That’s why airplanes all have those nozzles above your head to make your brain dictate whether you are feeling hot or cold.

The relevancy

Now I know you’re thinking: “Cool story, Matt, but what does this have to do with my building?” When you are talking about taking care of people and temperature, the way you distribute the air throughout the space is important. If you are going to spend money and energy putting the air through the ductwork it’s critical to make sure that air is getting down to the person at the right height at the right time. Doing this will take care of a lot of the comfort problems in your offices, common spaces, etc. This is the final product of the unit, and one of the most important parts of your HVAC system.

If you are not sure whether you are distributing your air properly, an Oliver account technician can let you know. Or you can always call me at 610-633-5372.

Thank you for entrusting Oliver Mechanical for all of your commercial mechanical needs. Please don’t hesitate to call us with any questions or comments.


Matt Williamson, Energy Specialist

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