It is important for our wellbeing that offices are as calm and comfortable as possible – after all we spend on average 8.8 hours a day working there, more time than any other single activity. A great way to improve your office environment is with the addition of plants, here’s why:
The mass accumulation of electrical equipment makes hot, dry environments, but process transpiration (the evaporation of water from leaves and stems) in plants cools surrounding air in offices by up to 10°C; a free and natural form of air conditioning. When the water evaporates from the surface area of the plant it enters the air, increasing office humidity to great effect by settling it at the optimum levels for human comfort – between 30 and 60%. Higher humidity is great for us and our respiratory systems as well as our buildings; in areas of lower humidity, wood is known to crack and condensation more readily forms causing structural damage. The right plant strategically positioned can cut down coolingcosts by as much as 20%.
Think of plants as nature’s air filters. If you work in an office with few or no windows, chances are there is a build-up of toxins in the air caused Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) found in carpets, insulation or other building materials; plants absorb these toxins, as well as airborne moulds and bacteria, and instead produces oxygen vital for our very survival. Cleaner air reduces minor ailments, and therefore sick days, in staff.
Studies suggest individuals who work in offices with plants are 12% more productive and have a 12% increase in reaction time over those who don’t. There are many proven benefits of plants, another one being the reduction of annoying office noise – people claim to be less stressed in an environment with plants which is one of the reasons offices with greenery are better at retaining top employees for longer.
At Premier Planters we create beautiful plant displays to awe and inspire, and with over 35 years of experience we have established a portfolio of 100% satisfied customers. Our values are personal service, uncompromising quality and innovative design and you can be sure we’ll bring this to your project. Call us now on 01444 259 659 or fill out our online contact form to find out what we can do for you.