The global health crisis has changed the way people work. As of June 2020, more than 42% of the US labor force was working from home – nearly double those at the workplace (26%). When the pandemic is over, it’s expected to become a permanent change for many workers.
If you’re one of the many who have transitioned to remote work, creating a comfortable space where you can be productive and motivated is crucial. Studies by the Centers for Disease Control say the indoor environmental quality (IEQ) where you work plays a big role in your health and wellbeing, especially when it comes to things like lighting, air quality, temperature, and managing potential contaminants.
Besides adding things like ergonomic chairs and desks, many are finding that home automation to turn your work-at-home space into a smart home office is significantly improving the experience. Here are some of the ways the AVDG can transform your home office to make it into a more optimal environment.
Managing your lighting when working from home is more important than you think. While most workplaces have specific lighting designed for office settings, lighting at home may not provide you with the optimal conditions you need. The wrong lighting can contribute to eye fatigue and headaches. It can contribute to stress, anxiety, and depression.
Lighting can be controlled by automation to give you the lighting you need when you need it. With smart home technology integration, you can adjust lights without getting up and walking over the light switch, fumbling for it in the dark, or trying to get dimmer switches at just the right setting.
Lights can be triggered by motion, sensors or put on a set schedule for bright lighting during work hours and softer lighting when the work is completed for the day. If it’s not quite perfect, you can tweak the settings and lighting from the interface.
automated window treatments
Natural light provides a more energizing environment than artificial light but not if it’s providing glare on your computer screen. Tying your indoor lighting together with control of your window shades can keep just the right amount of light in your home office at all times.
Custom window shading systems with sensors can adjust atomically to the amount of sunlight coming into the room to maintain optimal lighting in the home office. Motorized window treatments from AVDG are exceptionally quiet. Custom shading systems using energy-efficient curtains can help prevent heat loss in the winter and keep your home office cool during the summer while helping manage your lighting and temperatures all year round.
Remote control allows you to make adjustments without ever having to leave your seat. This can give you maximum lighting or privacy at the touch of a button, or you can let automation handle it for you.
Did you know that the indoor temperature in your workspace can play a big role in your productivity and performance? It’s true. Researchers say that the impact of the room temperature where you work has a bigger impact on productivity (38.56%) than any other single environmental factor.
If your home office to hot or too cold, it can lead to discomfort. Automating your climate control lets you manage your thermostat remotely to maintain the ideal temperature for your home. Temperatures can be preset by schedule, automated, work in conjunction with sensors from the window treatments, or be adjusted manually.
robust audio-video solutions
A laptop and webcam may work just fine for a while, but if you’re going to be working from home for any length of time, the video, sound, and lighting quality can take a toll. A robust audio-video solution for conferencing is great for executives who need to stay in close communication with stakeholders and need a more high-quality and professional solution.
A state-of-the-art custom audio/video solution can provide a world-class communication and conferencing solution right from your home while integrating seamlessly into your environment.
Researchers are finding that people suddenly working from home are dealing with new health problems. Many have been traced to the home office environment. Studies by two health insurance companies uncovered more than 40% of home workers have reported new aches and pains since heading home for work. Working from home can also take a toll on your mental health and moods.
Subtle elements in our environment can have a significant impact on health. AVDG can create an intuitive system that can enhance your overall well-being and improve your health, productivity, mood, and cognitive health. An integrated solution can control all your essential indoor environment, including air, water, light, sound, and thermal quality.
AVDG’s wellness technology automatically responds to the conditions in your home to purify your air and water, provide dynamic lighting, and adjust other environmental elements. Customized solutions have been demonstrated to help with cardiovascular, respiratory, immune system, and cognitive health.
- Reduced airborne contaminants
- Better-tasing water with impurities filtered out
- Dynamic lighting to restore your body’s natural rhythms
- Automated thermal comfort for optimal indoor temperature control
- Ambient sound for improved mood and performance
A number of employees working from home for the first time have reported problems with sleep patterns. When you’re working in a controlled environment with optimal conditions, it’s more conducive to a good night’s sleep.
When working from home, controlling your environment is important to every aspect of your health.
creating your own smart home office
The shift to working at home in 2020 is unprecedented. It’s not likely to end anytime soon. Nearly 90% of business executives say that many or most of their employees will continue to work from home at least part-time even after the pandemic ends.
When you’re spending more time at home working, you need an environment that’s conducive to productivity and your health and well-being. If you’re looking to transform your home work environment into a smart home office, get in touch with our experts at AVDG and let us show you what’s possible.