When we work we always demand cooling in summer and heating in winter otherwise “we can’t concentrate.” As adults we know how important temperature is for optimal performance. This certainly isn’t different for schools.
“When looking at how student learning can be improved, a lot of researchers start from the perspective of teaching materials,” says Shichao Liu, a professor in architectural engineering. “As an engineer in building services, I know indoor environmental quality is a big factor that affects people’s comfort and cognitive performance.” He has just been awarded a $300,000 grant to research further, and we can’t wait to see his teams findings.
Inherently this makes sense to me. With two boys of my own, sometimes the heat pumps we put into schools seem like some of our biggest achievements. Currently we have installed heat pumps in over 30 schools, 300 classrooms, keeping over 6,000 children comfortable, and I think that is very cool (or warm).
Follow Varcoe for ways of making your life more comfortable on topics like; help with the new healthy homes standards, how to create a better sleep environment, and, the importance of a comfortable temperature in the school.
Are you a landlord? Are you wondering what you need to do, try our healthy home calculator, which will let you know what you need to do. Best of all, we’ll send you a pdf that qualifies as the statement of intent, which is valid until 1st December 2020 while you get yourself ready
Heat pumps used to use CFCs in the 90s. However time has moved. On 31st December 2019 only HFC refrigerants can be used.
Heat pumps are the most efficient and cost effective form of electrical heating.They range in cost from 3-15 cents per KWh of heat released.
Design is an important part of a comfortable home. I don’t confess to know a huge part about this apart from the fact I hate Baby blue,…. but was won over by this colour. I think it’s teal? Find out more here about design, colour and comfortable homes.
You’ve got the questions and we have the answers. You may have met us at a recent home show with our Pop art stand. Because of our long history in the industry our knowledge is strong but more importantly our desire to learn and build on that is our real strength. Learn more about what we know here.
A comfortable sleeping environment is essential for a healthy sleep, and your overall health and wellbeing throughout the day. The ideal sleeping temperature is 18.3C which does seem quite cold to some. Which is why we struggle so much to sleep on a hot summers night.
Draughts aren’t good for anyone. They are like wind in the home, leaking the heat and creating a irritable environment. A comfortable home has no draughts, and that is what Varcoe specialises in. Comfortable homes.
The healthy homes standards became law the 1st July 2019 in New Zealand. For some it came in very quickly and it was hard to plan and organise for. So that is where I thought Varcoe could help you.