How having good air ventilation can enhance your workout in the gym
Many people decide to join a gym early in the year, either as part of a New Year’s resolution or to try and get that ideal bikini body before the summer months. But even with this influx of new members, competition for clients can be competitive.
If you are considering an overhaul of your gym or looking for a profitable renovation, here are just some of the benefits of adding air conditioning:
Increase productivity while minimising risk
Installing an air conditioner for temperature control can make for a safer and more comfortable workout environment. Cooler temperatures can allow athletes to train harder without suffering as much from the fatigue and headaches that can come from overexertion in a hot environment.
Clients who work out too hard in high heat environments can suffer from dehydration and heat exhaustion. Excessive sweating can also cause skin problems such as breakouts and rashes. But maintaining an ideal temperature can improve workouts for all of your members.
There is a prevalent belief that sweating more means burning more fat, so you may have to spend a little time on client education when you first install a new air conditioning system.
Of course sweating is really just water loss as the body attempts thermoregulation, so working out in sweaty environments isn’t really leading to a better, more intense workout. In fact, high heat decreases exercise efficiency, because the body is having to cope with the heat before it can focus on other exertion.
If your gym is located in an area that is commonly muggy, an air conditioner can help regulate humidity by condensing hot, moist air out of the building.
Many air conditioning systems have a “dry mode” which lets you run the AC to reduce humidity in the air without overcooling the environment.The key is to choose a unit that is correctly sized for the space and the amount of work it will have to do.
Taking humidity from the air reduces the stickiness and physical discomfort people may feel during physical exertion. This results in members staying more comfortable and feeling more satisfied with their workout.
Improve air quality
Nearly every air conditioning system includes air filtration. This means you can actively purify the air in your gym while controlling the temperature.
Air filters can remove dust particles, pollen, pet fur, mites, and bacteria, leading to a healthier working environment for your staff and a cleaner workout space for your members.
Changing filters can require minimal maintenance and is usually very inexpensive. You can purchase cheap disposable filters or longer-lasting environmentally friendly filters that are meant to be rinsed and reused but if you are unsure contact one of our experts today.
How much will it cost?
If your gym occupies an older building that has not been renovated, the most cost effective way to add air conditioning may be to install an energy efficient heat pump. These systems move thermal energy from colder environments to warmer ones in the winter, but they can also be reversed in summer to provide air conditioning.
HVAC systems allow for both air conditioning and heating and can be 80 per cent more efficient than your current heating system if you are using an electric heater or a boiler that is more than 20 years old. This means that installing a new system and increasing the benefit you offer to members can actually save you money.
If you are a business owner you are probably always searching for any competitive advantage. Offering air conditioning to your members is a great benefit that will be popular for years to come.
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