Design an eco-friendly home office

Thu, 02/07/2013 - 08:22

For those individuals who work at home it can sometimes be tough to get in the "work" mindset. The home offers of myriad of distractions for even the most dedicated worker. However, telecommuting is a growing trend, so somehow workers across the United States are finding ways to remain focused.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 24 percent of employed Americans work some hours at home each week, and this percentage and the amount of time spent telecommuting is only increasing. 
For those telecommuters who require an office away from the office, there are a number of design and organizational options available. Individuals with an eco-friendly mindset can achieve the ideal work environment without negatively impacting their carbon footprint. Begin by ensuring that the heating solution installed in the home is effective at adequately and efficiently warming the home. By working in the house, a homeowner will not turn down the thermostat to the level he or she would if they were traveling to an office for eight hours a day. Therefore, it becomes important to ensure that the heating solution efficiently uses energy to keep the office comfortable. 
A radiant floor heating solution would allow a homeowner to reduce his or her energy use. The technology is effective at producing the same amount or more warmth while using less resources. In addition, the system can be set up in zones so that only the spaces being used for long periods of time during the work day are being heated. Instead of keeping the entire house warm, a worker can select to keep only his or her office nice and toasty during the day.