How to Stay Cool in the Office

Summer months can get really warm; they can get even warmer inside offices. People giving off heat, machines giving off heat or even the copious amounts of tea and coffee that the staff get through giving off heat. Office work will be hard in the summer, so here is some way you can cool down in the office.

Keep Hydrated

Keep Hydrated

Keeping hydrated can be crucial for staying cool as drinks lower your body temperature. Drinking as much cold water through the day as possible will slowly start lowering your overall body temperature and help you cool down. Drinks like coffee and tea are common practise in the office but when it comes to summer the last thing you want is a hot drink. Why not try ice coffee instead. You can keep yourself awake during those monotonous tasks but at the same time cool down substantially in the office.

Invest In a Fan or Hint at Your Boss to Invest

Invest In a Fan or Hint at Your Boss to Invest

A tactical fan placed somewhere in the office can really go a long way into being able to keep a draft going. This could be by a window to cool down incoming air or simply just by your desk to pump a cool breeze into your face. Make sure you find the right spot for your fan though. The wrong position for a fan will increase the temperature of the room and not cool it. This is because of the way the fan is positioned and the electrical power needed to be able to power the fan.

Try Short Sleeve Shirts or a Polo Shirt

Try Short Sleeve Shirts or a Polo Shirt

Some offices have strict dress codes. These could be accountancy or law firms. If you work for one of those high end industries then the chances are this doesn’t apply to you. However, some businesses don’t work on the front line of commerce and can get away with wearing a little more relaxed attire. An example being a call centre where the workers probably won’t meet the person they are selling to. Invest in a short sleeve shirt or a polo shirt, so you can maintain a smart appearance but stay cool in the summer months.

Close the Blinds

Close the Blinds but Open Curtains

It may seem a little counterproductive. However, keeping the blinds shut can really help when it comes to keeping out the heat. Although yes it adds a layer, it also combats the UV and the actual sun light from coming into the office with a greenhouse effect. To test his for yourself, try closing the blindsĀ  for a few hours during the day. When the end of the day comes, open the blinds and feel the gust of hot air invade the office. That hot air has built up between the window and the blind as the blind stopped it travelling any further.

Get into Routine

Get into Routine

This may also seem a little audacious but it really can work. Making sure you get enough sleep can aid you greatly when it comes to keeping cool as you are more susceptible to temperature when you are tired. Also, make taking your dinner slightly later or earlier to avoid the hottest part of the days if you can. Once you get used to this then you will be much cooler when out of the office in direct sun light. If you ask your boss politely and are making the time up the chances are they won’t mind. Simple things like this can really go all the way into ensuring you’re cool in the office.

Eat Right

eat right

Eating foods that are high in calories will go a great way into making your body take longer to break down food. Try eating small healthy snacks through the day to be able to really make the most out of your daily food intake. Also, try packing a lunch box rather than eating warm foods. This has the obvious benefit of being cold and not hot. If you are going to eat something warm then try to make it something spicy. Spicy foods make you sweat and that in turn cools your body. This is why you stereotypically get spicy foods in hot countries.

Size Matters

size matters

What about getting a bigger office and giving the staff a bit more room to break. A bigger office and spacing the staff out a little more could go a long way into helping them have breathing room and keeping the office cool. This is mainly as there is less body heat and fewer machines for the sheer size of the rooms. ForĀ larger office space offices with air conditioning, then browse offices to let Manchester!

Conrad

About Conrad

Conrad is a Chartered Surveyor and joint founder of Canning O'Neill