The UK is finally enjoying what can only be described as ‘Summer’. Although very enjoyable at the weekend the heat can be an issue for our working lives, especially if the office does not have air conditioning. There are a few things you can do to help cool down though, even without the luxury of air con.
Keep the blinds drawn
Stopping the sun from entering the office will help keep things cool. Sunlight shining through into the office all day everyday will create an almost greenhouse effect. Stopping this from happening for as much time as possible will keep the temperature lower.
Use the cool evening air
Opening the windows later in the evening, when the air is cooler, will help to cool the air within the office. This will obviously mean that someone will have to be in the office later but shift workers and those doing overtime are perfectly placed to help cool things down.
Reflecting and reducing the heat
Reflective window film can be purchased and installed at the office to redirect sunlight away from the office and help keep the heat down. This will require an investment by the business. If you cannot install the reflective film then placing light coloured objects near the windows will also help to reflect heat away from the office.
Large cabinets and cupboards will also build up and store heat, opening these during the day prevent this.
Home made aircon
Placing a large bowl of ice in front of a regular fan will mimic air con. The air from the fan will be cooled as it passes over the ice and cool an office far faster than a regular fan.
A cup of ice
For a more personal air con experience, fill a cup with ice or crushed ice and breathe onto it. As the air from your breath can only escape upwards it will be cooled by the ice and then directed back onto your face, cooling you down.
Turn off heat generating objects
Any electrical items that are not in use, including lights, should be turned off. This will not only reduce the heat in the room but also the power consumption of your office.
Dabbing cold water or holding an ice cube on your pulse points will provide immediate relief from the heat. It will also cool the entire body.
Change the hours you work
If you have the luxury of flexible working try changing your hours slightly. Working earlier or later in the day will, at least, provide a few hours which are cooler during the shift.