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Keeping your office cool during the heatwave

  • A women drinking water in a hot office

    A women drinking water in a hot office

Created on: 29th June 2018

As the June heatwave continues to leave the UK melting, we have put together some handy tips on keeping your office interior cool during the sweltering days. 

Ensure motivation and productivity don’t suffer by doing everything you can to help your staff stay cool.

Keep windows closed

Naturally, when the sun is out people are inclined to think that opening a window lets in a breeze and therefore cancels out the hot air in the office interior. However, the complete opposite is usually true, as having windows open replaces the cold air you built up in your office with the outdoor heat coming in. Windows can be opened during the early mornings and late afternoons to let in a breeze but should be closed during the hot midday sun.

Air conditioning and fan systems

If you have an office that is prone to become very hot, then it is worth considering investing in an air conditioning system that could improve the well-being of your staff. In the first instance, you should request a survey to be carried out by an experienced air conditioning engineers – many of whom can tackle even the toughest of office installations. Fan systems are another, cheaper option and generally leave a much smaller carbon footprint, however, in extreme heat, no matter how powerful the pedestal or tower fan is, it simply cannot cool a large area as effectively as an air conditioner can.

Stay hydrated

When the weather is hot, people sweat more and therefore lose fluids a lot quicker. Drinking water will keep your employees healthy and cool. Ensure you have a water filter available in each office and that you have arranged for it to be filled up more often than usual during the summer months. Recommend to employees that they frequently put a few cool drops of water on their wrists and the back of your neck can help lower their body temperature.

Relax the working environment

Relaxing the dress code a little in hot weather can help your staff feel more comfortable at work. Your customers will be warm too, so they will understand if staff are dressed in a cooler way during the summer. If your staff have a uniform, consider a summer version that has short sleeves and lighter fabric. Flexible working arrangements can also really help staff cope in hot weather. You could offer flexible earlier starts and earlier finish times so staff can avoid commuting at busier times, and if staff are able to work from home, consider allowing them to do so during extreme temperatures. 

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