As summer approaches, many office workers dread the thought of sweltering at their desks. One way to keep them cool is to crank up the air conditioning, but this isn't a cost-effective solution for many businesses. Instead, use the following tips to help everyone in the office keep their cool.
1. Keep Out the Sun's Heat
If your office has large, north-facing windows, the sun's rays could play a large role in heating up your office in summer. To keep your office cool, you'll need to block out some of this direct sunlight. However, you don't want to make your employees feel like they're in prison. Slatted blinds are a good compromise, as they reduce the intensity of sunlight streaming into your office while still providing a view of the outside world.
2. Don't Make So Much Heat in the Office
Office equipment generates heat, which can contribute to the overheating problem your workplace faces in summer. Turn off machines such as photocopiers and printers when no-one is using them to reduce heat production. Turn off computers overnight so the office is cool when workers arrive in the morning. Consider replacing older machines with newer ones, which typically waste less energy as heat.
3. Maintain Your Cooling System
If you spend a huge amount of money on air conditioning, but your employees still complain about being too hot, that could be a sign that your cooling system isn't working properly. Air conditioning units gradually collect dust and dirt in their filters, which can prevent them from circulating air effectively. They also need new parts occasionally. Before summer begins, have your system serviced by an air conditioning professional to ensure it is working efficiently.
4. Provide Individual Desk Fans
In any office, there is likely to be a range of opinions over what the ideal temperature should be. Prevent arguments over air conditioning by providing employees with personal desk fans, which they can use to provide a cooling breeze at their own desks.
5. Dress For the Weather
If your workplace has a strict dress code, consider relaxing it during the summer months. Allowing employees to wear shorts or short-sleeved shirts can make a big difference to their mood. A worker who is too hot is unlikely to do his or her best work, so letting the dress code become slightly more casual could be a good way to keep productivity high in summer.
Welcome to my blog which covers a wide range of HVAC topics. I'm Josh and I live in Perth, Australia. I never really used to think about the HVAC system in my home. I believed that when it was hot the HVAC system would cool me down and when it was cold it would warm my house up. However, all that changed one day when the HVAC system went crazy. It began to blow hot air into my house on the warmest day of the year. The contractor I called out said that one of the sensors had broken. He explained how I could better maintain my HVAC system so I decided to start this blog.