As heat waves continue to sweep across the country, it seems like people are doing whatever it takes to stay cool. Temperatures are reaching record highs across the country, and it doesn’t seem like a break is coming anytime soon!
While we’d all love to get on the nearest plane to the beach, that’s just not reality. We’ve still got to wake up, get dressed, get in and out of steamy cars, drive to work, and somehow, make it through the day with a smile on our faces.
Fortunately, there are some ways to help make the high temperatures a little more manageable.
Here are some great ideas on keeping cool in a not-so-cool office.
Summertime temperatures can make dressing for work tricky, especially if you have to dress in formal business attire. Our advice? Dress in layers and wear a short sleeve shirt under your suit jacket so you can shed the jacket when appropriate. Men, you might not have the luxury of wearing short sleeves, but there are ways to stay a little cooler. Brush up on your fabric knowledge because the materials you wear can play an important role in maintaining a cooler body temperature. Avoid heavy materials (like wool), instead opting for ‘breathing’ fabrics such as silk, tropical wool, linen or poplin. And if your suit is feeling a little tight, best to go buy another. Tighter clothing can make even the ‘coolest’ of clothing feel stifling.
Keep Your Windows Closed
It might seem natural to run to open the window if you’re hot but doing so can actually cause an adverse effect. If the temperature outside is too warm for your liking, opening the windows just lets that warm air inside, which you obviously don’t want. Encourage others to open and close outside doors quickly to allow the cooler inside air to stay inside and the warmer outside air to stay outside. If possible, opening windows during the evening can be a great idea as the evening air can often be 10-20 degrees cooler, helping the morning temperatures to start off cooler and of course, the company to save some cash on the electric bill.
Drink water, more water and more water. On an average day, it’s suggested to drink at least eight 8-oz. glasses of water a day. When it’s hot outside and you find yourself glowing (sweating profusely) on a regular basis, you should attempt to double that intake. The hotter it is, the more we sweat. The more we sweat, the further we go on the road to dehydration. If you feel yourself getting lightheaded or excessively thirsty, don’t ignore your body’s cry for water. Keep a bottle of water handy and sip on it regularly throughout the day. Starting out with a big glass of water can get your body on the right track and help avoid hints of dehydration.
Turn Off Unnecessary Electronics
It might seem to like a small detail but turning off unnecessary electronics can make a big difference in the room temperature, especially if you’re in a small office with a lot of equipment. Turning off a few unused items can help keep the room a few degrees cooler, as well as shave a few dollars off the electric bill.
Thankfully, there’s no shortage of personal fans available so if your office is regularly too warm for your liking, investing in one can be a great decision. Unfortunately, there are quite a few on the market, and if you’re not careful, you can buy one that’s too expensive and actually makes your office warmer (by the heat emitted) instead of cooler. Check out this post on Gizmodo. It gives a few tips to remember when buying a fan and gives their top recommendation for a cool $25.
As an employer (especially for small business owners), the summer months can be a bit stressful. The temperature is rising daily, employees are complaining that it’s too hot, and all you see is your electric bill rising. It’s a valid concern, especially if you’re a small business when every dollar counts. But luckily, there are a few ways to manage expenses. Make sure you are budgeting well. Winter and summer months can be costly, but gaining control of your heating and cooling helps you to budget more accurately. For example, Volunteer Energy helps you do this by offering differing pricing options that work best for your individual business. You can choose the rate that works best for you, and consequently, will help you budget better for extreme seasons.
Summer months can be challenging for both employees and employers. The heat is exhausting and draining, and if we’re not careful, can lend everyone to be a bit draggy and unmotivated.
However, there are ways for both employers and employees to stay cool in the summer months. If you have other, creative ways to stay cool, leave us a comment and share your great idea!