How to Keep Your Office Workspace Cool and Comfortable During a Heatwave

Needless to say, these summers are getting hotter, and employees will usually dread having to go to the office if they know for a fact it’s just going to be hot and stuff while sitting there. Not only that, but even the commute can be pretty unbearable, too, when it’s hot. So, as temperatures rise during a heatwave, maintaining a cool and comfortable office environment becomes crucial- you want productivity, right?

Well, it needs to be comfortable, or good luck getting any work done (the same goes for your team, too, of course). Besides, if you have a comfortable workspace, it does increase the chances of enticing employees to work at the office rather than at home (as most homes are mostly built for trapping heat). But what can you do to make your workspace as comfortable as possible for you and your team during heatwaves? Well, here’s exactly what you need to know!

Are You Able to Get Natural Ventilation?

One of the simplest ways to keep your office cool is by making the most of natural ventilation. But of course, not all spaces will have this as an option. If you’re a small retailer, then this is most likely possible, but if you are in a skyscraper, then the chances are slim to none that you can do this. However, in the case that you might be able to do this, it’s best to have this early in the morning up until late in the evening; when temperatures are lower, open windows and doors to allow fresh air to circulate.

Invest in a Solid Cooling System

All right, so at this moment, there are hardly any air conditioners that are eco-friendly. But it’s not just eco-friendly either; it’s also about energy efficiency. So basically, these pretty effective go-tos for cooling space can really rack up costs. While sure, at the moment, it might feel as if it’s worth it (it’s a heatwave, after all), at the end of the day, it’s usually a terrible decision!

Plus, think about the carbon emissions too that you, your team, and the business as a whole are creating. But if an AC is a no-go, then what else could work?

Well, a pretty good alternative you should consider would be installing an air source heat pump. These systems are highly efficient and can provide both heating and cooling, making them a versatile option for year-round climate control. So in the winter, it’s going to warm up the space, and in the summertime, it’s going to remove the hot air. They require a lot less maintenance, a lower carbon footprint, and, for the most part, more affordable than a commercial AC. At the end of the day, you’re being sustainable by going for this choice.

Adjust the Dress Code

So, what are you usually expecting your team to wear? Suits? Business casual? A special uniform? During a heatwave, it’s best to consider relaxing the office dress code to allow for more comfortable attire. So why not encourage employees to wear lightweight, breathable fabrics that help them stay cool? This small adjustment can make a significant difference in overall comfort and productivity.

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