How to stay cool working from home while it's heating up outside

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How to stay cool working from home while it's heating up outside

With the summer finally warming up, working from home could start to feel uncomfortable without cooling air-conditioning or proper ventilation.

Temperatures in parts of the UK are expected to surge towards 35C so the lockdown home-office could become stifling as the mercury rises.

Even if it cools, slightly, it’s wise to make sure you are well-prepared for any future heatwave.

The following tips from the interior experts at Thomas Sanderson will help those still at home continue to work effectively as the heat ramps up.

Take frequent breaks

In many circumstances, taking frequent, short breaks is actually more effective than taking one, longer break – especially when making sure you are cool and hydrated.

Being sat in front of electrical devices can often make you feel much hotter, so taking a few minutes away may be just the tonic for more effective work.

Get your biggest fan involved

Moving air will help keep temperatures at a reasonable level. If you want to go that extra mile, put a bowl of ice in front of it and as the air blows over the ice it’ll create a cool breeze.

Keep windows and doors open

The mix of indoor and outdoor will also be a refreshing and welcome addition to the stagnant air when too much time is spent in one room.

Having windows open at opposite ends of the house will create a cool through-breeze, but make sure you have a doorstop or similar to avoid slamming doors.

Keep the blinds closed

While keeping as many windows open as possible can help cool your home down, simultaneously keeping blinds closed can be beneficial as well, as it keeps the sun out.

Particularly if you are working in a room that faces the sun for most of the day, draw those blinds to stop the home office get heated up like a greenhouse.

Have a few cold drinks

This will help regulate temperature and also make sure you are hydrated to ensure your mind is working to its absolute capacity. Make sure it is a hydrating drink and something with very little or no sugar.

Take a shower

Having a shower is a great way to regulate your temperature. A warm shower is best because it’ll help to keep your temperature up at a comfortable level.

Wear light, loose clothing

Now that people are not forced to get smart clothing on to go into an office, it is the perfect time to wear loose-fitting, light clothing.

Laura O’Connell, product manager & interiors expert at www.thomas-sanderson.co.uk, said: “Over the summer, working from home in the heat can be unbearable – because makeshift offices aren’t made to deal with the temperatures.

“So it is important to make sure you are keeping cool so that you can work to your full capacity. The tips will help ensure your productivity remains at its peak whilst temperatures begin to rise.”

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