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How to Keep Your Home Office Cool While Working From Home

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Temperatures are rising, with some places in the UK predicted to reach 35 degrees due to another heatwave making its way across the nation. While we all love some sun, it’s well known that our homes are built to keep heat in. So being stuck inside while working remotely can feel unbearable in the warm temperatures. 

Matt Ousby, innovation director at Slouch has revealed his best advice on how to keep your home working space cool so you can crack on with your work (and finish with more than enough time to sit outside and enjoy the last few hours of sun). He says: “While we all look forward to the warmer months and weather, for remote workers this can be a struggle.

“Our houses tend to keep heat in and become very stuffy when it’s warm outside, creating a difficult working environment, especially when many people’s working spaces are a small spare room, and working in a spare corner. However, there are ways to make it feel cooler so you can have a more productive workday”

Keep your curtains drawn and windows shut

At first glance, this might seem a bit counterproductive. But it can make a huge difference to the temperature in your room. When the sun is shining directly on your glass windows it can create a “greenhouse effect” where the room becomes even warmer and humid.

While it doesn’t stop it completely, keeping your blinds and curtains closed can help keep the room considerably cooler. Depending on where your windows face, open your windows in the evening or morning (whenever the sun is at its lowest) rather than keeping them open through the day, as having them open in the warmest hours will just let more warm air in. 

Consider investing in a dehumidifier

Many UK homes aren’t equipped with air conditioning units, and they can be quite expensive to purchase; especially when you’re only using them for the few days the UK has warm weather. Dehumidifiers, whilst not necessarily cooling your room down can still make a difference and have use all year round.

While a dehumidifier doesn’t cool the room down, one of the main things making your room feel so warm is the humidity which it can help with. They take the moisture out of the area making the room feel much more comfortable, they’re also great if you suffer from allergies in the warmer months; and can be used to help prevent condensation and mould in the cooler months.

Evaluate your working equipment

Your working equipment, especially if you’re using multiple monitors and electronic equipment can heat up the room, so it might be worth evaluating if you can go without it for a few days, or use it intermittently. It’s not just your electronics that can make a difference though.

It’s best to have a work chair with a mesh back. Mesh is a lot more durable than other materials, but it’s also considerably more light and breathable – meaning you won’t feel as sweaty working remotely on a warm day as you would in the likes of a leather or velvet office chair.

Consider a change of scenery

Whilst Slouch would always encourage you to work from a suitable remote working set-up which includes a desk and chair, if you’re working set-up is in the warmest room of the house. It will be more beneficial to work from a different room.

If you can, move your working equipment into a cooler room, if you can’t and have to work from a normal chair, sofa or bed, just look after your posture as much as you can by keeping your feet on the floor, and back straight. You don’t want a sore back from working as well as a sweaty one.

It could also be worth considering working from a cafe or co-working space for the day if there is one close by and your job allows you to, as most of them will be air-conditioned, and sometimes a change of scenery can be great for productivity and inspiration. 

Think about the clothing you’re wearing

Whilst it is tempting to work in joggers and a t-shirt, or even your pyjamas, actually getting dressed into “proper” clothes can help even if it feels like a waste while working from home.

Lighter and more breathable materials, such as linen, cotton and silk are the best options for warmer days and the most comfortable to work in, even if it’s just a linen shirt and shorts, you’ll feel a lot cooler than working in your pyjamas.

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