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Survive the office air conditioner war: what to do when the indoor temperature is too cold to work.

Posted by Frankye at On Time Supplies | Posted in Ergonomics & Comfort | Posted on July 18, 2011


The dog days of summer are here. It’s feels like it’s 105° outside, but about 30° in your office. Here are 5 tips that will keep you from freezing to death under the office air conditioner.

1. Dress for the cool temperature of your office, not the weather outside.

When you’re on the loosing side of the office air conditioner wars, it’s important to for the office, instead of the hot summer weather outside. That way, you won’t freeze to death under an AC unit cranked up to 11. Keep a comfy scarf or sweater in your office, and dress in  easy-to-remove layers. However, you don’t want your work area to look like the inside of teenager’s closet, so hang the extra clothing on inexpensive coat hooks.

2. Have a nice cup of tea.

Nothing wards off the chill of the AC like a hot cup of tea. Plus, tea boosts the immune system. Drink up and avoid your yearly summer cold.

3. Move around.

A cold office is especially rough on people with sedentary jobs. If you sit at a computer all day, get up and walk around a few times a day to warm up your muscles.

4. Get a space heater.

If the quick and easy remedies don’t provide any relief, it may be worth it to invest in a space heater if your office allows them. There are tons of energy-efficient space heaters on the market today that are small enough to fit under your desk. Check out the electric space heater guide at OnTimeSupplies.com for tips on choosing the best heater for your office.

5. Use a desk fan.

Maybe you’ve got the opposite problem. Maybe your office manager is immune to charm, bribery and the unsightly sweat stains on your shirt, and just won’t turn the thermostat down and the air conditioner up. Time to invest in a desk fan. Today’s options are powerful, quiet and inexpensive.

If you have any tips on surviving the summer office air conditioner wars, we want to hear them! Leave your suggestions in the comments or connect with us on Facebook.

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