If you're like most people, you have come to rely on the comfort an air conditioner brings during hot summer months. Many businesses can't live without their air conditioner! So when your A/C unit breaks, the heat can seem unbearable in comparison. When you call your HVAC technician, it may take them a few hours or even days to get parts and complete the work to repair your A/C. In the meantime, how can you stay cool? Use some of the following tips to beat the heat at work while you're waiting for repairs.
Naturally, you'll want to avoid adding any more heat to your business while your air conditioner is being repaired. One major source of heat comes from cooking on the stove and with the oven. If your workplace has a kitchen for employees to cook or heat up food, put heat-generating appliances off-limits. Encourage employees to make no-heat meals like salads and sandwiches. Or opt for microwaveable meals that generate less heat. Or better yet, call a catering company to deliver a pre-cooked meal to keep employees happy.
Avoid Car A/C
You may feel tempted to crank the air when you get in your car to drive to lunch during a work day. After all, you may want some respite from the persistent heat. However, cooling off that drastically can make the workplace feel even hotter when you return. Try to keep the air in your car off and roll down the windows for a more subtle cool that still refreshes.
Your standing fans are probably on full blast during your own personal heat wave. You can make them more effective by repositioning them at different times of day. Place them in front of open windows facing in during the night shift. This will pull in cool night air. But during the day, face the fans outward to pull out hot indoor air and cool your home. It might seem counterintuitive to not have a fan aimed straight at your body, but this technique cools entire rooms instead of individual bodies.
Keep Blinds Closed
Your business will stay much cooler if you limit the amount of sunlight that enters through windows. Install blackout drapes in conference rooms or lesser-used rooms. If you don't want to go "full vampire" you can leave the drapes closed for the hottest parts of the day and prop them open once things start to cool off.
Use the tips above to stay comfortable while you wait for your business' commercial air conditioning to be up and running again. You'll be able to function normally even in the middle of a hot summer heat wave.