Finding it too hot to work at home? Here are 8 ways to stay cool
Monday, 17 August · 2 min read

High temperatures can make it harder to concentrate or stay productive while working from home.

If you don’t have a cooling system in your home and you’re longing for the comfort of an air-conditioned office, there are things you can do to help you stay cool.

You can:

  • change your normal working hours — if you can work flexibly, try starting earlier in the day
  • close curtains or blinds while the sun is out during the day, then open them in the evening when temperatures fall
  • if you don't have air-conditioning, try using a fan with a bowl of ice in front of it — this will help cool the air
  • if you overheat, take a 10-second cool shower then allow the water to evaporate off your skin instead of using a towel — this will help to cool you down
  • drink plenty of water — staying hydrated helps to regulate your body temperature and keep you cool
  • limit your alcohol intake, as too much can make you dehydrated
  • if you live high up in an apartment building, remember that hot air rises, so your home may be hotter than the flats below. Consider finding a lobby or other place to work that’s cooler if possible
  • limit how much food you cook — a hot oven will warm up your home and warm you up when you eat it. Instead, try to prepare cold food like salads and sandwiches for your lunches
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