Summertime is here again, and boy can the days get super hot. When cool drinks and hand fans aren’t enough to keep you and your employees cool, especially in a crowded office space, your first impulse may be to get air conditioning units installed. However, this can be very costly and cause your energy bill to double or even triple. You may think this is an expense you’ll have to make to keep everyone comfortable but what if there was a way to keep your office cool without your energy bill going through the roof? Here are 6:
- OPEN ALL WINDOWS AND DOORS
One way to keep your office space cool is by opening all windows and doors. You should do this in the early morning hours or in the evening to allow cool, fresh air to come inside the office. This will keep the inside temperatures low.
- DRAW THE CURTAINS AND BLINDS
Around midday you should trap the cool air inside by drawing the curtains and blinds. This will also prevent sunlight from entering the office space, especially during the peak sunshine hours and keep the inside temperature moderate.
- REFLECT THE SUNLIGHT
Installing windows with reflective film will reduce the amount of heat that will be in the office. If this is out of the budget you can opt for light coloured furniture and décor to help with reflecting sunlight. Light coloured paints for walls should also be given preference because they will keep the office light and airy.
- UNPLUG APPLIANCES
Many appliances can generate a considerable amount of heat in your office space. Switching them off is simply not enough. Try unplugging them to see a real difference! This will also significantly reduce your energy bill.
- USE NATURAL LIGHTING
You may not have realized this before, but light bulbs and other artificial lighting can generate noticeable heat in an office space. Did you know that a traditional 100-watt light bulb can increase the temperature in a small room by 11° in just one hour? By using natural light, you not only reduce/eliminate artificial lighting’s contribution to the heat, but you save big on your energy bill.
- USE PLANTS
It is a well-known fact that sitting underneath a tree on a summer day can make you feel significantly cooler. But did know that trees can reduce temperatures inside? By strategically placing plants at windows and anywhere sunlight can enter the office space, it can serve as shade which will in turn reduce inside temperatures.
Now that you know how keep your office cool without having to to deal with extreme energy bills, what method will you try first?