The UK has experienced a surprising spell of warm weather these past few days, so it’s safe to say that summer has truly arrived!

While most of us are well equipped for colder times, we may find ourselves puzzling on how to cope with the heat, especially during working hours.

Here are 7 top tips to help keep your business and employees cool during working hours.

1. Dress for summer

Allow employees to dress more casually, to help them keep cool and productive throughout the day.

However, even if staff are required to enter the office suited, there are still ways to prepare for the heat, by wearing breathable materials and loose fitting clothes.

2. Find a cool commute

You don’t want to be arriving to the office hot and bothered, so plan a commute that is cool. Try leaving home a little earlier to avoid overheating when in a rush to get ready.

Also, avoid rush hour when catching public transport and if you’re walking to work, make sure you’re on the shady side of the street.

3. Keep the cool air in

Insulating your business premises doesn’t just keep the cold air out in the winter, it also prevents hot air from getting in during the summer.

If using air conditioning, remember to keep windows and doors shut to keep the cool air from flowing out.

4. Turn off appliances

Turn off all equipment that is not in use!

Leaving appliances such as printers and monitors on standby can use up almost as much energy as when they are switched on. This createsheat in the office and contributes substantially to your overall energy bill.

5. Stay hydrated

You shouldn’t need reminding, but don’t forget to stay hydrated throughout the day. Drinking enough water is important, especially during summer! Always keep a bottle of water at your desk – the more chilled, the better.

6. Use sun-protecting window film

Window film vendors discard up to 75% of solar heat. The best window films are also registered as Carbon Negative, reducing the emission of CO₂.

7. Eat smaller meals

Rather than consuming a lot of food at once, eat smaller meals and eat more often.

The bigger the meal, the more metabolic heat your body creates breaking down the food.

Believe it or not, spicy food can also help cool you down. Curries and chillies help stimulate heat receptors in the mouth, improve circulation and cause you to sweat, which in turn cools the body down.

Also read: Summer energy tips: How to cut down on costs

Sources:

http://thinkproductive.co.uk/tips-for-keeping-cool-in-the-office/

http://www.noonan.ie/8-tips-for-keeping-your-building-cool/

http://tmlewin-blog.com/2015/07/14-ways-to-keep-cool-in-the-office/

http://www.accountingweb.co.uk/business/finance-strategy/top-tips-for-keeping-the-office-cool-in-summer

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