Keeping Cool Whilst Working from Home

Ah, the vagaries of the British weather. One moment it’s cold, wet, and windy; the next, a heatwave during a random week in June. Not that we complain…

If you’re currently working in a modern, purpose-built office, this shouldn’t present too many issues. Companies are legally obliged to keep you comfortable in different temperatures, after all. But what about when working from home? The majority of UK households don’t have the luxury of industrial coolers, leaving many of us to crave the icy chill of our air-conditioned offices.

That’s why, in this article, we’re going to give you some respite from the rays by offering up several home office cooling solutions. Whether you’re tapping away from a bedroom, kitchen table, or dedicated workspace, there are plenty of tricks you can employ to stay safe. We’ll also tell you where to find the best home air coolers.

Why is cooling an office so important? 

Most of us love the hot weather, especially when we’re sat outside in the garden sipping on an ice-cold drink. But when a heatwave strikes, there are health risks to consider. The NHS report that, on average, there are 2000 heat-related deaths a year, with humidity sometimes leading to hyperthermia. 

The main risks posed by a heatwave include:

  • Heat exhaustion
  • Heatstroke
  • Overheating
  • Dehydration

These side effects are particularly hazardous for people who have underlying heart conditions and breathing problems. So, if your health is at risk, get in touch with a medical professional immediately. You can also find more information about heat-related health risks on the NHS website.

Okay, time for some tips. If you’re currently shouting, “my office is too hot, what can I do?” read on.

Stay hydrated

Whether you’re sunning it up on the lawn or working from your desk, the number one trick for staying cool in the heat is to drink water. According to the NHS, adults should drink six to eight glasses of water a day — about 1.2 litres. However, in hot weather, we need more, so aim for at least two litres. Staying hydrated helps to stave off heat exhaustion and a few other nasty health risks highlighted above.

What’s more, having an frosty glass to hand means you can roll it on your wrists for extra respite. This part of your body has blood vessels close to the skin, which respond to cold surfaces.

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It may seem counterintuitive, but drawing your curtains or blinds during the day is a quick way to cool a small office. You want to avoid a ‘greenhouse’ effect, where sunshine enters a workspace, trapping hot air within your four walls.

Does your room face the south? If so, you may want to invest in some thermal-backed curtains — these keep the chills out in winter and block sunshine in summer. You don’t have to work in darkness all day either; you can always let the light in during the morning or late afternoon.

Open windows in the evening

When the sun is high in the sky, it’s all too tempting to crack the window. However, this sometimes creates the opposite effect if the outside air is warmer than inside your house. Therefore, it’s best to keep windows shut during the hottest hours, generally throughout the afternoon.

Try waiting until the evening to let air inside, as this will help keep an office cool for the following day. If, however, things get too much and you’re desperate to let the outside air in, make sure to draw your curtains.

Ventilate the room

If your home office gets hot throughout the day, make sure to keep the door open. Whether it’s adjoining or an exit, creating a through-draft will encourage airflow and reduce the overall room temperature. You might, however, just need to be mindful of any outside noise.

DIY air-conditioning

Read any article on cooling a small office space and you’re bound to see a mention of the humble desk fan. While these are great for producing some light relief during muggy days in a home office, they often circulate the same hot air around the room after a while. That’s because there’s no cooling agent.

Instead, try creating a makeshift air-conditioning system by placing a bowl of ice in front of the device. The cold released from the cubes should catch the fan’s turbines and blow cool air in your direction.

And if that doesn’t do the job, you can always hire an air conditioner from our range. Whether you’re after a compact air conditioner or something more substantial from a name you can trust, we’ve got plenty of coolers ready to blow you away.

Turn off unnecessary electrics

That printer you’ve got sitting in the corner emits a bucket load of heat. The same goes for any computers, televisions, or gizmos plugged into nearby sockets. You’ll need a few devices when working, of course, but if you can turn any unnecessary electrics off, you’re bound to reduce the room temperature a degree or two.

Best of all, you’ll save money on your energy bills at the same time! Just make sure to turn devices off at the power source, as they still give off heat when left on standby. 

Cancel your morning coffee 

Okay, we’re going to bring up beverages again, but bear with us. As many of you will know, kicking your day off with a coffee can cause jitteriness and problems for high blood pressure. But have you ever stopped to think that it raises your body temperature, too? Therefore, those looking to stay cool in an office should swap their pre-work coffee beans for a glass of water. We know it’s not as exotic and probably won’t perk you up quite as much, but it should help in a heatwave. 

Hire the best home air coolers

If you’ve tried a few of the above tips and it’s still too hot, you could always hire a cooling system. While it might sound a tad lofty, we’re all spending a bit more time at home, so renting equipment may be the most cost-effective route to home office comfort. Especially if next summer doesn’t bring the same blue skies.

Browse our page to find everything from compact air conditioning units to small cooling fans, all from top, trustworthy brands. Choose HSS Hire, and you’ll always get a choice of the best home air coolers.


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Lauren King

Lauren works in our Ecommerce Team, with over 6 years of experience at HSS. She brings product knowledge and is able to give her advice on the right tool for the job no matter how big or small.


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