In a previous article, we discussed energy efficient ways to keep your office cool in the summer. However, while the Farmer’s Almanac predicts below average snowfall for the Northwest, editor Peter Geiger said, “We do believe that it’s going to be another one for the record books.” The Almanac goes on to predict below normal temperatures, “with the most frigid areas occurring in and around the Northern Plains into the Great Lakes.” Such it is that you may want to prepare your office for the coming winter temperatures. Here are a few tips to keep in mind.
An obvious first step, this is also the most simple. What you wear makes a big difference on how warm you will stay. Keep an extra layer or two ready at your office for when temperatures drop. Generally, more thin layers are better than a few thick ones. Fingerless gloves can also keep your hands warm while still allowing you to type freely. Discuss possibly relaxing the dress code with the concerned personnel to allow for warmer clothing.
Close the Door
Your office’s HVAC system will already be hard at work come winter. Try to ease its load by keeping heated air in and cold air out. Keeping the doors and windows closed as much as possible will go a long way in keeping your office warm. This includes inspecting all doorways, windows, and other openings to make sure everything’s well insulated. In houses, for example, a ridiculous amount of heat can escape through the attic.
Open the Windows
Well, open the blinds and curtains anyway. Do this during the daylight hours to allow the sun to heat your office up. Close them as the sun goes down, however, to add a little insulation from the nighttime temperatures.
More Common sense Tips
Drinking hot drinks can also help. If you’ve had enough coffee, try switching to tea. Simply getting up and walking around can also help get your warm blood pumping.
Some Extra Help
It never ceases to amaze how many gadgets can be run from a USB slot. There are USB heated gloves – convenient when working at your computer. There are USB warmer cushions for your seat that also come with AC chargers. There are also heating blankets, foot warmer floor mats, heated mice and mouse pads, heated jackets, heated slippers, and cup warmers. If you like to listen to music while working, there are also thermal headphones available.
You can also go old school and use a space heater. Be sure to keep it away from anything flammable however, and turn it off before leaving. Some companies also prohibit such devices because of the fire hazard.
Of course, there is no more effective way to heat your office than by using a good HVAC system. Modern HVAC systems are part of Building Automation Systems (BAS) that use low voltage wiring to control practically all the mechanical, electrical, and plumbing (MEP) systems of a building. A well-maintained HVAC system will be highly efficient in producing and maintaining heat.
Level One HVAC is a commercial and industrial heating and cooling company located in New Hudson, MI. We have over 15 years expertise in the installation, maintenance, and repair of all types of HVAC systems including direct digital controls (DDC) like Tridium, Johnson Controls, Auto Matrix, Honeywell, and CSD 1 Boiler Certified Safety. We offer a standard 1-year warranty on low voltage/IT services commencing on the completion date of each project.
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