2016 Update: Check out our latest discussion on staying cool on a hot day.
How do you stay cool in an overheated office? Reader L — who notes that she is nowhere near “hot flash” territory — wants some advice on working with some overactive radiators:
You’ve written about staying warm in a cold office. What about staying cool in a hot office? The weather outside is frightful, but my office feeling as hot as fire is not so delightful.
Great question, and I’m curious to hear what readers say. (Pictured.) Some tips off the top of my head:
- Dress in layers. Obviously. You may want to particularly look into breathable fabrics like cotton, linen, and silk (which can block cold winds outside but still be comfortable inside).
- Get a fan. Whether you open the window or not, at least you won’t be sitting in stagnant hot air. (Personally I love Vornado fans for the office because they’re super quiet but powerful.) If you really want to try to cool down, put a bowl of ice in front of the fan (so you’re blowing cool air towards you).
- Drink a lot of cool liquids. Ice coffee for you! While you’re drinking cool liquids, you may also want to take the time to put the cold can/cup against your pulse points — think the back of your wrist, the back of your knees — because it can help you cool down.
- Take a few tricks from the ladies with hot flashes — for example, maybe consider faux pearls that are can be frozen? Health magazine has a few other good suggestions.
Readers, what do you do when your radiator goes into overdrive? How do you stay cool in a hot office?