Depending on where you’re located in India, the temperatures can reach 40 degrees Celsius or more in the summer. Just being outside can be unbearable and sometimes, going inside is even worse.
If you don’t have the right setup on your property, summer can be tough to get through. Considering shipping container offices are pretty new on the market, these can be even more stifling in the heat.
But thankfully, there are ways you can modify them to keep the heat out. Here are seven tips for keeping your container offices cool in the summer.
1. Install an Air Conditioning Unit
One of the best and easiest ways to keep your container offices cool during the summer is to install air conditioning. By just setting the thermostat, you’ll be able to continually get cool air flowing in your office space.
Make sure that throughout the year, you practice good air filter maintenance. If you don’t, not only can it decrease your air quality, but it can also make your AC unit work harder than it needs to.
Having air conditioning is already a big added expense, so make sure you keep your costs down by changing out the air filter often and having a professional take a look every once in a while to see if there’s anything that needs to be fixed or replaced.
If you’d like more eco-friendly and cheaper options for cooling down your container office, then read on to find out other ways you can do so.
2. Install Window Shades
Are some of your windows in direct sunlight? Then this may be heating up your container offices during the day. Once the temperature rises inside, it takes a while to cool down, even after the sun sets.
Installing window shades is a very cheap way to keep the sun’s rays out of your offices during the hottest parts of the day. All you need to do is draw them, and they’ll reflect the rays back outside.
If the heat gets really bad, you can also consider adding blinds or blackout curtains. Either work well to bounce light away from your container offices. As a result, the temperature won’t rise as much during the day.
3. Use Fans Inside
During the day, you should keep the windows and doors closed. You need to keep the cool air inside as much as possible, so if employees need to go in and out, make sure the door’s only open for a short amount of time.
In addition to keeping windows and doors closed, you should also use some fans inside. Stagnant air can make it feel hotter than it really is. By adding fans, you can circulate the air and make everyone feel more comfortable.
4. Open the Doors and Windows at Night
Once the sun has set, you should do the opposite as you did in the daytime. Open all the doors and windows you can.
Instead of letting the cooler inside air out, you’re letting the cold air from outside flow into your container offices. You should keep your fans running to help push the hot air out and to get the cold air inside. Plus, fans can help you get better ventilation in your offices.
5. Consider Your Container Office Location
You may not realize it, but your container offices may be located somewhere where they take the sun’s harsh rays for the entirety of the day. This results in your offices getting unnecessarily heated during your workday.
Take time to see where the sunlight hits on the property and figure out which area has the most shade. Once you figure this out, you can then move your container office(s) to a better location.
This can help immensely in keeping your offices cool. If they aren’t subject to the severe sunlight for the entire day, then there won’t be such a dramatic increase for the inside temperature.
6. Keep Operation of Electronics to a Minimum
When electronics are operating, they generate heat. For some, they’ll generate heat just by being plugged in; you don’t even have to turn them on for them to get hot, as they may run in a standby mode.
While it may not seem like much, the heat all these small electronics can all add up and contribute to the stifling heat inside your container offices. It’s a good idea to reassess all the electronics in your office to determine what needs to be plugged in.
When you unplug everything you don’t need, you’ll feel a significant difference in the temperature. In addition, you’ll see some savings on your utility bills. So it’s a win-win situation for your company and workers.
7. Switch Your Lightbulbs
Have you ever stood under the lights at work and started sweating profusely? You’re not imagining it; you’re heating up because of the light source, not just because of the rising temperature outside.
You should consider switching your lightbulbs to either fluorescent or LED bulbs. These are more energy-efficient, which means they don’t give off as much heat. They also have the added bonus of lowering your electricity bills!
Keep Your Container Offices Nice and Cool During the Summer
With these seven helpful tips, you can keep your container offices cool and comfortable all summer long. All of these tips are very easy to do and quite affordable, with the exception of air conditioning installation.
So follow our advice to help your office workers stay comfortable and keep productivity up, no matter what season it is.
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