Early spring has been very sunny here in the UK, but the outside temperatures have been low. So how do you keep warm inside your home if you work from home and in particular if you are new to this because of the coronavirus crisis?
If you have previously worked in a centrally heated office (many heated to 21 degrees) you will have become accustomed to a very warm working environment. However, when working from home you may not want to have your central heating on all day to maintain a similar temperature, particularly if there is no one else at home at the same time. Apart from the cost, it is a waste of energy so what can you do make your working from home work area warm and use energy wisely?
A Few Tips to Keep Warm
- Wrap up by wearing several light layers and wear thick socks and slippers.
- Keep internal doors closed to keep heat in rooms.
- Let natural light into by keeping windows clear – a light room feels warmer!
- Hunt out and exclude any drafts around windows and doors.
- Eat warming foods such as soups and drink hot drinks.
- Go for a run or brisk walk before starting work each day.
- Ideally position your work area:-
- In a small room.
- Away from outside walls.
- Not in a room with a north-facing window.
- If a dedicated room is not available, choose a spot near a wood burning stove, gas fire or electric fire that can be turned on if you feel chilly.
Controlling Your Central Heating
As mentioned above it is a waste of energy and money to heat the whole house when you are just working in one room or area. If you have thermostatic radiator valves you can control the heat of each radiator individually. So before you start work, turn down all the radiators valves to low in the rooms not being used.
If you do not already have radiator valves they can be fitted to existing radiators and they usually pay for themselves in a year.
What Types of Fire Can be used to Heat Your Working Room?
You may already have a fire which you use to back up your central heating, such as a wood burning stove, gas fire or electric fire. Therefore, you may want to position your work area near these.
Also, you may have a portable electric heater or an oil filled radiator which you could take into the room where you are working.
Remember, if you are warm and cosy you will work more productively!
Here at Simon Turner Showrooms we supply and fit a wide range of fires, in addition to fitting complete central heating systems. Please have a look at the Fire and Fireplace projects we have completed, and of course get in touch by using the form below or calling us on 01395 267805 if you would like to speak to us about a new fire and fireplace for your property.