How to Stay Toasty and Comfortable in Your Home Office
May 21, 2017
Bundling up to leave for work on a cold day makes sense, but bundling up to step into your home office doesn't. Whether your home office lies in a drafty part of the house or you're just trying to save on home heating, there are plenty of ways to stay warm and comfortable without turning up the thermostat. Learn how to use personal heaters, heated footrests and other home essentials to stop typing with numb fingers and start working in a toasty home office.
Set Up a Personal Heater
If you want to warm up your desk area without heating up the whole room, a personal space heater is the way to go. Look for a compact model you can easily stow under your desk when you're not using it. Adjustable fan speed, a cool-touch surface and adjustable heat output are a few handy features. When choosing between radiant and convection heaters, go for convection technology if having a safer, more energy-efficient heater is most important to you. On the other hand, choose a radiant heater if you want to heat things up fast and only plan to use it for a few hours at a time. Look for important safety features, such as an automatic switch-off function to prevent overheating.
Even if you purchase the perfect personal heater, you might still be left shivering if you don't position it well. Place the heater under your office desk, leaving enough distance between the heater and your legs to avoid overheating. Before pumping up the heat, make sure the heater is a safe distance away with enough room to stretch your legs under your desk without accidentally kicking over the heater. If there’s enough room, you can also rest a smaller portable heater on top of your desk to warm up your hands while you work. As a cautionary measure, be sure your heater is placed well away from paper, curtains and any other flammable items.
Keep the Hot Coffee Coming
Hot drinks are a classic fix for chilly workspaces, so why even leave your cozy space heater to fetch coffee from the kitchen? Install a coffee maker in your home office, opting for a model designed to pour every fresh batch of java into a thermal carafe. That way, you can sip on cup after cup without dealing with lukewarm coffee or spending extra energy on the machine's heating plate.
When you pour yourself a cup, use the right drink holder to maximize the coffee's warming benefits. If you prefer to sip slowly on your java, use an insulated travel mug to keep it hot to the last drop. If you down your coffee fast, pour it into a porcelain mug that can double as a cozy hand warmer.
Focus on Staying Warm With Heated Office Essentials
Maybe your personal heater doesn't pump out quite enough heat to stop your teeth from chattering, or maybe you just want to save some energy. Either way, try using some electric heating accessories. Place a heated back cushion on your office chair to warm and soothe your back. For your thighs or any other area that needs some extra heat, use an electric heat pack.
While you're giving your under-desk space heater a break, don't let your feet cool down. Lay down a floor rug to avoid stepping on cold tile flooring. If you really want to keep your feet toasty, invest in a foot rest with climate control. Look for a model with foot massagers for extra comfort, a switch-off safety feature and adjustable height.
Heaters and warming accessories are key to creating a comfortable home office climate. You can also use weather-stripping tape to block drafts, bundle up with a cozy scarf, and add a humidifier to make the air feel warmer. With the right adjustments, even the coldest outside temperatures become no match for your comfort. It's time to start working in balmy comfort all day long.
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