Edited June 25, 2014
Summer has just begun, but many telecommuters are already feeling the heat in their home offices.
Beat the heat and big utility bills this summer with these tips for prepping your home office for a temperature spike.
Install a window awning. Deflect some of the summer sun and give your home office a little extra shade by installing an outdoor window awning. A simple awning like this option from Aosom is less than $75.
Give your air conditioner a check-up. Ensure your A/C unit is in proper working order by having a yearly inspection done by a professional and changing your filter on a regular basis. Allstate recommends updating your air conditioner’s filter every one to three months, depending on your cooling system. Units that work well cost less money to operate and provide better air flow.
Replace outdated light bulbs. If you haven’t made the switch to energy efficient compact florescent (CFL) bulbs, summer is a great time to experiment. CFLs give off less heat than conventional light bulbs and are better for the environment (and your electric bill).
Get an office fan. Add a fan to your home office and up your cool factor. A small desk fan or floor unit can save you the expense of constantly running your air conditioner.
Switch to a cooler desk chair. If you have a leather office chair, consider swapping it for a chair made from cooler fabric. If you don’t have the budget for a new chair, try a $40 Cooling Gel Cushion.
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