1. Invest in Good Curtains and Blinds
Ensure your curtains and blinds are open during daylight hours to make use of the sun's heat. But as soon as it starts going dark, shut your blinds and curtains (or encourage your staff to). These will then provide a layer of insulation that helps to keep the heat trapped in the office. The better quality blinds and curtains you have, the better the insulation.
2. Move Furniture Away from Radiators
Don't have sofas, desks, bookcases, or any other item of furniture in front of radiators. These will block the flow of warm air, making heating the office less efficient. Even if you just leave a few inches between furniture and radiators, you'll make it easier for the room to heat up.
3. Install a Boiling Tap
Make sure your staff have hot water for brews and hot water bottles by installing a boiling tap. This will ensure they don't have to wait around for the kettle to boil and have access to instant hot water when needed. Not only that, but they are more energy efficient than kettles, and so will reduce your carbon footprint. In fact, there are lots of benefits to hot water dispensers. Investing in a hot and cold dispenser, one that dispenses both water types, is great all year round so your staff can enjoy chilling beverages or ones to warm them up. And because ours are mains-fed, it also makes your office more sustainable as it takes the water straight from your pipes.
4. Invest in Heated Items
For those employees that really feel the cold, why not supply some additional heated items? Portable heaters are great for giving a little extra warmth in a small space. You could even supply heated chairs or heated footrests to help your staff combat the cold.
5. Stop Draughts
Cold draughts can really make the temperature in a room drop. And for those seated near the draught, this can make them very uncomfortable. So, ensure your windows seal properly, and get colleges to close doors. You can even invest in draught blockers for windows and doors that aren't used throughout the day.
6. Invest in Underfloor Heating
It may be a big expense, but investing in underfloor heating can make a big difference to keeping your employees warm. No one's happy when they have cold feet, and underfloor heating can combat this. Not only that, but the heat will rise and help make the room warmer, meaning you have happy, comfortable, productive staff.