Have you noticed that it’s often harder to be productive when it’s too hot or too cold?

I know that on several occasions, I’ve caught myself struggling to get work done, only to look at my thermostat and realize that my office is 80+ degrees. As soon as I turn down the thermostat, I would magically get more productive.

Well, it’s not exactly magic, but there is an optimum temperature for maximum productivity.

“It seems the sweet-spot productivity is a temperate 72 degrees. This means, if it’s 77 degrees or lower, you should be able to cool your office down to 72 without the use of air conditioning at all!

Here are a few sneaky ways to cool your home or office without AC:

  1. Set your ceiling fans to rotate counter clockwise to produce the wind-chill breeze effect and make you feel cooler.
  2. Keep the blinds closed – or invest in solar screens or window films. You can save up to 7% on your energy bill and reduce the temperature by up to 20 degrees.
  3. Hack a fan: Fill a mixing bowl with ice or an ice pack and put it at an angle in front of the fan. It works wonders!
  4. Ditch the incandescent lights:  Incandescent bulbs waste about 90 percent of their energy in the heat they emit.

Turn on the bathroom (or kitchen) fans: these fans suck hot air up and out.”

Check the full post and see other ways to cool down with A.C. at Freelancers Union.