The Hottest Hacks for Staying Cool at Work

The office in the summer can be hot, but you don’t have to be!

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Staying productive at work when you’re busy trying to stay cool in the sweltering heat isn’t easy. At Work Design Magazine, we researched far and wide to find you the latest and greatest items to keep you cool in the workplace.

Whether you’re in the office, on your way there, or working from home, the summer heat waves are no joke (no really, they’re not one to play with). If the air conditioning in the office, at home, or at the coffee shop isn’t making do, it’s time to take measures into your own hands. We’re here to help you do just that. And if you’re feeling inspired and need it now – just click & order. Stay cool!

Icy Wipes

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Here’s an innovative trick when there are no showers nearby to ease the heat and sweat. Icy wipes are a perfect refresher to keep you cool, clean and comfortable.

The Duke Cannon Wipes Cooling Field Towels, for instance, is a great refreshing pick-me-up with textured fabric to help remove dirt, grime, and sweat.

They can be purchased at your local general merchandise stores or online stores like Amazon.

Cooling Clothing

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Clothes are a huge way to stay cool in the office, literally and figuratively. You also don’t need to find anything too extravagant that will break the bank, either. Hanes’ 4pack X-Temp Comfort Cool Crewneck Undershirts are a great way for staying cool in the office. Its breathable and comfort cooling technology allows for a hasty free experience at work.

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Don’t worry ladies, we could never forget about you. Since the options are endless when it comes to clothing, a great way to maintain your personal style while staying cool in the office is gravitating toward certain fabrics in the summer time. Here’s our top fabrics that will wick away moisture, keep you cool and stylish:

  • Cotton
  • Linen
  • Rayon
  • Silk
  • Jersey
  • Chambray


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Many of us are sitting all day, whether it’s on our computer, on the phone, or in a meeting. The Kool Kushion Ventilated Seat Cushion is great help to staying comfortable by keeping your seat cool and ventilated.

If you’re looking to explore other options without breaking the bank, a cooling mat like the North American Healthcare Gel Cooling Pad is a great alternative to keeping your seat away from hot temperature.

Desk Lamp

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It’s impossible to stay cool while you’re working when you’re desk lamp is the leading culprit in raising the temperature. It’s best advised to turn off any electronic devices that make the office warmer than normal, but desk lamps are a necessity to most. The best way to solve the hot lamp problem is by switching to LED lamps. LED lamps use less energy, which means better for the environment and they emit less heat than regular ones do. You can find LED desk lamps at stores like Amazon and Ylighting Pro.

Beverage Cooler

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One of the most innovative creations, yet, is getting a product to stay cool right at your desk. The Generic Mini USB Fridge allows you to keep your canned-drink of choice cool and ready for you to drink at any point in time, without having to get up from your desk. It’s also simply powered by your USB, which makes batteries not required. 

Hot Beverages

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You may be thinking the best quick fix to staying cool is having an ice-cold beverage, but we’ve found out, from Work Design’s very own managing editor, that drinking hot drinks like tea and coffee may be the way to do it.  One of the most interesting ideas we’ve found about this is in an article from NPR. According to the article, Peter McNaughton, a neuroscientist at the University of Cambridge, explains that when the receptors in our mouth and tongue respond to the warmth, your brain will attempt to cool you down.

USB Fans

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If we could bring our fans into the office, it may get a bit distracting from their size to their noise. Luckily, mini USB fans provides the means to stay cool conveniently at your desk. There are various options to choose from to fit your style preference on places like Amazon and Alibaba.

Phone Fans

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Unplug your portable charger and instead insert one of these Maxonar phone fans here. These handy, pocket sized inventions really work and won’t eat up your paycheck.

Let us know in the comments down below which products you’d like to try or have tried. Have any recommendations? Give us a heads up about them – we’re happy to extend the list!

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