Is your office building always cold?

@dookie03 (578)
United States
November 17, 2008 10:37am CST
I work at a pretty big corporation called first data. But it seems that it's always freaking cold in the building. I mean all the thermostats are controlled by johnson controls and have little lock boxes on them, but it seems like it's set at a cool 60 degrees all the time and that's it. Is your office always cold?
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@mapi26 (549)
• Philippines
17 Nov 08
oh my this is always our team's problem. we have a large space where each team is designated to a specific bay. the airconditioner has a set-up as well in the building to give equal temperature. but then it just so happened that our bay is in under a specific ceiling where the AC is under my station! i'm not a fan of wearing jackets at work coz it makes me feel uncomfortable & heavy in my shoulders. but i have no choice coz it's too cold. same with your case, the AC's are handled by our Facilities department. without consideration they would lower it to 19 degrees celsius or lower. there's a # on every unit which is designated to the control but there's no way of putting it on a higher temp coz it's locked. but what we usually do if we really can't control shivering to our feet because of coldness is to turn it off. good thing the power button is not locked. haha! but we get pissed off again when they see that it's being turned off. so it's an everyday cycle for our team & the facilities of going back & forth turning it off & turning it on. it's already a hide & seek game for us.
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@jonesy123 (3950)
• United States
17 Nov 08
Where I used to work it was always chilly, no matter what the season. But it was bearable. Just had to dress appropriately. I'm now at home and can control the temperature, lol. My husband works in a state office building. Winter or summer, it's freezingly cold in his office. They all have a little heater under their desk to keep warm, and all of them run it in the summer, too. Isn't that insane? The state government constantly talks about how they have to safe money... how about on the cooling bill in the summer;) If the thermostat box has a little opening you can try and change the temperature with a toothpick or other long but thin device. I once saw that done at a Longhorn Steakhouse restaurant. People had complained about the AC setting but apparently the staff didn't have a key to the thermostat box... They used wood skewers... Hey it's worth a try. That and complaining. My husband ended up taping over the vents in the summer. He had called the people responsible for changing the vent direction and how hard it blows out of there, several times but they never came. He was constantly sick with a cold, sinus infection, sore throat.. Once he taped it all up, they were there the next day. Amazingly enough they could not only change the direction the air blows out of those vents but they could completely shut it off... and my husband wasn't sick again either. Maybe you should bring it to the attention of the managers. People do get sick more often in a cold office environment. It's a good argument.
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@fedge098 (1331)
• Philippines
17 Nov 08
I've been in my job for over two months now. And yes, everyday is a cold day in the office. The airconditioner is always at its lowest that I need to wear jacket everyday, even if its the one I wore the day before. It's so cold I could feel my fingers getting harder and harder to move, I needed to drink coffee to keep them moving free. One time I felt my feet ache due to the extreme cold, the cold got me from my feet inside my shoes, I could barely walk. To feel comfortable I just run to the comfort room and heat up with the wind dryer. lol!
@lou_66 (909)
17 Nov 08
i work in a lab at the back of a factory and i am always freezing. we have the heater on all the time and the furnace door open but its still always cold. it doest help that that the door comes open by itsel all the time. its at its coldest on a monday morning as there has been no heating on at all over the weekend. happy mylotting
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@fsound (757)
• Philippines
19 Nov 08
Yes! It has to be at least cold enough because there are lot of computers inside. Proper ventilation is needed.
• Malaysia
17 Nov 08
it's unlucky for you. My place is cold too but fortunately we can control the temperature although different people have different tolerance to coldness. I can't stand cold long enough though..
@hcromer (2712)
• United States
17 Nov 08
I work in an office at a school. The other floors in my building are always warm, but my level is always freezing. I'm always huddled up in front of my space heater.
@Zezloler (497)
• United Arab Emirates
17 Nov 08
I'm going to take that this can apply to my classrooms as well. xD We have a horrible problem with this in some rooms. The teachers like it when it's really cold and manipulate the air conditioner at will. Since I live in the Middle East, AC is absolutely necessary, but not to such an extent. O_o I get cold even in my jacket. I can't forget the time a few weeks ago when I asked my History teacher to turn the AC temperature and she said, "Okay, turn it up to 20 degrees Celcius." O_o *Can't help but wonder what it was before*