Temperature Woes... Do you have control?

@vivasuzi (4127)
United States
February 27, 2007 11:30am CST
I've been sick all weekend, so I took the day off on Monday for an extra day of rest. It really helped! Bright and early this morning I felt a million times better.... until I got to work that is. Our office is FREEZING 99% of the time. Almost everyone has a space heater and I'm finally getting one. But does this really make sense? Is it logical for everyone to be chilly and everyone to have a space heater? Or would it make more sense for them to turn up the temperature just a little bit above freezing? Even in the summer, people are using space heaters because the AC is too high. What is a girl to do? Do you have this trouble in your office? Or do you have control over your heating and AC? If you have the same problem as me, what do you do to stay warm short of wearing gloves and a coat all day?
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@freak369 (5120)
• United States
28 Feb 07
Generally everyone at the shop wants it cold instead of hot because of what we do. It's hard to please everyone so if someone is cold they just put on a sweatshirt or go in the back for a while. Besides, who wants to try to tattoo someone if they are sitting there sweating and squirming around LOL. Have you asked about getting some type of air purifyer for the office? I don't know how big your office space is but that could be part of the reason why they keep it cold; to try and keep germs to a minimum. Well, that and something that an old boss told me - the colder it is the less likely people are to get sleepy and tired and make mistakes. He was a slave driver but he was a filthy rich slave driver LOL
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@vivasuzi (4127)
• United States
28 Feb 07
There are always germs around here, everyone gets sick at the same time... but most of us STAY sick because we are freezing! Our building holds 600 or so people and I've heard that our area isn't even the coldest area in the building. Part of the problem is we have windows positioned in such a way that the sun doesn't really come through to warm the room. As for keeping the air up to keep awake, well that won't work :) I read that your body cools down naturally as you sleep, so a suggestion was to take warm baths right before bed so that you cool down faster and get to sleep faster. That said, the cold air actually keeps me very tired. I'm exhausted today even though at home this morning I was ok. Oh well! I just gotta remember to bring a sweater, my warm boots, and perhaps a blanket :)
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• Canada
27 Feb 07
They turn up the air conditioner at work but as soon as someone complains they will turn on the heat . It is hard to get the right temperature as one person is cold and the next person is hot but no one has to worry about being that cold . No wonder you were sick all weekend working in the cold all the time in a building that actually has heat . To me this makes no sence at all . It must cost just as much to run these little heaters as it would to turn up the heat and keep everyone warm .
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@vivasuzi (4127)
• United States
27 Feb 07
I agree about the heaters thing, it can't possibly be cheaper then raising the heat. Also, everyone around is cold, not just me, so I know we are all in agreement. We work in a big building and the temp is adjusted in various areas. When we are really freezing in our conference room, we have to call someone to come down and turn it up! I think that's crazy. They usually only turn it up a little bit and it doesn't even really help that much. Oh well, I don't think everyone having a heater makes sense but I think it's time I get out of the cold and join the rest of the office :) Thanks for your response!
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@kelly60 (4548)
• United States
10 Mar 07
It doesn't seem that most of us have control of the temperature in the locations where we work. I remember when I worked as a cashier at the gas station in town. I stood at the cash register with the air conditioner vent blowing directly down on my head all day. It felt good for a little while, but after standing there for a while, I would be freezing.