Tips to help you cope when your air conditioning is faulty

If you run an older type of air conditioning system there’s a good chance it’ll let you down one day. More often than not this will be during the hottest day of the year, the sun will be cracking the flags outside, people will be mooching about in shorts and bikinis and your staff will be slumped at their desks! How do you cope in these conditions without air conditioning? Read our mini survival guide.

  • Phone for help: Get assistance on its way as soon as you can, the moment you realise the air conditioning has gone down react to the situation, call an engineer without delay. We provide reactive maintenance programmes at Sovereign and one of our specialist engineers is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, and that includes the weekends too!
  • Open windows: Hopefully it shouldn’t be too long before the air conditioning engineer arrives at your premises but you’ll need to remain as comfortable as possible until they do. Open windows if you can to let air into the building, this will remove some of the ‘stuffiness’ from the room.
  • Dig out fans: See if you cobble together a few fans to provide a welcoming waft of air. Okay, they’re not going to be as efficient as air conditioning but at least they’ll give you a bit of a bit of relief.
  • Loosen clothing: This doesn’t mean strip to your underwear, you’ll get a few funny looks if you do! Take your tie off, unbutton the top button of your shirt or blouse, try to loosen clothing and make yourself as comfortable as possible whilst keeping your dignity intact.
  • Drink water: It’s important to stay hydrated when your body is subjected to high temperatures so drink as much fluid as you can. It shouldn’t be too long until the service engineer arrives to fix the fault on the air conditioning so keep your body topped with water until they turn up on site.


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