Aircon Etiquette

Israel is a desert, summer is hot. Usually the heat gradually builds up so that by August you may be sweltering but you are used to it.

Not so the last few days. We jumped from mid 20’s to 41°C!!! In one day! The last two days have been in the low 40’s and today it is 30°C at midday.

Image taken from Nasa

This is outside though. If you are in my office it is sitting at a chilly 23°C. I am freezing. My toes are turning blue. We try keep the air-con on 25°C but ‘somehow’ it keeps dropping to 23°C.

I get that it is Hot (with a capital H) outside but that doesn’t mean it has to be arctic inside.

I share an office with 3 men and one woman. The air-con unit we have is also shared between 3 other offices next to ours, the one has a single woman occupant, the other other has 5 women and 2 men and the last office is a spare office.  We are pretty much split evenly between those that love the cold and those of us that would rather keep our extremities from being frozen off.

Do you share an office? Do you fight over the temperature? What is the etiquette when using a communal air-con?

Somebody help me please, I cant feel my fingers!

10 Replies to “Aircon Etiquette”

  1. I can’t stand super cold air conditioning when it’s balls hot outside. The extreme change just doesn’t seem at all healthy.

  2. I think our central air is set at 22’C…but because it’s more or less open plan all through, the 1st floor is always freezing and the 6th floor is cooking!

  3. Ha! Wait until the temperature outside hits 52 degrees Celsius!
    I used to wear winter clothing to work in Summer when we lived in Dubai because it didn’t matter how much I complained, the air conditioning would be set to Arctic and I had to suck it up. So I layered up and tried to avoid sitting near the air con vents…
    To be honest, I don’t think any air con etiquette actually exists. I’m not sure how it is in Jewish culture, but Arabian culture would dictate that the “host” – in your case, the company, would do everything possible to make the “guest” – in this case, the employee still adjusting from another country, as comfortable as possible.
    It never worked for me, either. But then, I would never have dreamed of mentioning it in those terms…

    1. I have a blanket/shawl/shrug thingy and a cardigan and I am bringing in winter slipper socks so my toes dont freeze off!

  4. Ya, I’ve had the same problem when I had a summer job in Israel. The aircon was at a constant 20. It was the worst…

  5. I shared an airconditioned office space for a few years, and the controls were in the one office so even if everyone agreed on a temperature the two ladies would dial it to what they wanted.
    And I am happiest when its cold. Bottlestore fridge cold. Server room cold.
    In other words its never cold enough for me.

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