6. Balancing ventilation with keeping warm

Providing adequate ventilation does not mean you have to make your workplace feel cold.

There are simple steps you can take to make sure your workplace is adequately ventilated without being too cold:

  • opening windows and doors partially can still provide acceptable ventilation while keeping the workplace comfortable. Opening higher-level windows will probably create fewer draughts.
  • if the area is cold you could relax dress codes so people can wear extra layers and warmer clothing
  • you can only use fan convector heaters if the area is well ventilated

In this sway natural ventilation can be used alongside heating systems to maintain a reasonable temperature in the workplace.

This page is reviewed regularly and updated to reflect any changes in the guidance.

Page last reviewed: 30 April 2021

Next review due: 31 May 2021

Updated 2021-03-31