Welcome to The Cool Down, Hunker's definitive guide for staying cool, calm, and collected all summer long.
Perhaps the biggest — and only — downside of working from home is the lack of corporate air conditioning. If you're missing the sub-zero climate of your former office space, you can gather some specific desk items that will keep you cool during these warm months.
From a USB desk fan to a ventilated seat cushion to a hydrating facial mist, these accessories will bring your body temperature down when you need it most.
Don't be fooled by the vintage-looking copper; it's powered by a USB and is only four inches tall. Easily plug it in to your laptop to create a powerful breeze, while the tilt-adjustable head allows you to direct the air exactly where you want it.
Avoid sweating all over your desk chair with this dynamic seat cushion that is engineered to ventilate and manage moisture. Multiple layers of mesh and fabric allow for prime cooling and breathability, while a small-yet-mighty fan at the bottom flows fresh air through the seat. It's important to note that this product also has a heating function, so it's useful year-round.
When the weather is already too hot, you shouldn't have to deal with the heat generated by your laptop. This cooling pad eliminates any technological temperature increase with three super quiet fans that won't disrupt your silent work environment. Lightweight and slim, this tool also increases ergonomic comfort as it offers adjustable height settings.
Pulse points like the wrist feature blood vessels that are closer to the surface of the skin, so cooling down those areas will bring down your body temperature more quickly. That's the idea behind this comfortable wrist rest made of cool gel-infused memory foam that keeps the wrists from heating up. It's also ergonomically beneficial.
Staying hydrated with cold liquids will help you cool your body from the inside out. Beverages remain icy for up to 24 hours in this insulated Hydro Flask tumbler. Hopefully your workday doesn't last that long, but it's a comfort knowing your drink will.
A serious upgrade from the good ol' water splash, this hydrating mist instantly refreshes the face with a single spritz. It's especially suited for your desk because ingredients like marigold extract work to protect the skin from blue light emitted from screens, which may cause photo-aging. The nourishing spray is also clean, vegan, cruelty-free, and gluten-free.
When activated with water, this magical microfiber towel cools to 30 degrees below average body temperature. This transformation occurs in under 30 seconds, so the towel is ideal for a quick cool-down during a busy workday. Just wrap the damp towel around your neck and you'll be set for hours.