Our team recently moved floor. Ever since I am distracted with the cold. The room temperature is 24 Degrees Celsius but there is AC blowing cold air onto the back of my head. The pages of my notepad on my desk move in the breeze. The only other desk available is also under an air vent. It is better than my desk, but I don't want to sit anywhere near a AC vent anymore.

I find it embarrassing to complain about this sort of thing.

Is it a reasonable thing to complain about? I know lots of people have to work outside in the winter and I am sitting in my office complaining.

What is the best solution for me?

  • 7
    What have you tried so far? Spoken to anybody about it yet?
    – DarkCygnus
    Commented Jan 9, 2020 at 18:21
  • 1
    Location? that will be a factor and the answer is not "office"...
    – Solar Mike
    Commented Jan 9, 2020 at 18:23
  • 7
    Cardboard and duct tape
    – Peter M
    Commented Jan 9, 2020 at 19:17
  • @A.S, nice use of the "No true Scotsman" fallacy. Being too cold or too hot at work can be a real distraction and has nothing to do with a person's ability to be adaptable or the strength of their character. Also, companies aren't loyal to their employees, normally, so I never suggest being 100% loyal to a company. A company would fire an employee for being as annoying as an AC vent, so it's more than justified to see if the OP can comment to their boss about it. Commented Jan 9, 2020 at 22:55
  • 1
    I've done the cardboard trick. We had circular diffusers in the ceiling. We cut 4 pie-shaped pieces of cardboard, painted them black so they would not be obvious to maintenance, and just slid them up into the diffuser,
    – SteveSh
    Commented Jan 10, 2020 at 1:01

2 Answers 2


What is the best solution for me?

I suggest you approach HR or your manager, and tell them about this.

Say that currently the AC is distracting you from your work, and ask what can be done to solve it. You can then work on a solution that is Ok for everybody.

Taking a guess, I assume that the AC stream can be redirected, in a way that it does not point directly to you. Perhaps that is a better alternative than to relocate to another desk or something else.

  • 1
    Generally mentioned on this forum is "HR is not your friend", in that they are there to deal with legal and press matters of the company. Going to the manager is a good suggestion, though. Commented Jan 9, 2020 at 22:57
  • 4
    @computercarguy in this situation, HR can be your friend :) I think you are stretching that saying a bit...
    – DarkCygnus
    Commented Jan 9, 2020 at 22:59
  • @DarkCygnus, only if the OP goes through the proper channels first and doesn't get any responses. The OP would also have to document all contacts and responses (or lack thereof) to have a chance that HR would be able to do anything for them. Commented Jan 9, 2020 at 23:01
  • 4
    I'd first ask the facilities manager (or department) instead of HR Commented Jan 10, 2020 at 10:46
  • 3
    +1. Keep in mind, OP, that the business wants you to be productive. If there's a simple easy change that will make you more productive, they will do that in a heartbeat. All it takes is you telling them about what's causing the problem.
    – Kevin
    Commented Jan 10, 2020 at 18:45

Don't be embarrassed to mention this stuff. It is routine work to adjust the ventilation to match the needs of the occupants of an office building. That is especially true if your new floor was recently renovated. There's no way for the heating / ventilation / air conditioning (HVAC) people to know unless you tell them.

You must log in to answer this question.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged .