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Re: -10 degrees , Lets open a Window...

I remember having to open the windows from my shared office in December because my super nice office mate refused to use deodorant
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Old 18.05.2011, 10:00
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I remember having to open the windows from my shared office in December because my super nice office mate refused to use deodorant
I have one of those. I told him if he didn't wash his jacket I was going to burn it.
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Old 18.05.2011, 10:03
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I remember having to open the windows from my shared office in December because my super nice office mate refused to use deodorant
The first company I worked for here had a techie like that.. this guy would lean over your desk to show you / do something on your 'puter and you would gag.

He was French by the way.

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Old 18.05.2011, 10:14
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Oh, my god, seriously. At work, I was always freezing in winter. The Swiss install triple-glazed super-insulating windows to save energy -- and then open them for a few hours a day in the dead of winter. Because "es stinkt" or "es hat keine Luft" or some such nonsense.
This is familiar. Wintertime I like everything tight. Alas, the problem is that things here are actually tight enough (thanks to double and triple glazed windows and doors) that mold forms just from them oisture of our breath.

Something easily solved (without opening windows to the freezing outdoors) with the addition of one of these to the room:





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Quite right. During those times of year when you would want to open a window -- spring and summer, perhaps -- then "es zieht" and they want it all closed.
It took my 2nd summer here to get this straight. You DO want things closed in the summer - particularly the "storm shades" outside as otherwise once the glass of the windows gets hot, you are cooking inside.

So, the summer time routine at my m-i-l place was to open the windows for a few minutes in the morning and again when it cooled down in the evening BUT for fear of deadly drafts while sleeping windows are closed over night and to keep out the sunshine, everything is locked down like we're expecting a hurricane during the day.

Of course, this issue also is resolved somewhat by the addition of a nice ceiling fan and having the windows cracked on the side of the home opposite the sun.

Now to talk my hubby into having one installed.

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Old 18.05.2011, 13:02
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Re: -10 degrees , Lets open a Window...

It is May now...or you just remembered what you have been trough in the Winter and you are complaining just now.
I leave my windows open even if outside are -24 degrees. I'm still alive and with no cold.
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Old 18.05.2011, 21:58
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Hi All,

Little gripe im having at work, it can be pelting down with snow and hail and be -15 degrees outside but i find some people at the place i work, particulary the Swiss, seem to love to open up the windows ...and leave them open turning most of the people around me , including myself, into creeking, shivering , frost-bitten things ...ok rant over ..continue as normal.
Yep they do it at work too. I think it's just a way to make sure the walls don't get mould growing on them.
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Re: -10 degrees , Lets open a Window...

I really need fresh air - in all seasons. The stifling, closed air on trams or in offices actually makes me feel sick. Me and my other British co-worker usually open the windows in our office. And I always open windows on trams where it's possible.

The very worst are trains without strong enough a/c and without windows that open - full carriages can get very smelly and the air is terrible. Now THAT is not healthy!
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Old 19.05.2011, 12:15
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Re: -10 degrees , Lets open a Window...

it's like 30C here and I opened the window... I stepped out of the office briefly and came back to find it closed! It's ridiculous! There was a nice little breeze... I wish I had my own office.
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Old 19.05.2011, 12:25
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Re: -10 degrees , Lets open a Window...

Why would people that pride themselves on hiking and walking...outside...be wary of drafts? Or are these the 'other' Swiss...the one's the don't advertise? The one's that smoke, and drink too much, and sleep until noon. The ones that no one likes to talk about.
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Old 19.05.2011, 12:36
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Re: -10 degrees , Lets open a Window...

SOP is: cold outside? open the window. really hot and stuffy in the office? keep the windows closed.

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Old 19.05.2011, 19:51
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Re: -10 degrees , Lets open a Window...

I always open the windows in the classroom because I need some freaking oxygen and fresh air.
I don't care if it's cold, if the temperature lowers under 19°C then I will close the windows myself.
Some people just can't stand the air moving on their neck or something apparently, even in the summer. I can't figure it out.
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Old 19.05.2011, 20:27
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But actually I have found quite the opposite, that the Swiss seem to have quite a fear of open windows and fresh air in buildings....
I came back from lunch today and the office was stifling hot. so I opened window to get the breeze flowing. granted a few of us have allergies right now, including me.

nevertheless, 15 minutes later my Swiss colleague comes back from lunch and closes all the windows. wtf? too bad he couldnt turn on the aircon.
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Hi All,

Little gripe im having at work, it can be pelting down with snow and hail and be -15 degrees outside but i find some people at the place i work, particulary the Swiss, seem to love to open up the windows ...and leave them open turning most of the people around me , including myself, into creeking, shivering , frost-bitten things ...ok rant over ..continue as normal.
Well, fresh air is sooooo important
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They might be right.. Being from Norway, I have been brought up fully aware of the dangers of the draught.

The rule goes as follows:
-A breeze (outside) is healthy and good for you.
-Airing out a room (opening only one window) is ok.
-A draught on the other hand, meaning two or more windows open on opposite sides of the house, creating an airflow through the hous, and "indoor breeze" is you will, is sure to kill you off almost instantly.

No idea why this is, but my grandmother told me so, so it must be true.
Your grandmother is/was completely right.
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