Three tips to make your coronavirus confinement more pleasant

24 Mar 2020
Yes, we’re all tired of sitting around at home doing nothing, keeping well away from everyone else. And yes, we’re all looking forward to the end of the coronavirus (or should we be calling it COVID-19?) measures. Sadly, we’ll need to be patient a little longer, as the end is not quite in sight. To make your confinement a little more bearable, we’d like to share a few options and tips with you. For example, our sun protection and ventilation can turn your (improvised) home office into a pretty nice place to be. Of course, it can’t be all work and no play: you need to take some time to wind down too. Our patio covers offer a multitude of options. Whether you’re a die-hard yogi or whether you simply enjoy sitting down with some tea and biscuits: everything is better in the open air!

Transform your boring spare room into a comfortable home office with solar shading

After spending a few days in your small ‘pop-up office’, you might start to feel like climbing up the walls. To avoid getting to that point, it’s important to create a cosy and comfortable space to work in. If you want to concentrate, a frustratingly uncomfortable office chair is the last thing you need. It’s also important to create a nice vibe in your room. Plants can help you do so: they provide mental calmness and inspiration. One thing you might not have thought of is that your home office could do with solar shading (solar screen e.g.). At this time of year, the sun is still relatively low in the sky. Still, if you’re in a small room on the south side of your home, it can get pretty warm inside after a while. With Renson screens, you can make sure it stays nice and cool inside all day long, without having to work in artificial light – after all, your outside view is always maintained! 

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Make sure there is adequate ventilation in your home office and elsewhere

After spending the entire day in your home office, the air might start to smell a bit musty. This is a warning sign that the air in your room urgently needs to be replaced, as it contains too much CO2. Adequate oxygen levels not only help you concentrate; they also prevent headaches or migraine after you leave your home office in the evening. The relief provided by opening a window is only temporary, as your room will fill up with CO2 again after just 15 minutes or so. What you really need is a smart ventilation system, like Renson’s Healthbox 3.0, which continuously extracts polluted air. 

The benefit of the C+ system is that it doesn’t just ventilate your home office; it also ventilates the other rooms in your house, all fully automatically. In times when entire families are being asked to stay at home, this can only be a bonus! If the smart ventilation system notices that more people have entered the living room, it will provide extra ventilation right there. This principle applies the other way round too: if there is no one in the bedrooms, the system won’t provide ventilation there, which makes Healthbox 3.0 extremely energy efficient – it only ventilates where necessary.

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It can’t be all work and no play: get outside under your aluminum pergola

To avoid getting to a point where you’re ready to climb the walls, it’s important to take some time to relax every now and then. To allow you to de-stress and clear your head, make sure you set aside a few hours for yourself and your hobbies. On top of that, it’s important to get outside every now and then, so you can fill your lungs with fresh air and expand your (mental) horizon. Experiencing nature opens new perspectives and allows you to reconnect with your inner self.

If you’ve got any hobbies, maybe it’s a good idea to do them outside, so you can fill two needs with one deed! A Renson patio cover makes this perfectly possible: it allows you to enjoy the indoor comfort of home while you’re outside, giving you the best of both worlds. “Hang on a second,” you might say, “it’s only spring, what about that chilly breeze?” Thanks to built-in windproof screens or sliding glass panels and heating elements, you can keep the breeze and chill out. Whether you enjoy the simple pleasures of some tea and cake or whether you’re a die-hard yogi, a Renson pergola offers you a huge range of options as an extra outdoor space. 

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In times like these, it’s not just your physical health that matters; your mental health and well-being are crucial too. By transforming your home office into a comfortable working and living environment and by heading outdoors every now and then, you can make sure you see out this period of extraordinary measures in utter comfort.