As winter approaches, we begin thinking of the maintenance we need to do to our homes in order to protect them from cold weather. However, if you own an office building, there are also things you need to do to prepare it for winter as well. These tips can help you prevent issues with your commercial building as colder weather arrives.
Change HVAC Filters:
One thing you want to have your maintenance staff do before winter is to change all your HVAC filters. A clean air filter allows your heating system to run more efficiently but it also helps keep the air in your office cleaner. If you don’t have a maintenance staff, you can also reach out to an HVAC professional to check over your heating system and replace filters. Many offer maintenance agreements that include an annual check of your system.
Drain Outdoor Water Sources:
If your building has an outdoor water source, such as an irrigation system, you want to be sure there is no water sitting inside the system over the winter. Water can freeze inside the components and cause significant damage. If you don’t need exterior water during the winter, shut off all water valves and drain the system before it gets cold. If you do need exterior water, make sure that insulated covers are installed.
Have The Roof Inspected:
Winter weather can wreak havoc on your roof which is why having your roof inspected before the weather turns cold is important. Experienced roofing contractors often offer free or low-cost inspections where they will identify issues, including the need for roof spray, resealing of fixtures, or even major problems that need immediate attention. When searching for a professional roofing company like Everest Systems, be sure to read online reviews so that you can find a reputable service.
Clean The Gutters:
Just like your home, your commercial building may also need gutter cleaning. Leaves and branches can collect in the gutters which may lead to ice dams in the winter. An ice dam can actually damage your roof, causing leaks. You will want to check the gutters, downspouts, and roof trim for any debris. The best time to clean gutters is after the leaves have fallen so you are sure you get all the debris removed.
Check Emergency Fixtures:
Fall is a great time to check the batteries in any smoke or carbon monoxide detectors in your commercial building. If you have a wired alarm system installed by a company, ask them to conduct a test to be sure all components are working properly. If your business has generators, test those as well to be sure they are working properly.
These tips can help you prepare your commercial building for the winter. Whether your building is a modern office building or if it is in a residential-type structure, you want to be sure that you protect it before the cold weather arrives.