We’re at the tail end of the year and the temperature is starting to drop again. As we all get swept away by holiday preparations, we must also remember to prepare our office buildings for the upcoming winter months. Shifts in temperature patterns will lead to changes in how you maintain the overall condition of your building, so be sure to have all aspects covered before the onset of snow.
Productivity at work is also heavily reliant on the overall condition and atmosphere of the workspace. Do not sacrifice an effective workflow for cost savings before the winter. You must winter-proof your office and structures within your work complex. No questions asked.
Here is a quick run-through of everything you need to check and do before it gets too cold.
#1 – Clean the gutters and the entire roof
Check your office’s gutters and roof for any debris that might have gotten stuck there over the past couple of days. This could consist of sticks, leaves, and other random objects that could get in the way of your drainage. When your gutters are clogged, rain or melted snow will not be able to leave your roof and all the water could seep inside your building.
#2 – Do yard cleaning
Don’t leave your building’s yard cluttered before the winter comes. Sweep away all dried leaves, sticks, stones, fallen branches, and other debris from your building’s exteriors and walkways. This will make it simpler for you when the springtime comes because you’ll have to clean up less.
#3 – Check your outdoor equipment
Make sure that your outdoor sprinklers or other lawn irrigation equipment are well maintained before winter. This will prevent the possibility of them getting worn and broken, as they will have to withstand drastic temperature changes which could cause some parts to break.
#4 – Seal all leaks
Get your entire building checked for holes that could allow cold air inside. There are sealants that you can apply around your doors and windows to prevent unwanted leaks. This process is called weather stripping. You can also invest on getting “storm doors and windows” so you won’t have to manually seal the leaks yourself every year.
#5 – Check insulation levels
It is also important for your ceilings and walls to maintain proper insulation levels so everything indoors stays nice and warm. This is an often overlooked step because the condition of ceilings and walls remains out of sight until you actually check.
#6 – Perform preventive maintenance on your heating systems
The best way to fully winterize your office building is to hire a professional HVAC team to perform preventive maintenance on all of your HVAC units. This is the most important task any office owner must do in preparation for the winter months. Have all furnaces, heaters, and air filters checked, repaired or replaced before it’s too late. The last thing you want is for it to get too cold for anyone to perform his or her day-to-day tasks at the office.
It is recommended that you contact an HVAC professional as soon as possible as their services are widely in demand during this season. Most service contracts are also due for a renewal at this time, so you may also hear from your HVAC company. If not, you should go ahead and make the arrangements for an inspection yourself.
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