Facilities Maintenance Changes You Should Make During the Summer
Each season presents its own unique set of challenges for facility managers and business owners. The summer months are no exception and there are certain maintenance changes that you should take into consideration as we head into the warmest time of the year. Due to the summer’s heat, there should be a stronger focus on certain aspects of the facility’s maintenance than others. Here are a few tips for your facility during the summer:
One of the most important summer facility maintenance tasks is servicing the Heating Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) unit. Summer is the time to change air filters, clean condenser coils and tune up the system, making sure they are all in good condition. You’ll want to make sure preventative maintenance is completed to avoid a broken air conditioner on a hot summer day. It is also important to not turn off your air conditioning unit, even when the building is unoccupied. Completely shutting off your system can lead to increased humidity and mold. This is something you’ll undoubtedly want to avoid.
Due to hot temperatures and strong sun rays, the exterior of your building can take a brutal beating. Summer can be a great time to address all the exterior needs of your facility such as painting, roofing and landscaping.
Another important maintenance task to complete during summer is plumbing and water-using appliances such as washing machines, dishwashers and water filtration systems. As the temperatures begin to climb, water usage tends to increase. With your water systems getting more use, you’ll want to make sure they are working at peak performance to prevent a breakdown. Have pipes water jetted to remove blockages, have sinks and toilets inspected to make sure drains are unclogged. This summer maintenance will make sure your facility stays flowing smoothly.
Summer presents intense temperatures that can increase the maintenance your facility needs. With these helpful tips, you’ll be able to beat the summer heat and make sure your facility stays in top shape.