5 Tips to Prepare Your Building for Winter

The simple fact is that professional managers and facilities operators are paid to perform and anticipate, not offer excuses when the cold weather comes in hard and fast. That means taking adequate steps to prepare and plan for the worst demands on all your systems.

This planning also avoids the high costs that accompany emergency services when everyone is demanding them, as well as tenant discomfort and displacement. Avoiding those highly unpleasant and expensive situations is made easier if you implement these five basic tips:

  1. Fully inspect your roofs. You understand just how much protection your roof provides to many of your systems and building infrastructure. Even small leaks and problems can turn into major issues if not properly addressed. You should ensure an experience professional carefully inspects all of your exposed surfaces and drainage systems, especially if any work has been done since the past winter season.
  2. Revaluate and reset your BAS software parameters as appropriate. You may consider some upgrades and the installation of new controllers in more spaces and on more devices. With the many advances made in this area every year, check with your contractor to evaluate your current BAS status.
  3. Do an energy audit. Even small leaks will cost you big time over the winter season if not remedied. You will also find tenants appreciate your work to ensure their spaces are efficiently insulated and properly sealed around windows and other spaces exposed to the cold.
  4. Conduct a full system check of all mechanical, HVAC and plumbing systems. Update all your freeze checkpoints and check to make sure all your freeze protection systems are properly and reliably powered. Valves and seatings are often are affected by the extreme heat of Chicago summers. This can result in leaks and faulty operations when the full winter sets in. While it is a tedious process, run through each chilled and heated water system to identify small problems before they cause major ones.
  5. Evaluate your maintenance and repair procedures and on-call professionals. Evaluate your contracts and guaranteed response times, as well as the availability of adequate spare parts, even if you have to stock the more critical items yourself.

The team at Agilis Contractors has helped building owners survive our area’s tough winters for half-a-century. If you want to learn more about how to ensure your mechanical, electrical and building automation systems are prepared for those high-demand days in the middle of a blizzard, give us a call. We have the answers to the questions you want to ask.