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Bob Knows: Winter Building Preparations

Robert Plotner Vice President Service Operations

There are many things to consider when preparing for winter operation of any building, but keep in mind these shoulder months offer a huge opportunity for energy saving.

As we approach the heating season, we need to be checking the heating cycles on all the air conditioning equipment, paying particular attention to the operation of the boilers. During the early hours of the morning heating may be needed to take the chill off but in the afternoon there may be a need for cooling.  A well-tuned building will only use the amount of heating and cooling needed to make the building comfortable.  Too often we find a building is overheating and overcooling and sometimes heating and cooling at the same time, missing out on a tremendous amount of energy savings.

Besides the HVAC systems, building owners should check and clear all roof drains, remove all roof debris and look for cracks or bubbles in the roofing that may indicate problems.  As a service for our customers, our technicians report any issues they may see while they are on the roof of any building, but a thorough exam should be on your winter prep list.

Don’t wait until you have bigger problems at critical times, now is the time to test and review your systems and insure that energy expenses are minimized and tenant comfort is protected. If you have any questions about your HVAC winter preparations, feel free to contact me directly.

Bob Plotner,
Vice President, Service Operations