Facility owner’s assets go through different weathering conditions every year depending on their geographical locations. Buildings have not become immune to differing temperatures, but owners and managers can prepare their buildings with the right tools in place.
Michael English from Horizon Engineering Associates discussed at the NFMT Orlando that facilities need to prepare for summer and winter conditions and there are five easy tips used to mitigate the swings in energy use during these extreme conditions.
Five Tips for Hot and Cold Conditions
The top five tips to help maintain your structure from the inside out are as follows:
- Pressurize your building
- Have a functioning BMS system
- Reduce air filtration
- Install a shading or glazing system
- Perform a retro cx to get systems back in order
The first step to protecting your building is from the outside. The exterior needs to be properly insulated which helps with moisture control, and proper shading or glazing of the windows will help with heat control. These two steps will help keep conditions on the inside consistent and keep the outside intact.
A BMS, Building Management System, should be installed internally to control and monitor the building’s mechanical and electrical equipment, such as ventilation, lighting, power systems, fire systems, and security systems. This would also work well with an EAM/CMMS; if one of the assets fails, an engineer would be notified and be able to put in a proper work order.
Maintenance remains and continues to be a top priority for building longevity. The biggest concerns managers mention are that they don’t have enough staff or it isn’t in the budget, but maintenance can be one of the biggest costs if not handled properly.
The last order of business is replacing and upgrading current systems, such as HVAC units. This can also be tagged on with maintenance because if a proper plan is in place to know which assets are in need of a replacement or repair costs can be lowered and expenses saved.
How to get the most from Preventive Maintenance
The tips mentioned above mean nothing without a proper plan in place. Your facility can be covered from weathering damage or temperature change by making a reactive decision a preventive one.
Companies interested in implementing preventive maintenance strategies should start gradually. The switch from reactive maintenance to preventive maintenance does not usually occur overnight, but with time and training it can occur after a moderate period of time.
Implementing a proper EAM/CMMS into your business will help make the stress of temperature change a breeze because your assets will be covered, and managers can decide which assets to replace or repair for those upcoming months saving time and money in the long run.