Yes, the COVID-19 pandemic is still a top concern, but it is also now officially summer!
This is the season of warmer weather and longer days, and with that, there are challenges for facility managers who manage corporate real estate, k-12 schools, colleges and universities, and other infrastructure systems.
The humidity and heat of summer means that it is essential to spend time preparing facilities for this changing season in order to ensure that everything is functioning optimally. Here we discuss 3 tips for summer maintenance.
1. Review Maintenance Procedures
Summer is the ideal time for facility managers to evaluate, review and revise maintenance procedures. In particular those that are scheduled during the summer months, to ensure that your facility management team is addressing issues that might happen due to weather changes during summer months.
In addition, it is important to ensure that the facility management team have procedures in place for outside activities that only happen during this time of year, such as maintaining the grounds and landscaping as well as caring for external building elements like parking lots and sidewalks.
2. Check on Green Space
If your buildings and facilities have green space for employees and tenants, it is important to schedule time on maintenance activities in order to properly care for these spaces. Cutting the lawn, pruning the bushes and pulling weeds require use of your resources. Including these maintenance procedures on your calendar can make it easier for your team to build into their day.
3. Summer HVAC Inspection
As the temperatures increase, it is a good idea to schedule some time to do an inspection of all HVAC systems. Doing this in summer will ensure that your HVAC systems are in good working condition and ready to handle any additional workload that the summer brings for your facility management team.
- Check furnace system controls and thermostat
- Tighten electrical connections
- Lubricate moving parts
- Check condensate drain for proper function
- Clean the air conditioning coils and evaporator
- Check the refrigerant level
- Clean and/or change the air filter
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