A few weeks ago, I heard someone on a radio program tell the audience that “cold late-October days are nature telling us winter is coming.” Instead of trying to wrap your head around the absurdity of that statement, let’s just say that winter will be here soon. With that in mind, here are a few tips we’ve collected over the years to help you close out the fall and get you prepared for the cold season.
For the transition months. Some of your biggest opportunities are in the fall when temperatures are more variable:
- Minimize heating and cooling simultaneously as temperatures swing. Set your heating system to standby for a stretch of late warm weather; it’s a widely overlooked opportunity for easy savings. Our blog, Fall ‘Shoulder Months’ Are Here. Will Your Building Take Advantage has more info about saving in the transition seasons.
- Fall shutdown procedures. When is the last time you reviewed these critical steps? Start by sanitizing your drains and wet systems; see more tips in Shutting Down Your Cooling Equipment The Right Way.
You can save money in the heating season. Of course, you’ll have to run your heater soon, but there’s no reason to waste heat in your building:
- Know your heating zones. Learn how to do a zone audit for ultimate control over your building’s heating system in our post Know Your Zones.
- Seal your heated spaces. It can make a dramatic impact on energy savings. A NYC building saved $700,000 with an air sealing strategy. Read the story in our post Air Seal Your Conditioned Spaces.
Protect and minimize risks and liabilities. Whether you are protecting your building from fraud or minimizing your liability in icy conditions. Prevention is the best way to hold onto your budget:
- Is your oil provider on the level? Read Don’t Become An Oil Fraud Victim This Winter to make sure you’re protected
- Suspicious slip and fall claims. In 2011 alone, the National Insurance Crime Bureau reported over 2,100 claims in NYC alone that were less than credible. Avoid all that with the tips in Engineers, Protect Yourself With Snow Removal Logs
And, for polar vortex season avoid disaster with these frigid weather tips:
- Freeze Rounds. See our take on them TOTW: When It’s Cold Do Freeze Rounds. Again, prevention saves every time.
- Roof Tanks. They are not ice buckets for Godzilla’s NYE champagne. Let’s keep them liquid, FREEZE ALERT: Inspect Your Roof Tanks
Good luck! And, regardless of your winter toil, remember to find time to enjoy family and friends this holiday season!
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