As we head into cooler weather, it’s important to complete certain maintenance tasks for your business. While stocking up on your hot cocoa supply and ensuring everyone in the office has warm beanies is important, there are more crucial things to think about for your facility.

True, Texas doesn’t get as brutal winter weather as some other areas, but there are still several cold-weather maintenance tasks you shouldn’t forget. Here are five of them:

1. HVAC System

Your heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system is the lifeline of your building during cold weather. Regular maintenance and inspections are vital to ensure it operates efficiently. Focus on checking and changing filters, inspecting and cleaning ducts and testing thermostats and controls. You don’t want to be surprised by a failure or inefficiencies when it’s the peak of cold-weather season.

2. Roof and Gutters

A well-maintained roof and gutter system prevents water damage and ice buildup during winter… if it’s in good condition, that is. To maintain your roof and gutters, perform the following maintenance tasks:

  • Clean gutters and downspouts from debris and leaves
  • Inspect the roof for leaks or signs of damage
  • Ensure proper insulation to reduce heat loss

3. Plumbing

Freezing temperatures can cause severe damage to plumbing and irrigation systems, especially if they’re outdoors. But you can protect yourself and these systems by draining and insulating outdoor faucets, as well as winterizing sprinkler systems. For the former, shut off water supply to outdoor faucets and insulate them. For the latter, we recommend a professional’s help.

4. Door and Window Seals

Ensure the comfort and energy efficiency of your building by checking all seals, from the doors to windows and other areas. Focus on inspection first, checking for gaps or damage in weather stripping and then replacing or repairing as needed to prevent drafts and heat loss. Also consider installing storm doors for an extra layer of protection and energy efficiency.

5. Parking Lots and Walkways

The last thing you want is an employee or customer slipping and injuring themselves before they even walk in your doors. Be proactive and plan a snow removal and ice management system, if it’s needed. Texas does have its occasional icy periods, so don’t take this area lightly. Also, inspect and repair any potholes on your property, as cold weather can worsen them.

These are just a few maintenance task ideas for cold weather that you shouldn’t forget. For more—or to receive a customized quote and service plan—contact Fernic Building Solutions today.