Winter Prep Tips

During the winter months, facility managers are presented with a unique set of challenges in ensuring the seamless operation of their buildings despite harsh weather conditions. Winter maintenance is not only about responding to issues as they arise but also implementing proactive measures to safeguard against potential problems.

This article delves into essential winter tips for building owners and facility managers to effectively prepare their buildings for winter, minimizing risks and ensuring optimal functionality during the colder months.

Duct Cleaning

Removing any unwanted particles and debris from your duct system is essential as it can threaten your health and your HVAC system’s functionality. 

Additionally, dirty air ducts can even become a potential fire hazard. 

Test Humidity and Climate Controls 

Test operation for peak performance and negate the chance of falling humidity levels during the winter.

Low humidity can lead to excessive dryness, which taxes not only facility equipment but also the health of the facility occupants.

The same goes for too much moisture, which promotes mold, mildew growth, and condensation.

Inspect Operation of Valves and Shut-Offs

Indeed, lower temperatures can cause a pressure drop, which can affect the ability of a shut-off valve to maintain its shut-off capability.

When temperatures drop, it is essential to be aware of this potential issue and take necessary precautions. Make sure they are properly maintained and functioning correctly.

Check and inspect heat pumps and boilers

Prevent an abrupt breakdown or overtaxing of the system and its components. Look for signs of wear, corrosion, or damage on the exterior. Clear any debris or obstructions around the units to ensure proper ventilation.

Plumbing 

When heating spaces during winter, it is important to be mindful of the risk of freezing and bursting pipes.

If you plan to shut off water and drain pipes in unheated spaces, ensure this is done correctly.

When shutting off the water is not possible, consider insulating the pipes and keeping the area warm enough to prevent freezing. Regularly inspect the pipes for signs of excessive moisture and promptly seal any cracks or openings that may be present.


A well-prepared facility ensures occupants and operations a warm, efficient, and trouble-free winter. By implementing these winter tips and conducting thorough inspections of your HVAC, plumbing, and electrical systems, you fortify your facility against the season’s challenges.

With a keen eye on energy efficiency and operational continuity, we bring tailored expertise to every facet of winter preparation. From meticulous HVAC inspections to robust plumbing checks and electrical system evaluations, we specialize in preparing your infrastructure for the season’s challenges.

Trust us to be your partner in securing a resilient and smoothly running facility throughout the colder months.

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