There are many important tasks to undertake every year to maintain your commercial property. Let’s take a look at 10 of the most important steps to take:
Inspect HVAC Systems Annually
In the summer and winter months, heating and air conditioning systems are essential for the comfort of your building’s tenants. As a result, the HVAC system of your building could be working overtime and close to burnout. This is why monthly inspections are so important.
Filter inspection and replacements ensure your HVAC system is working at peak performance. If the system seems to be straining, call in a HVAC technician who can conduct an assessment on where to remove pressure with rebalancing. You should also check that the HVAC thermostats are functioning effectively too.
Service Your HVAC System
Is your heating unit working properly? With colder weather approaching, ensure your heating unit is functioning correctly. For optimal performance, replace HVAC filters at least twice a year. By maintaining your HVAC unit, you increase its effectiveness – keeping you warm throughout winter and decreasing the risk of preventable costly repairs because of unchanged filters and dirty or blocked heat exchanges.
Plumbing and pipe checks
You’ll very quickly notice if there is a problem with your building’s plumbing. Unfortunately, fixing any plumbing issues won’t be very pleasant to deal with yourself. Burst pipes or blockages can get very messy, very quickly, making the commercial space unsafe and unusable until the problem is solved.
That is why it is critical to conduct regular plumbing and pipe inspections. When you carry out these checks, problems can be averted and you won’t have to deal with all that potential disruption. These checks should be completed thoroughly and carefully to make sure nothing is missed.
Check Your Downspouts and Gutters
Removing dirt and debris from gutters and downspouts allows the proper drainage of water away from your building to prevent damage to your building and gutters. Ensure that all gutters and downspouts are securely fastened. This will prevent damage and ensure they’re functioning properly.
Inspect Electrical Systems
Electrical faults play a huge role in the cause of fires breaking out in many commercial buildings – 24.5% of all fires to be precise. A professional inspection of your wiring, breakers, and appliances throughout your building must be made a priority at least once a year. While these systems are being inspected, it’s also a good time to double-check smoke alarms and fire retardant systems.
All of your electrical components should be tested once a year to ensure they’re working properly and aren’t posing any dangers to people in the building. When it comes to electricity, it’s not worth taking any chances. Breaker boxes, outlets, and switches should all be checked for any problems and safety concerns. Things like cracks or indications of deterioration should be identified as soon as possible so they can be fixed before the problems worsen and cause further issues. If you conduct regular inspections, you’ll save a lot of time and money in the future.
Checking and double-checking all alarms
There are several different types of alarms that you should have installed on your property. To begin with, you’ll need a burglar alarm to keep the building safe from intruders 24 hours a day. Furthermore, fire alarms should be installed to comply with all applicable fire safety laws. After you’ve installed all of those alarms, make sure they’re checked on a regular basis to ensure that they’re working properly.
PAT Testing by the book
Every commercial setting requires portable application testing. It’s an important part of health and safety since it guarantees that electrical equipment is safe to operate without putting personnel at risk. PAT testing must be done meticulously and according to the rules. Before an appliance can be certified as safe to use, it must undergo a number of visual and electronic examinations. These examinations must be taken on a regular basis; passing them once and then forgetting about them is not enough.
Keep Your Backup Generator Firing
In a backup generator, stagnant parts might spell tragedy. Air can get into the unit injector solenoid if these parts aren’t moving, rendering your generator unusable. Once a week, all emergency generators must be started for at least 5 minutes to rev up the moving parts and keep everything working as it should. Once a month, transfer load testing should be performed, and a full load test should be performed once a year.
Audit Your Energy Consumption
An energy audit of your commercial facility is essential for determining where you may save money year after year. As a business property owner, energy costs may be one of your most significant expenses. An energy audit is an excellent method to figure out where your money is going. An energy consultant will inspect your building and identify how you might save money. An energy audit can also help you figure out if your renters are satisfied with and comfortable in your facility.
Ambivent Facilities Management Services
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