Steps to Winterize Your Office
When winter comes, it brings with it many obstacles pertaining to caring for your business. Oftentimes slush, ice, and dirt form along your entrance, causing a slip hazard. This results in the need for ice melt to be dropped in front of your business, which in turn can be tracked all over the building. In order to keep your office in tip-top shape during the winter season, a good traction mat should be placed in your entry area to soak up much of the debris that can (and will) be tracked into your work space. The mat, if permitting, should usually be 5 to 8 feet long. Mats placed inside the business can also lessen the mess.
No matter how hard we try, the ice melt will likely leave an ugly white residue on your mats, and possibly on your floor. In order to combat this, a cleaner called “Concept 915 Ice Melt Residue Remover” can be used. Simply pour it into a mop bucket at a ratio of one packet to five parts water, and you can mop up the entry rugs – as well as the floor – without leaving a white film. This chemical will suspend the salt and chloride residue.
Be prepared for the season, and make sure you have your office winterized. Take these steps to avoid a mess that can ultimately cost you time and money through expensive carpet cleaning, as well as hard floor damage.
Winter is the season of bundling, and your business has plenty of areas that need to be wrapped-up tight to keep your cash inside. The first step is to check for gaps and leaks around both windows and doors. Plugging these gaps in a building could help reduce consumption between 5 and 30 percent. Next come the pipes. When water freezes, pressure builds up in your pipes and can cause them to burst. To avoid this problem, you need to ensure that all exterior pipes and interior ones in unheated areas are sufficiently insulated. And speaking of insulation, you will want to check your building’s insulation. It likely comes as no surprise that in well-insulated buildings, less warm air will escape during the winter. That means you’ll likely spend less money on heating, and that’s a good thing.
Programmable thermostats enable you to change the temperature setting on a schedule. This way, you can crank the heat up while everyone’s working and then turn it down when no one’s in your space.
Lastly, you can use your ceiling fans to save energy in the winter. When you change the direction of a fan so that it rotates in a clockwise direction, it will circulate warm air instead of cool. According to the ENERGY STAR web page, this can reduce heating costs by forcing warm air near the ceiling down into occupied spaces.
Good luck, and enjoy your winter!