Summer will be coming to an end before we know it. As autumn approaches, the cooler temperatures are followed by falling leaves and eventually snow. The cold winter often presents challenges for property and facility managers and maintenance crews. When it comes to preparing for the winter season, there are four important tasks that will preserve the appearance and cleanliness of your workplace and enhance the working environment of your occupants.
The HVAC system and air ducts collect dust, pathogens, allergens and other contaminants that prevent proper air circulation and reduce the quality of the indoor air. Removing pollutants from the ducts, registers and cold air returns will help your occupants breathe a little easier. Changing filters at this time is also recommended. Lastly, be sure to wipe down ceiling vents, fans and blades.
During the winter season, workers track road salt, dirt, slush and snow into buildings. This often results in white stains on floors. Wet and dirty floors can easily become hazardous while the chemicals and debris scratch polished surfaces and become embedded into carpet fibers, causing damage that can’t be fixed. Prevent slips and accidents and protect floors by placing floor mats strategically throughout the facility to catch most of the snow and dirt before it enters the building. Adding mats at indoor entryways can provide further protection. Vacuum carpet and mop hard floors at least once daily to help surfaces stay as clean as possible.
Increase Natural Light
During the winter, there is less daylight hours. This means workers often drive to work and back home in the dark. Allow as much natural sunlight into your workplace as possible. Natural light has been proven to enhance mood and create a more pleasant working environment. Cleaning windows inside and out thoroughly in addition to cleaning light fixtures will make sure your office facility is as light and bright as possible.
Many companies care about the wellbeing of their employees and provide incentives for them to stay healthy. It is also commonly known that fewer sick days lead to higher productivity. The easiest and most cost-effective way to prevent illness from spreading through a facility is the ensure the workplace is free from germs and bacteria. Disinfecting common areas, desks, doorknobs, kitchens, bathrooms and other high-traffic locations frequently during the winter will help prevent cold and flu outbreaks.
If you have any questions or need additional information regarding office facility maintenance, contact MAC today. MAC is a contractor Kansas City property and facility managers have trusted for more than 25 years. We provide tenant finish and remodeling services, custom furnishings, construction services and more!