Temperatures are on the rise, and commercial buildings are paying the price. The summer months are brutal here in Oklahoma, affecting many areas around your building. Whether you own a business or manage a commercial property, these summer maintenance tips will help you keep your building in tip-top shape.
Protect and monitor the HVAC system
Air conditioning works on overdrive all summer long. Many AC units run all day long to combat the blazing temperatures outside. HVAC maintenance is just as important for commercial buildings as it is for residential buildings.
All aspects of the air conditioning should be inspected, cleaned, and checked before the hot summer months arrive. If you have noticed a change in the way the air conditioner operates, you may need a secondary inspection to check for issues. Some signs of HVAC issues include:
- Uncharacteristically high energy bills
- Struggling to keep the temperature 30 degrees lower than the outside temp
- Strange noises or odors coming through the vents
- Warm air coming through the vents
- Water leaks
- Insufficient airflow
Change your filters as needed to reduce the strain on the HVAC system. If there are any issues with the air conditioning, have them resolved promptly to minimize expenses.
Check exterior walls for UV damage
Sun rays impact the exterior of a building. The type of impact depends on the siding your building has. Bricks may experience cracks along the mortar from freezing in the winter and thawing in the summer. Other siding materials may warp and crack with sun exposure.
Look over your siding throughout the summer. If you notice paint bubbling or flaking, that may be a sign of UV damage. Have your commercial siding repaired, sealed, or replaced when necessary.
Monitor the roof for undetected water leaks
With minimal rain in the summer months, you may not think to check your roofing. The sun beating down on the roof shingles can make them brittle. Warped and cracked shingles are entry points for unwanted water, which can lead to other issues.
A summer roof inspection is an excellent way to check for signs of damage and address them quickly. At a minimum, look for roof leaks, mold, or water stains in your building’s visible parts. Resolve roof issues as soon as possible to protect your commercial building.
For more information about summer maintenance for commercial properties, contact JK Industries.