Despite the heavy rains, which kicked off this summer season, the thoughts of beaches, vacations, barbecues, family picnics and ball games still permeate the air. The last thing on most people’s minds is the icy chill of winter. However, for those in the know, the summer months are actually the best time to prepare buildings for the harshness of the coming winter season.
“Usually we recommend the spring and summer months to begin the process of checking systems for the coming winter,” says Frank Alimossy, a service technician for Brooklyn’s Aggressive Energy & Mechanical Group, an HVAC and boiler maintenance repair company. “This is not something that should be put off,” he continued. “Building owners should make it an annual event.”
In order for a building’s operating systems to run safely and efficiently, a system of checks and balances must be in place. This requires a thorough understanding of all the components that ultimately deliver the essential amenities like heat, air conditioning, water, plumbing and electricity.
Delegating the responsibility for maintaining these building systems is something that the superintendent and staff normally handles, although they should coordinate with the managing agent and the board to insure all issues are addressed in order to prevent situations like no heat in the middle of January.
“Without due diligence, problems can and will arise,” says Gregg Annunziata, director of sales for Metro Builders LLC, serving clients in New York City and New Jersey. “In some cases superintendents or building managers can run down a list of checks and balances, but in some cases additional oversight is required because they might miss something that could turn into a significant problem down the road.”