Maintenance Tips for Facilities

July 18, 2017


We’re already more than half way through 2017 – it’s hard to believe where the time goes.  With the winter well behind us, facilities managers often take this time of year to take a much deserved break knowing it won’t be long before another fall and winter season kick off.  That being said, there’s no time like the present to start preparing for what’s to come and to consider new and better ways to manage your facility.  These maintenance tips for facilities represent our best practice advice to improve building maintenance efficiency.

Prevention Saves Time and Money

If you’re feeling like you have some extra time on your hands right now, don’t forget what your busy season looks like.  Regardless of your industry, facilities managers will benefit from a proactive approach that ensures structures and equipment are in prime operating condition.  You can even take some time to reflect on your biggest headaches of the past year and plan for the coming months by evaluating the current status of your facility, identifying potential repair and maintenance needs, and even developing a long-term maintenance schedule that helps you keep on track.

Consider a New Approach to Lighting

LED lighting is the wave of the future – and while the initial costs associated with LEDs are higher (especially if you include installation costs), the long-term investment is a sound one.  LEDs last longer and they are more efficient too.  This means less time spent maintaining lighting as well as lower energy costs.  Plus, LED systems are increasingly standardized and their costs are dropping.

Get Analytical

Collecting an analyzing facilities data helps you do your job more efficiently.  There are numerous tools available that help you identify problem areas, inefficiencies, and even potential solutions that you may have never considered before.  Using the most modern technology available, you get access to the information you need to avert potential problems before they arise.  Indeed, data analysis offers myriad benefits – not only can data aid your prevention strategies, it can also help you in a crisis.

Mobile Technology for the Win

It’s the 21st century, so it’s time to go mobile with your facilities management technology.  You’re a busy manager; heck, you may be managing multiple facilities at the same time.  You’ve got a smart phone and possibly even a tablet as well, so why aren’t you making the most of this technology?  Mobile apps and other programs can provide you with facility information when you’re on the go.  Pull up blueprints, check heating systems, view maintenance schedules or vendor information wherever you are so that you never miss a step.

Combining tried and tested facilities management strategies with the most up-to-date technologies available will put you at the top of your game while saving you valuable time and money.

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