Tips for Reducing Maintenance Costs
How to Keep Your Cost Down
Around the country, facility management professionals have learned a great deal about how to keep their costs down while maintaining safe, comfortable buildings. Take a look at some of the tips gathered from these professionals, for some improvements in your own maintenance cost.
- Focus on Lighting: According to the EPA, about 35% of a commercial building’s energy goes toward lighting. Schools, stores and offices around the country have tried a few tactics to save money in this area. Some of those include:
- Dimming lights during off-use periods
- Replacing older lightbulbs with more efficient bulbs
- Installing digital sensing and control systems
In lighting and other facility management areas, there may be incentives available.
- Reduce HVAC Costs: One of the best ways to keep heating and cooling costs down is to schedule annual (or more frequent) inspections and maintenance. Heating and cooling professionals at SERVPRO of Bear Creek understand the particulars of the environment and weather patterns. Insights and tips from these professionals could help you minimize costs directly relating to running air conditioners and heaters. Other tactics could include closer looks at machines in your facilities that generate hear or adding some landscaping elements that help you maintain comfortable temperatures.
- Tackle Repairs Early: Many costs related to repairs could be reduced by catching problems when they are small. Scheduling routine maintenance is one wat to do this. It is nearly always cheaper to prevent or repair minor issues then it is to put things off until they have grown into much larger problems. For example, one corporate location replaced filters on air handles several times a year because of the buildup of debris on the fresh air shafts. When technicians recognized this problem, they devised a solution that kept debris away from the shafts, reducing the need to replace filters and decreasing he maintenance cost.
Have you found other tips that worked well on your facilities? What are some of the best tactics you have discovered for reducing your maintenance cost?