HVAC Winter Preparation

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winter-in-central-park-10190The heavy jackets, winter hats and gloves are making their appearances quickly. The approach of the cold season also means it’s time for preparation on your HVAC systems. Whether you’re utilizing cooling towers, a water cooled system, or a chilled water system, it’s important to make sure that they are protected from the elements produced by winter. The industry leader in the commercial HVAC industry, The BP Group takes it upon ourselves to provide you with some tips for your winter preparation.

Cooling Towers

Water Cooled systems that work during the winter months must be protected from the frigid temperatures that put equipment at risk for freeze ups.

What exactly are freeze ups? Freeze ups occur when temperatures drop below freezing and the liquid flowing through pipes without heat trace freeze. Maintaining a 40 degree set on heat trace systems prevent pipes from freezing and potentially faulting the HVAC system.

It’s also important to check the status of all systems to make sure dampers are functioning accordingly.

Mechanical Rooms

• Protected from the elements
• Room is heated
• Sprinkler head is heat traced and insulated

Building controls should be checked thoroughly to ensure proper productivity.

Protecting your assets

Employees are your assets. When it comes to mechanical equipment on the roofs of tall NYC buildings, safety is first priority. In order to protect personnel that handle equipment, make sure roof drains are clear of debris for proper drainage. Water that is not immediately drained can cause ice buildup during freezing temperatures. This makes it extremely dangerous for personnel that perform work on the roof.

These tips can ensure your HVAC system is prepared for the winter ahead. Making small adjustments can save you time and headaches in the future.