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Prep your facilities for dropping temperatures with insulation solutions

By FacilityDude
Nov 18, 2013

Facilities Management, Energy Management

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As the winter months are right around the corner, you may be starting to sweat as you anxiously get your facilities in order before the real cold sets in.

Making sure that your facilities are kept warm is a top priority for maintenance teams due to a variety of reasons. Ensuring that the temperature inside your buildings isn't at Siberian proportions is essential to keep your machinery and equipment functioning. What's more, it can also guarantee that all of their occupants are comfortable.

chilly mountain top Despite the clear importance of creating a toasty environment and fending off the outside frigidness, it can be hard for you to turn up that thermostat. With the cost of energy on a continuous rise, the thought of having to fire up the heating system for the entire season may put some pressure on your facilities' budget.

The best way to confront heating is to do everything possible to minimize any excess costs. You don't have to burn piles of money just to take your facilities up to a desirable temperature. One of the simplest ways to combat unnecessary energy expenses is insulation.

Any insulation can help

That solution seems easy – maybe even too easy – but there is no need to be suspicious. While some may tell you to outfit your facilities' walls with all kinds of sophisticated stuffing, a recent study revealed that the material you use to insulate your buildings may not really matter. As long as the walls are sealed on both the inside and outside so that air leaks are not possible, insulation materials won't make much of a difference.

FMLink stated that the engineering group BSC conducted extensive research for a number of years, testing insulation types to determine which was most effective. In the organization's Thermal Metric Summary Report, it explained that between the seven different insulation materials tried out, including spray foam and fiber glass, they all exhibit about the same thermal performance.

The key to insulation is to be certain that there are no air leaks throughout your walls and that the material is evenly distributed. According to The Daily Courier, it may be useful for individuals to investigate the condition of their buildings' walls using infrared tools, which can provide a heat map that will reveal any problem areas. If you schedule facility inspections with your FacilityDude's MaintenanceEdge, you can easily pinpoint any issues and have your maintenance crew take care of anything wrong before the cold comes in at full force.

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