The chill is in the air. The smell of apple cider and hot chocolate are frequent occurrences. And, yes, the winter season is coming. I hope you were all able to get your fill of warm-weather activities this year, because they’re not coming back for a few months!
Now that you’ve had a minute to reminisce on summertime memories, it’s time to refocus and get to the task at hand: Preparing your business facilities and production processes for the winter months ahead. It is vital to anticipate the upcoming freezing conditions by preparing your equipment, processes, and assets before the cold sets in for good. It’s much easier to make timely, wise decisions when you have ample time to research and develop an appropriate plan for your business.
To start, identify the areas within your business (materials, equipment, pipes, containers) that are going to be susceptible to the cold temperatures. Are these items indoors, outdoors, or will they be delivered to your facility and need to be heated up? Will these items need to be heated solely for freeze protection or heated up for processing? Does your flagpole need to be heated so that no wandering tongues get frozen to it? No, just kidding on that last one.
After you’ve completed this evaluation, now let’s help you put a plan in place. First, and most important, involve the pros when looking for heating solutions. Have them help point you in the right direction to find a solution that provides the right heat for preventing fluids from freezing and maintaining optimal temperatures. Also, consider a solution that is easy to install, uninstall and reinstall at only a fraction of the cost of expensive systems.
Now, what do you plan on doing about incoming materials or production supplies that will need to be kept warm or heated? If stored properly, chemicals and industrial products will last longer and be more effective. In turn, this will save you time, hassle, and money. Therefore, take time to develop the proper plan to ensure you can heat these materials easily and efficiently. I recommend a plug and play type drum heater, for instance. By preparing ahead, you are sure to save yourself a headache when the next cold front rolls through.