October 21, 2013
As we get deeper into fall, it is important to make sure your nonprofit building is in the best shape possible as cooler temperatures and moisture begin to set in. There are a number of things that should be done both inside and outside your building to ensure your residents, employees, volunteers, etc. stay comfortable throughout the cooler months while making sure your building is clean, comfortable, and as energy efficient as possible. You’re a Nonprofit after all; you want as much money as possible to go to your cause, not your heating bill!
Things to do outside your Nonprofit:
- Check your building foundation for cracks. Sealing those cracks will help keep the heat in and the cold out as well as make sure they don’t get worse.
- Take your screens from your windows and doors, replace them with storm windows, and be sure to fix any damage in the screen before storing them.
- If the paint is peeling or bubbling (this goes for inside too) be sure to patch those areas to keep out the cold, moisture, dirt, and debris that can work its way in. In the spring get more serious about getting to the root of the problem and correcting it.
- Replace missing shingles and repair leaks in your roof. These can lead to massive leaks of heat and the moisture sneaks through and can ruin your interior paint, drywall, furniture, etc.
- Clean out your gutters. This will not only keep the outside of your building looking neat and clean, it will send moisture from the fall rain away from your nonprofit building.
Things to do inside your Nonprofit:
- Inspect the seals around all windows and doors. If you feel a draft use caulk and weather-stripping to seal them; this keeps moisture from leaking through and ruining your paint as well as keep those heating bills manageable.
- Have your furnace checked. This will alert you to any problems as you enter the cooler months so your furnace will fire right up when the time comes to turn it on. This is another opportunity to save on heating bills.
- Ensure all detectors (smoke and carbon monoxide) are working and have new batteries in them.
These tips will help keep your buildings clean, efficient, and cozy so you and your volunteers can enjoy the cool months and focus on your goals.