Seniors’ residences have to be comfortable. These buildings are people’s homes, and when things get too hot or too cold, they’ll be calling the maintenance department — and rightly so.
And it’s not just the living spaces you need to keep comfortable. Any seniors’ residence likely has a kitchen with refrigerators and freezers. When food is being prepared for the residents, it’s vital that temperatures are kept at appropriate levels.
But collecting all these temperatures takes time. Somebody would have to physically enter these spaces and take the temperature. When it’s a large complex, that’s not a trivial task — it could take someone more than an hour just to make one round. Who knows what the temperature will be later, at night, when the outside temperatures drop.
Heating systems could fail without warning, and a broken walk-in freezer could leave any seniors’ residence scrambling to repair and restock while removing a roomful of unsafe food.
Save time and money with temperature sensors
Technology always is advancing in the maintenance world. Temperature sensors can save you much time and keep residents happy — and maybe even help prevent expensive failures.
These small, wirelessly connected temperature sensors allow maintenance staff members to track temperatures across their entire complexes, by room, in real-time, all at once.
They grant you amazing new power to keep temperature at the appropriate level, whether in residents’ rooms, kitchens or someplace else.
Now, if you see a temperature start to increase above or drop below where it should be, you can quickly step in and adjust it before anybody even notices.
And it’s not just about comfort. Temperature sensors can alert you to other problems and allow you to respond effectively. If you know a cold snap can risk freezing your pipes, for instance, you can set up sensors near them and monitor that local temperature as well.
Connecting temperature sensors to your CMMS
If you’re using computerized maintenance management software, temperature sensors can seamlessly integrate with the rest of your system.
You’ll be able to build a full record of real-time temperatures. With that record, you also can detect suspicious fluctuations or patterns that might indicate a deeper problem. That’s something you’ll miss altogether if you only do a daily check — or worse, if you only respond to staff reports when something already has gone wrong.
These temperature data are not only useful day-to-day; they continue to inform your maintenance staff members as they work on routine and preventive maintenance by offering them one more piece of information about the equipment they’re examining.
So if you want to increase your residents’ comfort while preventing costly expenses, check out what temperature sensors and CMMS can do for you.