It’s a good time of the year to do the same things at the shop that many of us do at home. Take a good look at where the heating and air conditioning is leaking out. Many shops are like Swiss cheese; holes everywhere! Check the insulation, weather stripping, overhead doors, service doors, windows and any other spot that might be an issue. That infrared gun in your tool box is a great tool to find leaks. It’s the basic stuff like this that the expense hawks do to keep more money for themselves (and also end up with a more comfortable workplace).

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