Preparing for Winter

Leveraging the Shoulder Season to Optimize Building Humidity and Heating Systems


As laboratory owners and operators, preparing for the colder months is not just about winterizing your lab space; it's about strategically using the transitional shoulder season to get ahead of the challenges that winter can bring. One crucial aspect of this preparation is ensuring that building humidity and heating systems are optimized and ready to reach setpoints when the temperatures drop. In this blog, we'll delve into the importance of this preparation and how taking advantage of the shoulder season can lead to more efficient lab operations during the winter months.

Understanding the Shoulder Season

The shoulder season, which falls between summer and winter, presents a unique opportunity for labs to fine-tune their environmental control systems. During this time, temperatures are milder, making it easier to optimize heating and humidity systems without the extreme demands of winter.

The Significance of Humidity and Heating Systems

Efficient lab operations hinge on maintaining precise environmental conditions, and two critical elements are humidity and heating:

  1. Humidity Control: Many lab experiments require precise humidity levels. Failure to maintain the desired humidity can result in inaccurate results and compromised research outcomes.
  2. Heating Systems: Proper heating is essential for maintaining comfortable working conditions and preventing damage to sensitive equipment. Efficient heating systems also play a vital role in cost control.

Leveraging the Shoulder Season for Efficiency

Here's why using the shoulder season to prepare for winter is crucial:

  1. Optimizing Humidity Control: Achieving and maintaining the desired humidity levels can be challenging in extremely cold conditions. During the shoulder season, labs can calibrate and fine-tune humidity control systems to ensure they perform optimally when winter arrives.
  2. Testing Heating Systems: Conducting tests and inspections on heating systems during milder weather allows for early identification and resolution of any issues. This proactive approach ensures that heating systems reach setpoints efficiently when it matters most.
  3. Energy Efficiency: By gradually increasing the heating load and humidity levels during the shoulder season, labs can avoid sudden spikes in energy consumption during the coldest days of winter. This not only saves on energy costs but also contributes to a more sustainable operation.
  4. Equipment and Material Protection: Properly functioning heating systems are crucial for preventing damage to sensitive equipment and materials. Using the shoulder season for system checks can safeguard valuable assets.
  5. Experiment Consistency: Maintaining stable temperature and humidity levels is vital for experiment consistency. Preparing in advance ensures that research outcomes are not compromised due to environmental fluctuations.


The transition from summer to winter is an ideal time for laboratory owners and operators to prepare for the challenges of the cold season. Ensuring that humidity and heating systems are optimized and ready to reach setpoints is essential for efficient lab operations during winter. Leveraging the shoulder season for these preparations is not just a prudent step; it's a strategic one.

By taking a proactive approach to environmental control system optimization, labs can achieve more reliable experiment outcomes, reduce energy costs, protect valuable equipment, and create a more sustainable operation. Embracing the opportunities offered by the shoulder season is a smart investment in the future of your laboratory.

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