UPDATE: Please be advised that due to unforeseen construction delays, the chilled water startup has been delayed until Tuesday, May 14. Crews are working diligently to complete the repairs to our heating and air conditioning pipes. With overnight lows in the 50’s and highs in the 70’s we do not expect any significant impacts to users.
All other utilities including domestic hot and cold water will be unaffected. We apologize for any inconvenience this delay may cause. If you have questions or concerns please contact the facilities department.
It is that time of year again when we change from heat to air conditioning.
We have started the changeover process of switching from heating mode to cooling mode. Switching from heating to cooling requires approximately 14 days to complete. We anticipate having the air conditioning online across campus on or before May 14th. If this timeline changes at all, I will be sure to send out an update.
Please keep in mind that weather in the Fall and Spring can significantly fluctuate from hot to cold and cold to hot within a matter of days. The heating and air conditioning plant that supplies HVAC to campus operates on a single pipe campus system that cannot be switched on and off from AC to heat or heat to AC without significant adjustments.
The physical plant carefully monitors temperatures and makes decisions about when to convert to heat or AC. When the heat or AC first comes on, be sure to check on the adjustments available on your units. Each building has different types of controls so if you have any questions regarding adjusting your heat or AC, contact the facilities department at firstname.lastname@example.org.
General Guidelines for Switching between Heat and AC Physical Plant has worked out guidelines whereby temperature changes are monitored and a determination is made when to turn the heat and air on and off. Taking into consideration the many weather changes we have in the fall and spring, the following general guidelines have been established:
Fall – Turning on Heat In cooling mode we track five consecutive days/nights with the recorded low temperature of 50 degrees or lower. We also consider daytime temperatures to some extent.
Spring – Turning on Air Conditioning In heat mode, we track five consecutive days/nights with the recorded low temperature of 50 degrees or higher. We also consider daytime temperatures to some extent.