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Customer Service and Maintanance

Heating and Cooling

Please call Customer Service and Maintenance at 645-2025 in the event you experience heating or cooling problems. Please report overheated/overcooled as well as underheated/undercooled areas.

Having a problem after 5pm or holding an evening event?  More information available on the After Hours Heating and Ventilation page.

Heating Policy

Offices will be heated to 68ºF from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and classrooms will be heated to this temperature from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. For the rest of the time, and on weekends and holidays, the temperature will be allowed to drop to 55ºF before heating occurs. In most spaces, the temperature will not drop to that level before the normal working day heating cycle begins again. However, during a severe cold snap or during an extended weekend/shutdown, or due to the particular characteristics of some of our facilities, there will be instances when the temperature will drop to 55ºF.

Heating for academic program purposes will be provided on off-hours and weekends as needed. Each Dean's office should provide the Customer Service and Maintenance Department with a list of individuals in each departmental office authorized to request off-hour/holiday heating. The request for off-hour/holiday heating must be received by Customer Service (645-2025) by 12:00 p.m. of the preceding business day. University Facilities will utilize the most energy efficient means of supplying heat for approved off-hour/holiday requests.

Due to an inability to precisely control temperatures, it may be the case that some spaces may be warmer than planned. It may also be the case that central controls will not permit us to raise the temperature in specific spaces to 68F without significantly increasing the temperature in the rest of the facility. In those situations, University Facilities will permit the use of portable space heaters. Please note, however, that portable heaters not authorized by University Facilities will be removed.

Cooling Policy

During the normal working day (8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.), all air conditioned offices, classrooms, libraries and labs (8:00 a.m.-10:00 p.m.) will be cooled to 76 F. Reheat systems will be bypassed in the air conditioning process whenever possible. During the evening and on weekends and holidays, the temperature will be allowed to rise (except in those rooms with scheduled classes on Saturday).

University Facilities will monitor building temperatures to determine which air conditioning systems should be enabled first. Special purpose spaces and facilities will be monitored to determine if modifications to the policy are warranted.

Help Us Conserve!

If you see any opportunities for energy savings or wish to suggest an energy conservation project, or have general questions regarding our efforts in the energy conservation area should be directed to Customer Service and Maintenance at 645-2025.