Facility Services has issued a friendly reminder to occupants of campus buildings to keep office windows closed while air conditioning systems are in operation.
“The windows need to remain closed for us to maintain comfortable inside temperatures,” says executive director Susan Mark. “I know it may seem like a small thing, but open windows allow warm outside air to flow into the building forcing the mechanical systems to operate longer, thus creating undue stress on the equipment and premature wear and tear.”
The campus cooling system pumps water from the Detroit River through the Central Refrigeration Plant to regulate the ambient temperatures in most UWindsor buildings. It is an energy-efficient system, says chief operating engineer Mark Lambert, but one that is sensitive to external conditions.