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IPF offers tips for navigating office temps during summer


June 30, 2014

MSU Infrastructure Planning and Facilities monitors the majority of campus building temperatures throughout the entire year. Since the buildings across campus have a wide variety of air-conditioning systems, recognizing a problem can be difficult. IPF offers the following information to help campus customers recognize potential problems and stay cool this summer in their work areas.

The majority of campus building temperatures are set at 75 degrees in the summer due to a university design standard to maximize the balance between occupant comfort and energy. Use this temperature on the thermostat as a guide to check if there might be an issue. If you are feeling uncomfortable and your thermostat shows it is higher than 75 degrees, call (517) 353-1760 to report a problem.

If the thermostat is set at 75 degrees or less and the temperature is uncomfortable, there are measures to help achieve and maintain a cool office while maximizing the comfort level. Follow these guidelines to avert the summer heat:

  • Try to keep the windows closed as often as possible. When the windows are open, hot air enters without being conditioned.
  • Keep doors between air-conditioned spaces open as much as possible, and doors to un-conditioned space closed.
  • Keep shades drawn to block any direct sunlight.
  • Turn off or unplug any appliances that generate heat when not in use, such as coffee makers, computers and lights.

MSU Infrastructure Planning and Facilities builds and maintains the physical environment for Michigan State University’s education, research and outreach missions, and directs the university’s campus sustainability initiatives and long-term infrastructure planning goals. The unit’s experienced team of professionals keeps MSU running 24/7/365, delivering an immense menu of services and providing expert analysis for university objectives. Call (517) 353-1760 for emergency service.

For the upcoming holiday weekend, Be Spartan Green and follow these energy savings tips:

  • Leave thermostats at the recommended temperature of 75 degrees. There is no need to set the temperature higher to save on cooling energy, and turning it up could turn on the system’s heating elements.
  • Turn off all lights, computers and lab equipment if possible.
  • Keep laboratory fume hood sashes closed.
  • Empty any mini-fridges and keep them unplugged over the holiday weekend.
  • Check to make sure windows are closed.
  • Make sure faucets are turned off and report any leaks.