In fact we only have a few more things to do in order to get our cooling plant ready to start humming. The Board approved repairs to the main chillers, which are underway, and Maintenance reported that should be finished by April 20th. At that time, we should be able to switch as needed.
Given the time of year, heating is our priority, consistent with requirements of Chicago building codes. Once our system is ready though, we expect to have cooling available should the weather call for it. We expect by June, the heating plant will be taken out of service for seasonal maintenance, and the system will default to cooling for the duration of the summer.
As it stands with the present weather outlook, heating will need to remain available most days, though it may go off on warmer days. Once the AC is ready to go, cooling will come on when the sun is out at around 60 degrees and higher and heating when outdoor temps are in the mid to low 50s or colder. This range of temps is typically where we see the demand fluctuate this time of year. We have sensors throughout the interior and exterior of the building, including the hallways which usually give us a pretty good idea of temps in PT homes. So our staff will monitor those very closely should we need to switch manually or make adjustments.
Owner and resident feedback is always welcome and greatly appreciated. While it can be a challenge with how quickly the weather can change, and how quickly the water temperature in the pipes can transition, we realize full sun during the day turns half of the building into a green house. So we ask for your patience in such conditions. Nonetheless, feedback from residents can help trigger manual adjustments which can improve comfort.
While it will not be 100% comfortable for 100% of our residents, 100% of the time, resident comments and observations can help us make adjustments and improve conditions as much as possible. Shoot us an e-mail at Parktowercondo@draperandkramer.com, or call the office 773-769-3250.