Given the time of year, heating is our priority, consistent with requirements of relevant Chicago building code. We will typically default to heating service and only switch to cooling if conditions are expected to result in discomfort. This will be the case through winter and spring, until June 1st. As it stands with the present weather outlook, we will be on the edge of conditions calling for heat, though it may go off on warmer days. Typically we expect the need for heating when outdoor temps are in the mid to low 50s or colder. AC will remain available but only come on when the sun is out at around 60 degrees and higher.
This range of outdoor temps is typically where we see the need to make adjustments for comfort. 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. Our staff will monitor those very closely should we need to switch manually or make adjustments. Also, feedback from residents can help trigger manual adjustments which can improve comfort.
UNFORTUNATELY – GOING FROM HEATING TO COOLING AND BACK CAN TAKE SEVERAL HOURS!! When the weather changes quickly, the switchovers can be challenging. We cannot just flip a switch – the water temperature in the pipes must have time to moderate before it can be run through the boilers or chillers. It can take as long as 6 to 8 hours to go from heating to cooling. So on those days when it is 40 degrees in the morning, but it gets into the 70s in the afternoon, it may take quite awhile to for cooling to be available (if at all). Also, we realize full sun during the day turns half of the building into a green house. We have no control over that so we appreciate your patience in such conditions.
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. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call the office 773-769-3250.