We realize this can be a tough time of year, but we can’t yet switch to cooling.
Our team has already been preparing Park Tower’s cooling plant for the coming summer season, and for the most part it’s ready to go. Despite the warmer weather we are having right now – and we do realize it can be uncomfortable on days like we are seeing this week – we cannot yet fill the cooling tower. The present weather outlook calls for a string of lows in the 30s next week, and sadly that has to be taken into consideration.
Please keep in mind, last year we did not even start the cooling plant until the middle of May.
We have to be mindful of the possibility for freezing temperatures. For that reason we keep a close eye to the weather forecast and once we are team feels comfortable that we can safely fill the cooling tower, they will. Given the time of year, heating remains our priority, consistent with requirements of the Chicago Heating Ordinance. 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.
WHEN WE CAN SAFELY SWITCH TO COOLING, please remember, until the heating plant is off for the season, it does take a lot of time to move to and from heating and cooling. There is no magical switch to turn one off and the other on. We can’t flood the system with cold water when it is already filled with hot water and visa/versa. That would do catastrophic damage to pipes and mechanical equipment. We need to allow the water temperature to moderate before flipping over. This process can take 6 to 8 hours, so please have patience.
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. E-mail us at email@example.com, or call the office 773-769-3250.