Our 13 Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning (HVAC) mechanics are responsible for keeping us cool in the summer and warm in the winter. The HVAC team’s responsibilities include general upkeep, maintenance, and repairs to mechanical systems in buildings across the campus. Routine services include:
The HVAC, Central Plant and Operations Support groups are responsible for reliable, consistent, and controlled comfort and process heating, cooling and ventilation. This includes maintaining temperature and humidity control of classrooms, labs, and offices to provide a safe working and learning environment for students, faculty and staff. The department also provides preventive maintenance that includes changing air filters and cleaning mechanical systems throughout campus.
The Facilities Services team works hard to manage energy costs throughout campus. According to the Energy Star program, each degree of higher temperature set point within buildings during the summers can save about 3% on cooling costs.
UTEP has a temperature set-back policy that standardizes building temperatures to remain at 70 degrees when the mean daily temperature is 70 or less and is adjusted up to 73 degrees when the mean daily temperature is greater than 70 (with exceptions for specialized facilities and labs).
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