Air Conditioning and Heating in the Halls
Facts about switching
- When the temperature dips below 40 degrees for several days the air conditioning (cooling) will be turned off and the heat will be turned on.
When the halls re-open for the spring semester in January, the heat will be activated.
- For the hall to turn off one or switch to the other (before either #1 or #2 happens) more than 50% of the building residents must sign the request sheet at the front desk. Note a minimum of 48 hours is required for the change.
Fluctuating temperatures—often 30-40 degrees in one day—are a common occurrence in Arizona in the late fall and early spring months. Most UA buildings use hot water for heating and chilled water for cooling. The water is chilled or heated at a central plant on campus, piped underground to each building, and then circulated in each building to fan coil units in each room which act like radiators.
Most of the halls (dorms) use a two-pipe system, which does not allow for both heating and cooling at the same time. These halls include:
- Apache-Santa Cruz
The newer halls (dorms) use a four-pipe system, which does allow for both heating and cooling at the same time and is more flexible in controlling temperatures. These halls include:
- Árbol de la Vida
- Colonia de la Paz
- Posada San Pedro
- Pueblo de la Cienega
If you have additional questions or concerns, please contact your Community Director.