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Q: Why can't UA turn on the AC?
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A: We've all been loving the unseasonably warm temperatures, except for the fact that it seems even warmer indoors on campus.

If you have been wondering why UA can't simply flip the switch and let the magic of modern air conditioning cool our brows, here's the short answer…

UA uses a high-temperature hot water and chilled-water system to manage indoor temperatures in most campus buildings. It's a cost-effective way to heat and cool a lot of buildings in close proximity. When the shift from heating to cooling occurs on April 15 of every year, it takes the system about a week to adjust.

So why not make the switch already? There's a risk in shifting to air conditioning too soon, says Joe Gregor, who oversees campus maintenance. If a severe cold snap occurs after the switch, UA risks losing all the individual cooling coils in the buildings. The cost would be in the millions.

So Gregor and his team play the averages, choosing April 15 as the day to switch to cool air, and Oct. 15 to switch to heat, if the weather permits.
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The University of Akron's Zipmail is a compilation of University announcements for University students, sent each Friday unless circumstances require otherwise. The deadline for submissions to be considered by the University is 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday.

Zipmail is a University of Akron communication vehicle established for the benefit of The University of Akron to communicate with its students. Items will be accepted for publication only when the University is directly involved in the activity through participation, sponsorship, or partnership with one of its recognized organizations, colleges or departments. The University reserves the right to edit or to refuse to run any submission for any reason. Zipmail is not, nor is it intended to be, a public forum or a limited public forum. Questions about the implementation of this policy may be directed to zipmail@uakron.edu.

Items to be considered for inclusion in Zipmail should be sent through the Zipmail Event Submission Form. Due to the volume of submissions received, items will not run more than one time.

Questions about specific announcements should be made to the contact person/department/organization listed in the announcement.Your event will automatically be forwarded to the University's online calendar. The Zipmail Coordinator can be reached at x2837.
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