Campus Temperature FAQ

These are some of the most frequently asked questions about temperatures in buildings around campus.

If you have any immediate concerns, please contact the UCF Work Control Center at http://fo.ucf.edu/work-request. For any other questions or comments please contact us at energy@ucf.edu

Does the university have a standard for indoor temperatures?

Yes, please refer to the Sustainable Energy policy (3-111.1). During cooling seasons the temperature standard is 70-74°F and during the heating season the temperature standard is 68-70°F.

What should I do if I am uncomfortable with the temperature in campus facility?

If you feel that the temperature does not fall within the published university standards, simply submit a work order to the UCF work control center http://www.fo.ucf.edu/. The Facilities & Safety staff will respond in a timely manner to determine if the temperature in the reported space is outside of the temperature standard, established by the university. If the temperature is found to be outside of these limits, corrective action will be taken.

Why am I always too hot (or too cold)?

There are a whole host of variables that affect the personal comfort level of individuals with regard to environmental conditions. These variables include such things as air temperature, radiant temperature from the environment (through glazing), air movement, relative humidity, personal clothing, metabolism, and personal activity level. Given these factors, at any one time, as many as half the occupants of a large commercial building may be uncomfortable with the temperature.

Why can't I adjust my own temperature?

As a state university, UCF has certain budgetary restrictions imposed on all new construction projects. To accomplish individual temperature control would be normally cost prohibitive. As a result of these restrictions, 5 or 6 individual offices are grouped into a single "zone", which in turn has a single temperature set point.

Won't we save a lot of money by warming up our buildings?

The heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems in the large University commercial buildings are very different than the systems in our homes. In our homes, we can simply raise our thermostat while we are not at home, resulting in substantial energy savings. Large commercial buildings have very complex heating and air conditioning systems, controlled by an onsite building automation system. These complex systems often use both heating and cooling systems, simultaneously, to control the indoor environment. Increasing temperature set points often results in higher energy costs.

What is the connection between humidity, temperature and comfort?

There is a complex relationship between humidity, temperature and individual comfort. The study of this relationship is called psychometrics. In addition to temperature and humidity, air movement and radiant temperature (from exterior glazing) have large influences on personal comfort.

How can I get more comfortable with the temperature?

If you are uncomfortable and it is determined that you space is within the university temperature standard dress in layers, keep a sweater, jacket, or lap blanket in the office and be prepared to add or remove outer layers of clothing for your personal comfort.

Why does my office get too warm on the hottest days or too cold on the coldest days?

When the engineers designed the university buildings, they used historic weather data to predict what future weather trends the building would experience. They size the heating and cooling equipment to meet the environmental conditions 95% of the time. So during the warmest and coldest extreme weather events, the equipment is undersized and cannot meet the load. During these times, it is suggested that building occupants modify their dress accordingly to improve their personal comfort level.

Why does my AC quit, when we experience a momentary outage of electricity?

The air conditioning systems in the large campus buildings are controlled by a host of electronic sensors, actuators and controllers. Most of this equipment is not supported by an emergency power system. Even a very short interruption in power, can reset this equipment, turning it off. Depending on the equipment and the type of power interruption, the equipment may begin operating normally, once the power is restored. If the equipment does not automatically start back up it will require intervention from the Facilities & Safety staff.