Heat changeover to start in Wright-Patt buildings

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  • 88th Civil Engineer Squadron

WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio – As fall and winter seasons approach and temperatures decrease, 88th Civil Engineer Squadron personnel will embark on a two-fold mission starting Oct. 15.

  • Technicians will be shutting down summer air conditioning. It’s essential to winterize those units by draining them to prevent cold-weather damage.
  • Heat plant technicians will activate heating systems to keep facilities warm and comfortable once they ensure central plants and associated pipelines are in good order.

Mission support and facility sustainment remains the primary concern, and personnel will work efficiently to return all systems to normal operations as quickly as possible, 88 CES officials said. There will be a period where heating and air conditioning systems will both be shut down.

During this transition period, personnel may experience warm or cool indoor conditions when outside temperatures fluctuate. Facility occupants should check the weather forecast each morning and dress accordingly.

Electric space heaters are not permitted on WPAFB unless an individual has a doctor’s medical exemption, approval and recommendation from their supervisor, and final authorization by the Base Energy Office. Contact your facility manager or reference WPAFBI 90-1701 for further details concerning space heater approval.

Base officials warn that electric space heaters are a safety hazard and cost WPAFB more than using the base-heating systems.

If your building experiences cold temperatures this winter after the heat is activated, the facility manager should submit a service request through NexGen or call the 88 CES Service Desk at 937-257-3131.