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DPW prepares for cooling to heating

By Susan C. Galentine | Directorate of Public Works sustainability specialist

FORT CARSON, Colo. — The Directorate of Public Works (DPW) operations and maintenance contractor, T&H Services, begins the seasonal transition from cooling to heating in early October 2021.

Although the process to turn off cooling to buildings begins in early October, activating heating systems is based on seasonal temperatures or as directed by the garrison commander to conserve energy and reduce installation utility costs.

The following is a tentative schedule, subject to change as weather dictates, for shutting down and isolating cooling systems. During this period, buildings’ heating systems will go through a check and be prepared for heating season.

  • Early October: All child care facilities, Soldier barracks, community service facilities (chapels, legal, etc.), operational dining facilities and post and division headquarters buildings.
  • Mid October: All remaining buildings, facilities and industrial areas.

During heating season, the temperature for comfort heating is set in accordance with command policy. The policy requires temperature set points for barracks and offices to be set at 70 degrees to keep the space temperatures between 68 and 72 degrees during occupied hours. Due to special requirements, medical facilities will keep the temperature in their facilities at 72 degrees and child care/youth facilities no warmer than 74 degrees.

Maintenance shops, bays, supply areas, warehouses, gymnasiums and hangars should be set at 60 degrees.

During periods where facilities are unoccupied, the building temperatures should be set back to 55 degrees and monitored during cold periods to prevent damage from pipes freezing.

If heating is needed higher than the policy temperature ranges, an exception must be requested through the DPW.

For more information about the cooling to heating season transition, call DPW at 719-526-9241 or

Building occupants can call in service orders for maintenance and repair, including heating issues, to the contractor at 719-526-5345. Service orders can be called in 24/7.

DPW prepares for cooling to heating
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