Building Heating & Cooling Guidelines

Facilities Management is aware of the impact internal temperature variations can have on the comfort and productivity of building occupants. Therefore, we have developed the following guidelines to assist in the understanding of our goals for providing the optimum working environment.

Heating Guidelines

Heating Season: The goal is to maintain temperatures above 67 degrees F in campus buildings during the winter season from October through April.

Cooling Guidelines

Cooling Season: The goal is to maintain temperatures below 78 degrees F in campus buildings during the summer season from May through September.

Season Changes

It is difficult to present a simple description of the seasonal temperature switchover policy because of the variety of buildings and building HVAC systems. When determining the exact switchover date for each building, Facilities Management considers prevailing weather patterns, the building’s HVAC system, the system controls, and building usage. We then coordinate with the building proctor to reach a mutually agreeable date for the switchover. However, since the spring and fall temperatures can be extremely variable, even the best HVAC system can be put to the test in these conditions. Unfortunately a building’s internal temperatures may vary by as much as 15 degrees F on a temporary basis during these unpredictable seasons.


For those wanting consideration for temperature sensitive animals or research, temperature exemption forms are available by calling Facilities Management Dispatch at 970-491-0077. Each request will be evaluated individually.


Most buildings have designated occupied hours. To help save energy, the building temperatures may be changed from the normal operating set points during expected unoccupied hours. If you plan to work during a designated unoccupied period, you may encounter temperatures that are different than during the occupied hours. It is advisable to be prepared with the appropriate clothing.

Additional Resources

If the general guidelines and the data specific to your building is not sufficient, please contact your building proctor or Lori Meyers.