AC turned on to counter warmer weather


Luke Chval

Thermostats will be showing lower numbers when the AC comes on in the coming weeks. Photo by Mikaela Acton

On Friday April 4 the administration sent out a message to all RBHS teachers, explaining the recent heating and cooling change, which happens around this time every year, that the water cooling system used to facilitate air conditioning at RBHS will begin to function again.

“The air conditioning in this building is run by a water cooling station, so that during times when the water could freeze, such as the winter, the system is shut down,” assistant principal Brian Gaub said. “At the same time, the heating in this building is run by internal water pipes so that the availability for heat is always available, but the extent that the water in those pipes are heated changes through the seasons, so that in January it is heated a lot and in July it isn’t used at all.”

As it usually is, the cooling water system is restarted in the early spring. During this time of fluctuating weather, the air conditioning and the heating system are used at the same time, which can make the building feel too warm or too cold at certain times.

“The studies and science wings of the school are often too cold,” sophomore Katy Lydon said. “But I don’t have many complaints about the rest of the school.”

Although this can be a drawback to the school, fortunately there will soon be air conditioning available for hot days, which will decrease the humidity and heat that the school has been facing recently.

Because of the unsteady temperatures that the school will face in the coming months, the email warned teachers of sudden changes in the temperature due to cold fronts and recommended dressing in layers.
By Luke Chval