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Heating and Cooling

We aim to maintain constant and comfortable temperatures inside all our campus buildings year-round. Fluctuating outdoor temperatures may sometimes impact our ability to meet this service goal.

Seasonal temperature changes

Every spring and fall, our cooling and heating systems work hard to make the switchover to accommodate seasonal temperature changes. In order to keep offices and classrooms as comfortable as possible, the cooling system is turned on once overnight temperatures are consistently above freezing. The heating system is turned on once overnight temperatures are consistently cool.

It can then take two weeks to fully transition the system in all buildings. Unseasonable temperature fluctuations during this time may cause you to feel too cool or too warm.

Tips for staying comfortable

There are some measures you can take to help improve your comfort, particularly during seasonal temperature changes. You may want to consider some of these tips:

  • Dress in layers
  • Keep an extra sweater handy
  • Close blinds or curtains
  • Keep interior doors open to improve airflow

Heating and cooling requests

Ryerson buildings are set to operate at a temperature of 22 °C (plus or minus 4 °C) during regular operational hours. During off-hours and weekends, some buildings have adjusted heating and cooling temperatures to conserve energy.

If your workspace is abnormally hot or cold and requires attention, you can submit a service request to let us know. Heating and cooling service requests are processed as follows:

  1. A mechanic checks the temperature control setting for the area, which can often be done remotely.

  2. A physical review of the local system may be required, which may or may not include staff coming directly into your area.

  3. If temperature issues persist beyond 24 hours from the time of your request, please contact the FMD Help Desk at 416-979-5091 or to check in. We can provide an update on any steps we’ve taken to resolve your request, and can update your service request with any new details from your end.

For more information

For more information, check out this Ryerson Works behind-the-scenes article that looks at the impressive engineering behind temperature control across campus buildings.