No heat/no cool in effect at the Wolf Pack
KUNSAN AIR BASE, Republic of Korea -- Many individuals may have noticed the change in the temperature, especially throughout the dormitories.
The cause of this change is the result of the No Heat/No Cool program maintained by 8th Civil Engineer Squadron heating, ventilation and air conditioning Airmen.
The purpose of the program is to transition from cooling to heating during seasonal changes. The changeover allows HVAC systems to be evaluated and repaired before the heating season begins.
“The No Heat/No Cool period allows us to do proactive maintenance when the temperature is still moderate outside,” said Tech. Sgt. Adam Culver, 8th CES assistant NCOIC of HVAC and refrigeration. “As we switch from cool to heat and back, that proactive maintenance lets us find and fix problems now in just a couple weeks. Otherwise, something could break in the middle of January and heat might go out for much longer than it would during the No Heat/No Cool period.”
The heat will turn on when the temperature dips.
“The No Heat/No Cool period will run until the average temperature drops below 55°F for three consecutive days,” said Staff Sgt. Aaron Washington, 8th CES HVAC technician craftsman.
Once the temperature hits that point, the HVAC shop will be working to turn on all the heating systems around the installation ensuring all Wolf Pack members are comfortably warm during the winter.
The job is never ending for the shop of 13 military members, divided in a 24-hour shift to provide for the entire base.
“The Airmen from this shop work hard to make everything run as smoothly as possible,” Culver said. “We get the job done as a team.”
The use of space heaters at Kunsan is prohibited and facilities with heating systems not capable of providing suitable heat to occupied areas should be reported to facility managers. Exception to this policy can be granted but must be routed through appropriate channels.
While providing for 1,083 facilities, participation in the No Heat/No Cool program saves an average of about $521,870 during the program period.