So with the end of April almost here and my birthday around the corner, it was time to switch the boilers off for the summer. 2 of the heating boilers, (We have 4 heating boilers for the main school buildings and 2 for J Block) are shut down at the end of April, until (usually) mid-September. However, I normally leave the 2 heating boilers for J Block switched on, until the end of may, due to the evenings being rather chilly.
However, the day I switch off the heating always causes problems, as I have Teachers and Teaching Assistants go up in arms because the heating is switched off. Our head, (Karen) got bombarded with staff complaints at lunchtime, even though an email had been sent to all staff, stating the heating was being switched off, but I am leaving 2 of the main school boilers lit, just in-case the weather turned colder and that the Residential Block (Junior House) boilers would also remain lit and would still have heat for 2 hours every morning and every evening.
I also made it quite clear that I would also be monitoring the weather and the decision to switch the heating back on, would be dependant on the weather. I wish they would stop moaning, it has been a really nice day today and certainly not warm enough for the heating. Granted, this evening it has got rather chilly, so I have put mine on at home. Also, over at the school, I have switched on the underfloor heating in the Sports Hall, as the borders are using it this evening.
Hot water is supplied through massive water tanks, which are gas-fired and are separate to the heating boilers.
Often, I wonder if the Teachers have nothing better to do than complain! I don’t see admin or care staff complaining though, they seemed alright with it! 🙂