Things get heated inside Huntsville City Schools’ HVAC ‘War Room’

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) - When you finally got your kids to school after 2 and 3 hour delays Thursday morning, did you worry about chilly classrooms? Don't fret. WHNT News 19 learned if you are the parent of a Huntsville City school student, you can put you mind at ease.

Keeping the heat on at more than 50 buildings across Huntsville City Schools takes more than a trip over to the thermostat -- it takes technology.

We got a unique look at the system which keeps an eye on the heating situation all across the district. Affectionately known as the 'war room,' central command for school HVAC systems are controlled by Roy Sweatman, his assistant Lavonne McFarland and the Trane Tracer E-S System.

They monitor facility temperatures all day and all night.

"Yes sir, my job is to monitor this the 8 hours that I'm here and I can even keep an eye on things from home if an issue needs to be addressed," Sweatman explains.

Sweatman and his team can troubleshoot and run diagnostics on more than 4,000 units across the district with the click of a mouse. He can change the output temperature with ease and many times, can remotely resolve an issue with one of the units.

"I can do a quick overview and see if I have any rooms that are out of our boundary set points. And then go to each individual room and troubleshoot it, then if need to dispatch a technician to go and do the repair."

Wednesday night, target temperatures across the district were set at 74 degrees and left that way over night so students and teachers could walk into toasty classrooms.

Click below to learn how the school system puts a battle plan into place before, during and after an extreme weather event.

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