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Heating and Cooling Your Residence Room

When unseasonable weather occurs, you may need to adjust the heating and cooling in your residence room. Take a look at the information below to understanding your in-room controls.

Heating and Cooling Info for Bates Hall, Edwards Hall, Matthews Hall, McKay Hall, Moulton Hall, and Wallingford Hall

 

How to Stay Warm

Your heating pipes are located under or around your desk. To help improve heat circulation, do not cover the grills on top of/under your desk or around your bookshelves. You will also notice better heat flow from the baseboard heater if you pull your bed a few inches from the wall.

If you live in Bates: Your living room is heated by a fan-coil unit which you can control by using the thermostat that is usually located on the wall near the closest closet to your apartment’s entrance. The higher the temperature setting on your thermostat, the more heat that goes into your fan-coil unit. There is a switch on the unit itself that controls the fan speed. In your bedroom, keep your bed and desk away from the fan-coil unit. The more space you can create around the bottom of the unit to maximize air circulation, the better your heating system will work.

If your room is cold, report this to your Service Centre. Do not augment the building heat with an electric heater

How to Stay Cool

If you are living in a residence without air conditioning, we strongly suggest you have a small fan to help keep the air in your room moving. Face the fan outwards to draw the heat out of your room during the days and face the fan inwards to draw the cool night air into the room in the evenings. Closing all drapes/blinds during the days will also assist in keeping the room cooler. You are not permitted to install your own air conditioner.

Heating and Cooling Info for Hedden, Les Prince and PGCLL

 

How to Stay Warm

You have fan coil units to help circulate the air around your room better. In order for these units to work most efficiently, they must have as much room around them as possible.

How to Stay Cool

Just like with staying warm, the fan coil units will circulate the cool air around your room. The air conditioning levels in these buildings respond automatically to the outside temperature. If it gets cool outside, the air conditioning will turn off.

For a thorough explanation, please watch the video.

Heating and Cooling Info for

Brandon, Whidden and Woodstock

You have fan coil units to help circulate the air around your room better. In order for these units to work most efficiently, they must have as much room around them as possible. Watch the video to know how to use this fan coil unit properly.

Heating and Cooling Info for

Mary E. Keyes Residence

In Mary E. Keyes Residence, heat is supplied to the suite by two fan-forced heaters in the living room. Air is drawn in from the bottom; this area must be kept clear of obstructions. To control the level of heat, thermostats are located in bedrooms B and C. Bedroom B stat controls the level of heat in bedrooms A and B and part of the common living space. Bedroom C stat controls the level of heat in bedrooms C and D and the rest of the common living space.