Knowing Your Heat

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Every building on campus has thermostats to control the heat. Some buildings have individual thermostats in each dorm room and office, while some buildings have zoned heating and occupants in a cluster must share a thermostat.  At Bates, standard temperature settings should be within 68 to 72 degrees Fahrenheit during the winter season.

We know that sometimes problems occur and spaces get too cold or too hot.  If this happens, here are steps you can take to address the problem:

  1. Check your heat control and set it cooler or warmer as needed. There are several different types of controls throughout campus. They fall into two categories:

Valves located directly on or near the heating unit:

These may have numbers (usually #1-6), dots, snowflakes, and/or sun & moon icons. For all, turning the valve clockwise (lower numbers, smaller dots, etc.) closes the regulator, turning heat down. The opposite direction opens the regulator turning heat up.  One problem with this style is it requires regular adjustment because it puts out a constant heat flow based on knob setting regardless of changing space conditions.

Wall-mounted thermostats (may be shared with other rooms or areas) including:

  • Traditional round Honeywell thermostats with direct temperature readings which may be controlled by occupants;
  • Digital programmable thermostats which may be controlled by occupants;
  • Limited adjustment types (in Pettengill, Roger Williams, Hedge, and 280 College) that can be adjusted up or down within a set range but may not show temperature;
  • Other types that have no user adjustment and are controlled by Building Automation Systems.
  1. Check your baseboard heater. Is it blocked by furniture or smothered with objects such as rugs, bedding, or clothing? This will block the heat.  Baseboard heaters must be clear of objects by a minimum of 6 inches in order to work properly.
  2. Talk with your neighbors. Are their thermostats set too high? Agree on a mid-range.
  3. If your room is still too hot or too cold or you have difficulty understanding your control method, please click here to submit a work request.  Heating technicians responding to your request will need clear access to heating and controlling systems.