HVAC

Each hall or house is different. Understanding how your space works can maximize your comfort and minimize moisture in the air.

Note: The heat and air-conditioning systems for Buist and Rutledge Rivers, College Lodge, Craig and McConnell are part of a campuswide network that uses chilled or hot water to heat or cool the air, with only one option at a time. Your buildings are set based on our average outdoor temperatures. In the winter, usually around November, we convert the system from cool to neutral and then heat; in the spring, usually February, we do it again in reverse. We keep an eye on the weather and email you when we’re making these changes.

Berry

  • The College manages your HVAC settings.
  • The recommended temperature settings for comfort and our campus energy standards range from 70F to 72F for heating, and from 72F to 74F for cooling.
  • Each room in your suite shares an HVAC closet where the thermostat is. (You do not have access to this closet.) The HVAC cools or heats based on the average temperature it senses in the closet between your two rooms.
  • If you are uncomfortable in your room due to the temperature feeling less than 68 or more than 74 for more than 24 hours, please submit a Work Order.

Buist 

  • Your HVAC system is managed by the unit under your window.
  • Open the access panel by flipping open the door. There you will find a dial that allows you to set your fan speed from low to high or off.
  • Please do not block the top of the unit where the air comes out.
  • If you are uncomfortable in your room due to the temperature feeling less than 68 or more than 74 for more than 24 hours, please submit a Work Order.

College Lodge

  • The College manages your HVAC settings. 
  • The recommended temperature settings for comfort and our campus energy standards range from 70F to 72F for heating, and from 72F to 74F for cooling.
  • To minimize moisture and condensation (and the problems they cause), you should increase your room temperature – not lower it. Warmer air holds onto the water in the air; colder air lets it settle onto surfaces. (Think about the dew you see on the ground in the early morning when the temps are at their lowest. If you’re not up that early, just trust us!)
  • If you are following these steps but your HVAC system is not working properly, please submit a Work Order.

Craig – with thermostat

  • Set your thermostat for comfort and our campus energy standards using these ranges:
    • For winter / spring: Heat, 70F to 72F
    • For summer / fall: Cool,, 72F to 74F
  • To minimize moisture and condensation (and the problems they cause), you should increase your room temperature – not lower it. Warmer air holds onto the water in the air; colder air lets it settle onto surfaces. (Think about the dew you see on the ground in the early morning when the temps are at their lowest. If you’re not up that early, just trust us!)
  • If you are following these steps but your HVAC system is not working properly, please submit a Work Order.

Craig – without thermostat 

  • The College manages your HVAC settings. Please do not adjust your thermostat if you have one in your room.
  • The recommended temperature settings for comfort and our campus energy standards range from 70F to 72F for heating, and from 72F to 74F for cooling.
  • If you are uncomfortable in your room due to the temperature feeling less than 68 or more than 74 for more than 24 hours, please submit a Work Order.

George, Liberty, Kelly, Warren, Historic Houses

  • Set your thermostat to AUTO-Cool or AUTO-Heat (not ON-Cool or ON-Heat)
    • Note: The terms AUTO or ON relate to the fan for your unit, not the heating or air. You want the fan to cycle on and off automatically (AUTO) to prevent condensation.
  • Set your thermostat for comfort and our campus energy standards using these ranges:
    • For winter / spring: AUTO-Heat 70F to 72F
    • For summer / fall: AUTO-Cool 72F to 74F
  • To minimize moisture and condensation (and the problems they cause), you should increase your room temperature – not lower it. Warmer air holds onto the water in the air; colder air lets it settle onto surfaces. (Think about the dew you see on the ground in the early morning when the temps are at their lowest. If you’re not up that early, just trust us!)
  • If you are following these steps but your HVAC system is not working properly, please submit a Work Order

McConnell

  • The College manages your HVAC settings.
  • The recommended temperature settings for comfort and our campus energy standards range from 70F to 72F for heating, and from 72F to 74F for cooling.
  • If you are uncomfortable in your room due to the temperature feeling less than 68 or more than 74 for more than 24 hours, please submit a Work Order.

Rutledge

  • The College manages your HVAC settings.
  • The recommended temperature settings for comfort and our campus energy standards range from 70F to 72F for heating, and from 72F to 74F for cooling.
  • If you are uncomfortable in your room due to the temperature feeling less than 68 or more than 74 for more than 24 hours, please submit a Work Order.