Thermostat FAQs

My building has limited digital controls.  Why doesn't it save energy for me to turn the thermostat up to 80° in the summer?

Turning the thermostat all the way up in the summer doesn't turn it off; it just means that your room will try to maintain a temperature of 80°.  Air conditioning is provided on campus through the efficient central production of chilled water.  Above 75°, your room can no longer provide the requested temperature by simply delivering less chilled water, so the fan coil will reheat the air using electricity.  If you have fan speed control in your office, you can save energy by turning the fan off.  

How do the thermostats work in the individual dorm rooms in the residence halls?

Individual dorm rooms typically have manual override controls to return them to "occupied" mode to ensure the comfort of residents. Gently lifting the lever on the side and letting it drop causes the heat (or air conditioning) to turn back on. Taping the lever in the "up" position or removing the thermostat cover will break the thermostat.

Will I be charged for putting in a Facilities Requisition to get my thermostat repaired?

No. Thermostats can break due to normal wear and tear and your department or residence hall will not be charged for the repairs unless the damage was intentional.

If my office is too cold, is it okay to use a space heater?

No.  A space heater uses more energy than all other appliances in an office put together, including the lighting, computer, printer, and peripherals. 


Please call 631-7701 if the temperature of your office is not falling within normal building temperatures.