Heating and Cooling System
The steam used to heat your building is provided by the campus’ energy plant. Steam is forced through a series of underground pipes into a set of pipes in the basement of your building. The steam is then sent upward through risers, carrying heat to each floor. Your room contains a radiator through which the heat is then radiated into your room.
The heating system in your building has been divided into zones which allows for direct control of the temperature in each zone. Thermostatic sensors have been installed in each zone. These thermostatic sensors collect temperature data. The data collected by the sensor is averaged and steam flows or stops flowing into each zone in your building depending on this data. As a result, the amount of steam that is supplied to all of the radiators in a particular zone is determined by the temperature in the rooms that contain thermostatic sensors.
- Heat Zone Locations
Edwards Hall is divided into four heat zones which are serviced individually by the steam system. For zone locations please see the illustration:
- Thermostatic Sensors
There are two thermostatic sensors for each for the four zones in your building. They are located in rooms located on the second and fifth floor.
Tips for Residents of Rooms Containing Thermostatic Sensors
As a resident of a room containing a thermostatic sensor your behavior will affect the heating system performance throughout the building. Please follow these simple guidelines:
- Keep any heat producing elements such as computer monitors and TV screens away from your sensor. Failure to do so will result in the artificial increase of the air temperature around the sensor and reduce the flow of heat to the entire zone.
- Keep your window closed when it is cold outside. An open window will cause the temperature in your room to drop. This will result in an increase in the flow of steam to the entire zone, causing every room in the zone to be over-heated.
- Report problems with your radiator immediately. If your radiator is not producing heat and you sense that the temperature in your room is below 70 degrees (see University Energy Conservation Iniatiatives for temperature targets), contact the Facilities Service Center. Please be as specific as possible noting the date and time the problem began. Technicians will be sent to your room to access and repair the problem.
Reporting a Problem
Please contact the Facilities Service Center to report any heating problem you may encounter. Our technicians will be sent to your room to assess and repair the problem.
Edwards Hall is not air conditioned. If you wish you may cool your room with an electric fan. Window unit air conditioners are not permitted in dormitories.