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Is Your Student's Room Feeling Too Hot or Cold?

Binghamton's residence halls house 150-350 residents.  As such, it's difficult to make every room the "perfect" temperature.  Buildings temperatures are kept at 68-72 degrees during fall/winter and temperature controlled buildings (Cascade, Hunter, Marcy, Windham, Mohawk, Rockland & Saratoga) are kept at 72-76 degrees during spring/summer.  Please note that it takes some time to get the building up to temperature; especially during the fall and spring when outdoor temperatures regularly fluctuate. If your student's room has a thermostat, please note that your adjustment range is limited.

If your student is feeling hot or cold, there are a couple of things they can do to help maintain the temperature in their residence hall room.

Spring/Summer

It may seem basic, but here are some tips for feeling cooler in their room:

  • If they are not in a temperature-controlled building, place a box fan in the window - this can help pull cooler air into the room while drawing the warmer air out. (If they are in a temperature-controlled buildilng, opening windows can make it take longer for the air conditioning to cool the room down)
  • Close their blinds during the day to block the sun.
  • Turn off electrical heat sources (computer, lamps, tv, etc).  These all generate heat.
  • Dress for the heat: wear natural fabrics (cotton, silk, linen) rather than polyester, rayon or other artificial fibers.  Wearing lighter colors can reflect light and heat.

Fall/Winter

Is your student feeling too cold? Here are a couple of ideas:

  • Make sure their window is securely closed (being open a crack can let a lot of cold air in).  If they are in an apartment or suite, please be aware that any open window will affect the heat.  Sometimes they may be too cold while their roommate is too hot - they have to compromise with their room/apartment-mates.
  • Make sure the heat vents are clear - if their bed is pushed up against it, the vents cannot push the hot air into the room.
  • If their room has a thermostat, make sure there are no electrical heat sources (computer, lamps, refrigerator, etc) near it.  The thermostat can mistake the heat generated by the appliances for the overall temperature of the room.
  • Dress for the cold: while shorts and a tank top might be comfortable, chances are the halls won't feel warm enough.  Wear a long sleeve shirt, long pants and socks (you loose a lot of heat through your feet!)
If they've followed these tips and their room still feels too hot/cold, there may be a problem with the heating/air conditioning system.  Encourage your student to see their RA to have the temperature checked.  If the room is running too hot or cold the RA can help connect them with Physical Facilities.

Last Updated: 7/23/13