General Heating Information

Although the Drew University campus has a variety of heating systems, there is some general knowledge that can be useful in understanding how most buildings are supplied with heat.

Many of the larger buildings are equipped with outside air sensors that serve a variety of functions. Most importantly, these devices signal the appropriate heating unit to supply heat when the outside air drops below 55°. These sensors also conserve energy when the outside air temperature exceeds 55°. This is not to say that buildings cannot be supplied with heat when the outside air temperature is not below 55°; however, in most of these cases an HVAC tradesperson is needed.

Day Schedules for the most of the buildings on campus, whether they are academic, residential, or auxiliary, are set at a target temperature between 68° and 70°.

Night Schedules for many of the academic buildings vary depending on the night classroom schedule. As a rule the buildings are set back at their scheduled closing time and return to normal heating schedule several hours before they are open for business. The night set-back temperature is approximately 65°.

Night Schedules for the residential buildings vary depending on their size, constitution, material, and heating history, but generally follow a cycle similar to the academic buildings. The night set-back temperature is 65° between the hours of 11:30 p.m. and 6:30 a.m.

Heating Problems

During the change of seasons, Facilities Operations experiences the majority of its heating calls. Fluctuating temperatures often create stress on thermostats, heating systems, and outside air sensors. Often these devices require periodic adjustment. As it becomes colder more consistently, heating buildings becomes more routine. Knowing this, there are many ways students, resident advisors, faculty, and staff can do to allow Facilities to respond more effectively.

The current protocol for heating problems for students is to call Facilities Operations, Extension 3510. After 5:00 p.m. or on weekends, all calls should be directed to Public Safety, Extension 3379. Then a facilities person will come to take the temperature with a thermometer. It will take several minutes for the thermometer to accurately read the correct temperature. If the reading is below 68°, the temperature will be adjusted.

The person reporting the heat problem must identify the exact location. Please include information about the general status of the building and indicate whether only one room is cold or if a whole floor or building is affected.

Due to the variety of older buildings on campus, variations in temperature from room to room and floor to floor will occur. While the goal is to create a comfortable environment for all, it may not be readily feasible to achieve the heating set points in all rooms and in all locations at all times.