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Staying Warm This Fall and Winter


Many halls are heated by hot water circulating throughout their building. The actual heating units are either large radiators or baseboard radiator units. Congreve, Mills, Fairchild, Handler, Peterson, Haaland and ATW have fan coil units.

Alexander, Jessie Doe, Congreve, Lord, Devine, McLaughlin, Englehardt, Mills, Minis, Gibbs, Randall, Hetzel, Sawyer, Hitchcock, Scott, Handler, Peterson, Haaland, Hunter, and ATW

The above halls have thermostatic valves on all radiators with the exception of Congreve, Mills, Fairchild, Handler, Peterson, Haaland and ATW (which have wall-mounted thermostats). In the halls that don't have wall-mounted thermostats, these valves are attached on or near to the hot water line, where the pipe enters the heater. These valves have an adjustable Thermostate Located on Radiatorknob functioning like a thermostat. Turning the knob clockwise decreases the heat. Turning the knob counterclockwise will increase the heat. It may take a little experimentation to find the desired room temperature setting.

Woodside and Gables North and South follow the same set-up as above. At Woodside apartments, the thermostat valve is located on or near the radiator in the living room. This valve controls heat for the entire apartment. In Gables North and South, each room has it's own thermostat valve that controls temperature in each room. Gables A, B and C have wall-mounted thermostats located in the living room. This one wall mounted thermostat controls the temperature for the entire apartment.

It's important to note that you may still hear water running through the radiator even if you have the valve all the way closed. This keeps a small amount of water circulating to help prevent freeze-ups.


The Babcock, Stoke, Christensen, Williamson and Hubbard Halls are heated with electric heat.

These halls have thermostats that residents can adjust to regulate room temperature. Electricity is purchased from Public Service Company of New Hampshire (PSNH). Because electricity prices are expensive, a bill for all halls on campus could run up to $160,000 per month and $1.1 million for academic year. The cost of electricity, campus wide, is about $5 million per year.

Our electric bill from PSNH includes a “demand charge” in addition to charges for the actual electricity we use. The demand charge is determined by our maximum use of electricity for any given half-hour period. The demand charge from PSNH is usually determined by our maximum use of electricity between 7:00 AM and 8:00 PM Monday through Friday. To keep the demand down, the university runs electric heat on cycles of thirty minutes. This is why the heater in your room may seem cooler than at other times. As it gets colder outdoors, the electric heat runs a greater number of minutes during each half hour cycle. If all the electric heat came on at the same time, our demand charge would be very high. For additional UNH energy information go to

Heating Tips & Pointers

If your room has a thermostat control, find the desired setting and leave it there.

Do not block radiators and heaters with furniture or other belongings. Clearance is needed in order for heat to circulate properly in the room. Of note: any type of cord (i.e. computer, electrical, etc.) could melt if left in contact with the radiator or heater unit. Keep everything at least 6 inches away from heater.

Do not place any heat producing devices (computers, printers, refrigerators, microwaves, etc) near wall mounted thermostats. Doing so will cause the thermostat to read the room temperature incorrectly because of the heat given off by the device.

Make sure windows are closed at all times and latched tight to keep cold air out, particularly when leaving for the day or the weekend. The windows need to be latched tight in order to compress the weather stripping and to keep cold air out so pipes won't freeze. Please note that if a radiator freezes because a window was left open, you are held responsible for the cost of the damages.

In the electrically heated halls, do not turn the thermostat down when leaving for any vacation or long period of time. The temperature settings are lowered automatically by a Computer Demand Control System. If the thermostat gets turned down, the control system will not be able to warm your room adequately before your return.

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