University Housing started the transition to heat in the residence halls this week. You’ll begin to feel heat starting today.

This is just in time for a weekend low that dips into the high 30s as fall arrives.

University Housing follows the same heating and cooling policy as the rest of campus.

We strive to keep temperatures within the comfort range, 68-72 degrees.

Should you experience any extreme conditions outside that range, please contact your coordinator for residence education, our maintenance service center 479-575-7005 or submit an online maintenance request (https://housing.uark.edu/fixit).

This transition process takes a couple days to allow our hydronics systems to slowly and safely adjust from the 40 degree chill water we use for cooling to the 120 degree water we use for heating.

If your room gets too hot, please adjust your thermostat and do not open a window. The cold air from the outside will make your thermostat believe it needs to provide more heat to your space, creating the opposite effect from what you desire.

There are wide variations in personal comfort levels based on individual preference and physical condition of residence space. Everything from the age of the building, location of the building, type of heating units and other factors can sometimes impact the regulating of comfortable temperatures to individual rooms. In some cases, a room’s proximity to mechanical areas or steam/hot water lines makes it challenging to regulate room temperatures. For others, a southern exposure and ample windows provide added heat to rooms.

Keeping your blinds closed on sunny days will help reduce added heat load. Our larger residence halls have systems with either passive strip heaters along the base board warming the room by convection or fan-powered unit heaters with individual room control. Our newer facilities have automatic control systems and residents need not make any adjustments to their controls.

As a reminder, do not block the intake or exhaust vents on the fan coil unit within your room as this will impact the efficient operation of the system. Our larger residence halls have systems with either passive strip heaters along the baseboard warming the room by convection or fan-powered unit heaters with individual room control.