What do you know about your thermostat?
One of the most common obstacles in the quest for thermal comfort is the thermostat itself. Whether they’re difficult to find, read, understand, or adjust - we’ve found they’re often the culprit causing discomfort.
Here at the Energy Conservation Office we work closely with other departments to fine tune and monitor heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems on campus. One piece of the HVAC system we look into are the thermostats, because they can have a big impact on thermal comfort.
We can access some buildings' equipment remotely and create historical trends to see how they are performing over time.
We can’t always access thermostats though, making it difficult to help occupants in their time of thermal need. The good news is that in many cases, you may have the power to adjust your own thermostat!
A Guide to Campus Thermostats
In the guide below, you’ll see a variety of campus thermostats from different companies and/or various models from the same company. Do you recognize any?
Our office tracks information on thermostats because it helps us respond to your TherMOOstat feedback. TherMOOstat is our tool to crowdsource comfort data, and, as you may know, we read every comment and investigate each submission. We try to respond to your feedback as frequently as possible.
To respond to your TherMOOstat feedback in the best possible way, we need to make sure we have the most up-to-date information on your thermostat. We want to know more about what's out there on campus and we need your help! We also want you to feel empowered to adjust your thermostat by for your comfort, while knowing the effects to your neighbors and your energy use. So let's get started!
Step 1: Where's your thermostat?
If you've searched and have been unable to identify your thermostat's location, or what type of device you have, feel free to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org so we can help investigate your situation! Meanwhile, if you have identified your thermostat and what kind it is, it's time to talk about how to adjust your device.
Step 2: Adjusting your Thermostat
Increasing the set point
- move the slider up or turn the knob clockwise to increase the set point
- in the summer months, the temperature will not go below 74°F
Decreasing the set point
- move the slider down or the knob left to decrease the set point
- in the winter months, the temperature will not go above 68°F
With great power, comes great responsibility. Please read our article about the dos and don'ts of adjusting your thermostat.
At the Energy Conservation Office, we're here as a resource to help you find a balance between comfort and energy conservation. One way we can help is by increasing your understanding of how your buildings and thermostats work. We enjoy working with you, so please reach out with any questions.