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March 30, 2013

PSU dorm temperatures a "Goldilocks" tale

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Hartman said that if students bring air leaks to the attention of maintenance, more caulking can be applied to windows and fix the problem.

Another reason temperatures can fluctuate, Circelli said, is when a resident opens a window located near a thermostat. The device detects the increase in cool air, thus increases heat for the rooms on that floor.

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As well, some students may be unknowingly contributing to the problem.

Some put their beds and belongings against the radiators, thus blocking the circulation of heat.

Circelli explained that the heat flows from the bottom up through the radiators — they need space to circulate heat.

Students should not tamper with the heat, he added, when they don’t understand how the system works.

Each individual has a different level of comfort, Hartman noted. Some may like cool rooms while others prefer warmer temperatures.

Adirondack Hall resident Franco Bastida says his room gets so hot that he and his roommate, Zachary Wilcox, sometimes get sore throats.

Wilcox, however, told the Press-Republican the room is chilly at times, but it is generally just right. 

He said it does not get cold enough for him to complain to maintenance but enough for him to wear a T-shirt to bed.

Santiago Loja, on the second floor of Adirondack Hall, said his room is too hot; first-floor Macomb resident Hillary Miranda said her room can be quite warm in the winter, so she uses a humidifier to stay cool.

Stephanie Pierre, who resides on Macomb’s third floor, said she is either too cold or too warm. There is no happy medium.

Katy Brooks on the first floor of Kent said her room is hot in the morning and normal throughout the day.

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Mehri said she hadn’t complained to anyone about her too-warm room because she does not know what they could do about it.

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