Important Dates

  • Buildings typically switch to HEAT in mid-October
  • Buildings typically switch to AIR CONDITIONING (if available) in mid-April

If we all follow these guidelines, everyone in your building should feel comfortable

  • Keep any heat-producing elements, such as computer monitors and TV screens, away from the sensor

    • Failure to do so will result in the artificial increase of the air temperature around the sensor and reduce the flow of heat or increase the flow of cooled air to the entire building.

  • Keep your window closed when it is cold outside

    • If the temperature in the room drops because the window is open, the flow of heat will increase to the entire building, causing overheating.

  • Do not use portable heaters 

    • Additional heaters increase the temperature in the room and decrease the flow of heat to the rest of the building 

    • Portable heaters are also prohibited by the University Energy Conservation Initiatives.

  • If your room has a thermostat or sensor, your behavior could affect the heating and cooling system performance throughout the building, especially your immediate neighbors ​

    • "With great power, comes great responsibility" (Benjamin Parker, better known as Uncle Ben from Spider-man)

If the temperature still feels uncomfortable, what's next? 

  • Read the temperature in your room (if you have a thermostat) and see if it is outside our "Tiger Zone":

    • Spaces are heated to 68 f/20c in the winter
    • Spaces are cooled to 78 f/26c in the summer 

  • If you don't have a thermostat, or your thermostat reads above or below our temperature targets, please call the Service Center at (609) 258-8000

  • If you are using a classroom or common space outside of regular hours and the heating or cooling has turned off, please Email cscs@princeton.edu with a campus location and time range for temperature adjustments

  • For more information, please read our University Conservation Initiatives Guide​

Go to Temperature Adjustment in Services