Residence Heating

Heating Systems

  • Hot water circulates through a finned pipe inside a metal cover; keep area around convector clear at all times
  • Pipes are prone to freezing; do not leave your window open when it's extremely cold outside

Residence Heating Systems

The following is a description of how to operate the heating system in Student Residences. A few anomalies are included that may be helpful. Most of the heating systems in Residences rely on a process called "convection" where hot water circulates through a finned pipe inside a metal cover and the heated air surrounding the pipe rises into the room.

CONVECTION:

a) the transference of heat in a liquid or gas by currents resulting from unequal temperature and the consequent unequal densities.

b) a thermal process whereby atmospheric circulation is maintained through the upward or downward transfer of air masses of different temperature. [Hot air rises and cold air falls]

The temperature of the water flowing through the convectors varies inversely with the outside air temperature. As the outside temperature falls (winter) the heating water temperature is increased. This is a pre-determined schedule initially set by the Designing Engineer. This approach allows a large heating system to respond to the weather without the cost of numerous and expensive controls.

The water in each residence building is heated with steam which is produced at the Central Utilities Plant and distributed through underground pipes to all the major buildings.

For All Residence Heating Systems

  • IT IS IMPORTANT THAT THE AREA AROUND THE CONVECTOR BE KEPT CLEAR AT ALL TIMES. THE SYSTEM RELIES ON NATURAL CONVECTION AND ANYTHING IN THE PATH OF THE AIR ENTERING OR LEAVING THE CONVECTOR CAN SERIOUSLY REDUCE THE HEATING CAPACITY.
  • LEAVING WINDOWS OPEN WILL CAUSE PIPES TO FREEZE. PLEASE ENSURE ALL WINDOWS ARE CLOSED.