Tips & Tricks to Survive Wisconsin Winter

If you are a newcomer to cold winters, or even if you are a veteran of the season of snow and ice, it is helpful to understand the University Apartments heating guidelines.

Getting the Most Out of the Heating System

In accordance with State of Wisconsin Energy Conservation Guidelines, the amount of heat provided by University Apartments is sufficient to maintain a temperature range of 68ºF/20ºC to 72ºF/22ºC in the apartments.

To maximize the efficiency of the heating system

  • Move furniture at least four inches away from the convectors to allow the warm air to rise into the apartment.
  • Make sure rugs and window coverings do not block the vents.

How to Set the Controls

In most Eagle Heights and Harvey Street apartments, the heat is controlled by a thermostat.  On the top side of the thermostat is a dial with a range of 60ºF/16ºC to 72ºF/22ºC.  This temperature range provides a sufficient amount of heat to maintain the temperature in your apartment between 68ºF/20ºC to 72ºF/22ºC, and at the same time conserve energy.  There will be a normal fluctuation of plus or minus two degrees.

The heat in University Houses is controlled by adjusting a dial on each individual radiator. To get more heat, turn it to the left. To get less heat, turn it to the right.

To Keep Your Apartment Feeling Warmer:

Here are some other things you can do to make your apartment feel warmer:

  • Keep heat sources (such as a lamp or candle) away from the thermostat. They can warm the air around the thermostat and “fool” it into thinking the whole apartment is that warmer temperature.
  • The amount of humidity in your apartment makes a difference in how warm you feel. Use the ventilation fan in the bathroom to remove excess moisture and consider using a humidifier if you want to increase the humidity in your apartment. Normal humidity would be 40-50%.
  • Your apartment will feel warmer if you keep your bedroom doors open to allow the movement of air throughout the apartment.
  • Take advantage of the energy efficient windows. Close both the inner and outer windows to create an insulating effect.  Windows open for any period of time will allow heat to escape.

Adjusting to the cold weather can take some time, but  following these recommendations will help make your  apartment warmer and keep energy costs down.