Cronkhite Center Heating & Air Conditioning

Cronkhite Center Heating & Air Conditioning


In compliance with Massachusetts regulations, heat is available from September 15 through June 15 each year. Based on the outside air temperature and Harvard University Sustainability Guidelines it operates at a minimum temperature of 68°F between 7:00 AM and 11:00 PM and a minimum temperature of 64°F at all other hours.

To improve the thermal comfort level in your room in winter, please consider the following:

  • Open curtains and shades to direct sunlight during the day, but close them when the sun has passed to retain the heat collected.
  • Make sure the heat knob is turned on.
  • Keep windows and storm windows closed to avoid cold drafts.
  • Make sure that furniture and other items are not blocking heat vents, radiators, registers, etc. Arrange large furniture against outside walls to provide insulation against infiltration of cold air, unless your heat source is located there.
  • Wear layers of warm clothing in the cold weather; not t-shirts and shorts.
  • Keep small blankets handy so you can add extra layers if you will be sitting for a long time.
  • Take a break every so often and move around to warm up. 

Air Conditioning

The basement lounge and first floor common spaces, including the dining room, are air conditioned. The second and third floors common space and residents’ rooms are not air conditioned. Air conditioners are not allowed in residents’ rooms. A box fan is provided in each resident's room.

Please contact the Property Management Office if you have any questions regarding heat or air conditioning.