Approved Personal Heaters Available in Spartan Marketplace

Nov 07 2019


This message comes from IPF and University Services

Policies for the use of space heaters on campus

Michigan State University has established heating and cooling season building temperature policies to provide comfort conditions in support of the university’s educational mission while advancing MSU’s energy conservation goals. As temperatures start to drop, you are reminded that portable space heaters are prohibited on campus. Portable space heaters are regulated because they can create system imbalances, overload building electrical circuits, and use a significant amount of energy. If used improperly, space heaters can also become a fire hazard.

Although energy conservation is the focus of this policy, comfortable work conditions are also important. During the cooler part of year, most campus spaces are heated to 70 degrees during building occupied hours. This temperature is comfortable for most occupants when they are dressed properly for the season. However, because spaces on campus vary greatly in age, construction, and function, exceptions will occur. Building occupants who feel uncomfortable on a regular basis should call Infrastructure Planning and Facilities (IPF) at (517) 353-1760.

Approved low-wattage personal heaters available in Spartan Marketplace

For campus customers that remain uncomfortable in a space that meets university temperature guidelines, low-wattage personal heaters from Spartan Marketplace can increase occupant comfort. These heaters are safer and consume less energy. IPF does not need to pre-approve purchases of these low-wattage heaters. A list of approved low-wattage heaters can be found on the IPF website. To locate these heaters in Spartan Marketplace, click on the supplier catalog and search by the model number.

Note: This information does not pertain to MSU Residential and Hospitality Services buildings, offices, or departmental spaces.