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Heating and ventilation

The right temperature and functioning ventilation are important for a healthy indoor environment and to make living in your accommodation feel comfortable.

Do you think it is cold in your student housing? If so, there are several things you can try to make living in your accommodation feel comfortable.

Tips: Furnish your room to improve energy efficiency

  • Do not cover radiators or thermostat valves with long curtains.
  • Do not place large items of furniture, such as a sofa or desk, in front of radiators.
  • Keep your airing panels or air vents open. You need to get fresh air into your accommodation.

Do not raise the temperature by getting a fan heater or similar, as it will stop the existing heating system from operating.

According to AF Bostäder’s heating policy, the indoor temperature in your housing is to be 20 degrees during the day and 18–20 degrees at night.

If radiators feel cold, this may be because, regardless of the outdoor temperature, they do not start to warm up until the indoor temperature drops below 20 degrees.

Try the tips. Do you still find it cold? If so, measure your indoor temperature. 

Measure your indoor temperature

Place a thermometer at a height of approximately 1m in the middle of your accommodation. The radiators are to be on the highest setting and the windows are to be closed. Preferably, the measurement is to be taken over a 24-hour period. If the temperature is below 20 degrees, report it as a fault.

Sudden heating shut-downs

On occasion, the heating may be shut down suddenly due to a serious fault arising at our district heating supplier, Kraftringen. This means that radiators will not work and hot water will be unavailable. For more information about ongoing power disruptions, visit the Kraftringen website.


Ventilation is necessary for a healthy indoor environment. Air volumes etc. are regulated by law and checked at regular intervals. Ventilation in homes can be constructed in various ways, but typically there are air exhausts in the form of cooker hoods, fans, or ventilation fitting in kitchens and bathrooms. Fresh air usually enters through vents in the outer walls or windows. During cold seasons, a certain draft may sometimes be felt from the fresh air vents.

It is important not to block or close the air vents, as this can cause air to enter through other unsealed places. This worsens the indoor climate and disrupts the adjustments made to ensure proper airflow. Also, remember to regularly clean the ventilation ducts at home to ensure effective ventilation.

More info

Do you want to learn more about heating and ventilation? Join us on the heating journey (YouTube).

Latest update April 22, 2024