Williams & Con Ed’s Warming Hints

The hints from the DISTRICT 45 Represesentative and Con Edison include:–

  • Utilize a programmable thermostat, and/or turn your thermostat down when you are not at home. Set the thermostat while you are home to a reasonable temperature that meets your comfort and health needs.
  • Make sure your thermostat is not affected by drafts that could skew the readings. Use a smart thermostat to automatically change the heating pattern to fit your schedule.
  • Take a moment to turn off any devices or appliances you are not using.
  • Use weather-stripping in all attic stairwells and access openings for tight insulation.
  • Stop cold air infiltration from electric switch and plug outlets by using draft blockers.
  • Open curtains and/or shades of east, south and west-facing windows on sunny winter days to let the sun help you heat your home. Close them at night. Keep draperies closed all day on north-facing windows.
  • Close hot air vents or radiators in unused rooms. Then, close the doors to those rooms securely, using draft guards at the door bottoms if necessary. CAUTION: If you have a radiator-hot water system, be sure the unused room does not get so cold as the temperature falls below freezing.
  • Check all places where heat enters the room. Make sure the draperies and furniture do not block the flow of heat.
  • Use a room or furnace humidifier or keep shallow pans of water on radiator tops or near hot air vents to add humidity to your home.
  • Check the filters on your forced-air furnace every month during the heating season. Replace as necessary.
  • Never use a gas oven or range, or charcoal grill to heat a room. This causes a carbon monoxide danger that could prove fatal.
  • Have a qualified contractor clean and inspect your heating system.
  • Inspect and clean air ducts and heating vents to ensure adequate air flow and eliminate any loss of heated air.k
  • Insulate hot-water pipes and warm-air ducts that pass through unheated areas.
  • Clean or replace filters for your hot-air furnace and heat-pump.
  • Head over to Con Edison’s Marketplace where you can shop for energy-saving appliances and products.

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