Heating and Cooling Tips | National Grid
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Storm Alert

National Grid is prepared for the 4th Nor’easter to hit our region in 3 weeks. Our crews are prepared in the event the forecasted snowstorm causes damage to our region’s natural gas network, and we want to ensure you are prepared, too. As you dig out of your homes and businesses, remember the deep snowpack left by snow removal equipment may have clogged vents, furnaces and other appliances. These conditions could lead to natural gas leaks. If you suspect a gas leak, make sure you leave the premises immediately and call National Grid’s emergency number at 1-800-490-0045.

Both heating and cooling can have a big impact on your comfort—and your budget. Discover how to make them work better in your home.

  • Keep doors and windows closed while running your heating or air conditioning system to reduce air loss.
  • Clear areas in front of vents from furniture; blocked vents require up to 25 percent more energy to distribute air.
  • In the summer, vegetation, solar screens, and awnings can be used to prevent the sun from making your home too hot. In the winter, do the opposite: Raise shades and blinds to let the sun warm your home.
  • Calibrate your thermostats to ensure accurate readings. Adjust your thermostat up or down depending on the season, and lower the setting any time your home is unoccupied.
  • Use programmable thermostats to adjust heating and cooling when rooms are unoccupied, saving you energy and up to $180 a year.
  • Upgrade outdated heating and air conditioning equipment to newer, more energy-efficient models. You’ll save as much as 30 percent on energy costs in the long term, reduce maintenance, and improve the comfort of your home.
  • Perform regular heating and air conditioning maintenance. Change filters monthly to improve air quality and reduce energy use. Establish a maintenance contract with your vendor for regular tune-ups, which help decrease equipment breakdowns and unnecessary air loss.