Tips to Stay Cozy in buildings with new heating controls

NYCHA is modernizing heating controls in many buildings. If you live in one of these buildings, you should no longer need to open your windows to let out excess heat. Here are some tips to make sure you stay comfortable, and what to do if you need more heat.

Birdie looking at a thermostat

Expect indoor temperatures of 72 to 74 degrees

If you live in a building where NYCHA has modernized heating controls, you may notice that your apartment which used to be very hot (75 degrees or warmer) is now at a more comfortable 72 to 74 degrees during the day and 69 to 71 degrees at night.

Birdie by a Window

Keep your windows closed

If your windows are not closed all the way, you will feel a cold draft even if the heating system is working as it should. Please keep your windows closed.

The window itself will feel cold to the touch even if the window is closed, so be sure that you don’t have air coming in at the top, bottom, or between the sashes. If you feel air, contact NYCHA.

Also remember to:

  • Lower your blinds or draw your curtains at night. Warm air hitting a cold window will cause a draft, even if there’s no cold air coming in from the outside. The curtains or blinds prevent drafts.
  • Move furniture away from radiators or baseboards. Radiators and baseboards need air moving freely around them to heat the room.

When to contact NYCHA

Notify NYCHA through the MyNYCHA app or by calling the Customer Contact Center (718-707-7771) when:

  • Temperature is out of range: The temperature in your apartment should never fall below 68 degrees during the day or 62 degrees at night. When you call, tell us what your temperature reading is, and in which room.
  • Window is not closing properly: Request window repair if your window is not closing all the way or if you feel air coming in above, below, or between the sashes.

Sustainability at NYCHA

NYCHA adopted the NextGeneration NYCHA Sustainability Agenda in 2016 to provide healthy, comfortable homes for our residents that will withstand the challenge of climate change. Click on these links for tips to save electricity or to view a map of energy and sustainability projects at NYCHA.


Learn more about how you can take easy actions with big impacts to make NYC more sustainable at GreeNYC.