Beat the Heat

Help Us Protect Your Spaces This Summer

With summer underway, CUIMC Facilities Management continues to manage campus-wide energy usage and monitor heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems’ performance in order to protect critical equipment and maintain comfortable temperatures throughout the campus.  

You can stay safe and help us conserve energy by following these simple steps throughout the summer, especially if you will be away from campus for extended periods of time.

  • Make sure windows, shades, blinds, and exterior doors are closed. Report any service problems, including broken or inoperable windows in an open position, to CUIMC Facilities Management at 212-305-HELP (4357), option 3.
  • Turn off air conditioners in unoccupied rooms. Set air conditioner fan speeds to the lowest setting possible and keep thermostats at higher temperatures for energy conservation.
  • Turn off lights, appliances, electronics, and other non-essential office equipment when not used.
  • Make sure all faucets are off.
  • Move electrical or valuable items off the floor and away from windows.
  • Refrain from using elevators when possible.
  • Look for every opportunity to reduce your personal electricity usage.  
  • Review any departmental contingency plans and emergency protocols related to equipment operation.
  • Make sure all critical equipment is connected to emergency power outlets. Contact CUIMC Facilities Management at 212-305-HELP (4357), option 3, if you are unsure, and a representative will visit and assess your area.
  • Keep all freezers, refrigerators, and environmental room doors closed and limit access. Typically, this equipment will maintain temperature for approximately four (4) hours. Do not place dry ice or cryogenic materials in cold rooms, as they can create a hazardous, oxygen-deficient atmosphere.
  • Sign up for real-time notifications from Public Safety and building-specific alerts from Facilities Management.

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