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Windows can present an efficiency challenge in most homes, and energy-efficient window treatments and coverings help close the gap. Heat is both gained and lost through window glass. Summer sun radiating through windows carries an abundance of solar energy into the house, making your A/C run longer to meet thermostat settings. During winter, indoor heat radiates out through windows, increasing heating costs. New windows with heat-resistant glazing are an expensive option. However, homeowners also can reduce heat gain and loss by utilizing these cost-effective, energy-efficient window treatments and coverings:

  • Awnings provide simple shade that can cut solar energy infiltration by 65 percent on south-facing windows and more than 75 percent on the west side of the home. Today’s synthetic fabrics reflect more sunlight and resist deterioration better than canvas.
  • Blinds are effective at blocking summer sun and the heat energy it carries, reducing it by as much as 45 percent when closed. They’re less effective at reducingheat loss in winter.
  • Draperies can be effective heat-stoppers if they’re the right color and hung close to the window. Heavy, light-colored drapes with white backing reduce summer heat infiltration by up to one-third. Drapes closed at night also can cut heat loss by 10 percent – regardless of color.
  • High-reflectivity films applied to the glass itself reduce heat gain year-round. The silver, mirrored films reflect the most heat energy, while the more transparent or colored varieties are less effective. Films also are most efficient when applied to east- or west-facing windows that receive the most hours of daily sun exposure. Interior light and outside visibility also are affected in all seasons, and the reduction of winter heat gain can be a drawback of reflective films if you rely on the sun’s heat in winter to help warm rooms.
  • Mesh screens are made of a fine, tightly woven polyester that’s almost invisible to the naked eye. Mounted on the outside of the window, these screens cut heat gain by diffusing solar energy instead of reflecting or blocking it.

For more information on energy-efficient window treatments and coverings in the Baltimore area, please contact us at Griffith Energy Services, Inc.

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Dear Customers,

At this time, when the news is dominated by the Coronavirus (COVID-19) health emergency around the world, we wanted to personally reach out and let you know that we are vigilantly implementing enhanced protocols to ensure your safety and the safety of our team.

We are closely monitoring the guidance of the World Health Organization and the Centers for Disease Control regarding the spread of the virus. This is an evolving situation and we will continue to develop and take necessary measures as needed. Our focus is to ensure that we meet customer needs while doing our part to keep you, our employees, and our communities safe.

Here’s what we’re doing:

  • Everyone on our team has received enhanced training and protocol briefings. We will continue to evolve and adjust these protocols as needed.
  • We are implementing telecommuting options for positions where applicable.
  • Non-essential work travel is currently on hold for all employees.
  • We are conducting enhanced cleaning practices at our locations and are instructing employees to continually sanitize their work stations and vehicles.
  • We are also urging all employees to be vigilant about frequent hand washing.

Information for you:
If you have an existing service appointment, we look forward to seeing you and want to reassure you that we are doing everything we can to promote a safe and secure service experience.

During this challenging time, if you are experiencing symptoms related to the COVID-19 virus or have been exposed to it, in order to protect our team and all the customers we serve, we encourage you to please reschedule your service appointment, by calling us at 888-474-3391.

Your safety is our highest priority and we truly appreciate the trust that you place in our team and our company.

Best regards,
Griffith Energy Services
888-474-3391

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