Older homes have charm and curb appeal, but they typically don’t have an efficient envelope. A home’s age plays a role, but building materials and construction practices just weren’t as efficient a few decades ago as new home construction is today. It doesn’t take a major overhaul to bring comfort and lower energy bills to your Maryland home. In fact, keep reading and you’ll see how simple and practical energy-saving upgrades can be.

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Energy Audit

The first step toward making your older home more efficient and comfortable is locating where it’s losing energy. A professional energy audit can help by detailing how and when your home uses energy and where inefficiencies in the envelope are wasting energy. When the results are in, you’ll know where to focus your energy and hard-earned dollars to tighten up your home.

Seal the Envelope

As a home ages, leaks develop around windows and through the shell, creating uncomfortable and expensive drafts. This is especially true in our Mid-Atlantic region, with potential weather extremes in every season. Use practical materials to seal your home from the elements. Caulk around windows, pipes and wires, and use weatherstripping to seal the attic door, and for sealing entry doorways. A can of expanding-spray foam can fill larger holes and gaps in the shell.

Check Insulation

As you know, insulation is very important for keeping conditioned air inside. Inspect your current insulation. Make sure the attic has at least 12 inches of insulation, and consider adding more insulation to R-60, as Energy Star recommends. If there’s water or mold damage, toss out the damaged portions and add new insulation. If you’re adding insulation, use a lighter density so the bottom layers don’t compress and lose R-value.

HVAC System

Check the air filter. A clogged air filter can damage the HVAC system and increase energy bills. If you’re having indoor air quality problems, consider upgrading HVAC equipment with a UV light system or electronic air cleaner. Schedule a preventive maintenance tune up with your HVAC technician this spring.

Learn more about energy-saving upgrades available from Griffith Energy Services, Inc., or contact us today at 888-474-3391 to schedule an appointment!

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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

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