This Cinco de Mayo, Serve Up This Deliciously Healthy Recipe

Cinco de Mayo, Spanish for “Fifth of May,” is a celebration that commemorates the Mexican Army’s victory over France at the Battle of Puebla, which took place on May 5, 1862. Now often celebrated in the United States, the holiday often is spent enjoying Mexican food, drinks, culture and music. Many people enjoy creating delicious dishes with Mexican flair for their families on the holiday.

If you’ve been looking for a great dish to serve your family this Cinco de Mayo, but you’d also like something healthy and nutritious, why not try this recipe for taco stuffed peppers, courtesy of Delish? We think you’ll love it!

Taco Stuffed Peppers

Ingredients:

  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • ½ onion, chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 lb. ground beef
  • Kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tbsp. cilantro, chopped
  • 1 tsp. chili powder
  • ½ tsp. ground cumin
  • ½ tsp. smoked paprika
  • 3 bell peppers, halved and seeded
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese
  • 1 cup shredded lettuce
  • Pico de gallo, hot sauce and lime wedges, for serving

Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 375ºF. Spray a large baking dish with cooking spray.
  • In a large skillet, heat about 1 tbsp. olive oil over medium heat.
  • Add onion and cook until onion is tender, about 5 minutes. Stir in garlic; cook about 1 minute more. Add ground beef and cook until no longer pink, about 5 minutes. Drain fat.
  • Add chili powder, cumin and paprika to beef mixture; season with salt and pepper.
  • Drizzle bell peppers with olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Place peppers into prepared baking dish. Spoon meat mixture into each pepper. Top with cheese, bake about 20 minutes.
  • Top each pepper with lettuce and serve with pico de gallo, hot sauce and lime wedges.

If you’re feeling muy caluroso (too warm) this Cinco de Mayo, it might be time for air conditioning in your home. When you call us, we can help you get the best air conditioning for your home, your family and your lifestyle. Just give us a call at 518.427.8685 and we’ll be more than happy to help you!

Commercial Needs? Family Danz Can Help.

Heating, ventilation and air conditioning aren’t just needs that homeowners have. Businesses and organizations require comfort systems as well. Did you know that in addition to providing great residential service we offer commercial services as well? Family Danz Mechanical, a branch of Family Danz Heating & Cooling, can help your business or organization with their comfort needs.

We know that downtime can be expensive, so you need an HVAC contractor who can get your heating or cooling system up and running quickly. At Family Danz, we employ skilled professionals who understand the unique qualities of commercial HVAC systems. They have the know-how to troubleshoot your system and make any needed repairs, efficiently. Not to mention, we are also able to help you find top-quality, energy efficient commercial systems that keep your company’s budget in mind.

Family Danz proudly offers the best products, expert services and a commitment to treating all of our customers like family.

We have worked with a number of different industries, and our skilled technicians have provided the best repair, maintenance and installation services for a broad range of commercial clients. Here are just a few of our neighbors who we have assisted with their commercial HVAC needs:

  • Hudson Falls CSD
  • Ashfield Senior Housing
  • NYS OGS – Five Rivers
  • Seven Green Apartments
  • Mahamudra Buddhist Hermitage
  • Mohawk Harbor Apartments
  • Ida Yarbrough Apartments

Our commercial HVAC services include:

  • Heating
  • Air Conditioning
  • Rooftop Installation & Repair
  • Refrigeration Installation & Repair
  • Chiller Installation & Repair
  • Larger Projects
  • Design & Build Applications

At Family Danz, we always treat our customers, whether they’re residential or commercial, like family. In fact, we’ve been family owned and operated for more than 30 years. We’re a member of the Northeastern Subcontractors Association (NESCA) and have an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau. Because we’re a business ourselves, we understand your unique needs and work to help you get the commercial HVAC services you need in a timely fashion. If you need commercial services, give us a call at 518.427.8685 and we will be more than happy to help you.

What Types of AC Services Does Family Danz Offer?

When you need help with your air conditioning, you need a contractor who can offer you a full range of products and services to meet any need. You don’t want to have to worry about choosing someone who can only help you install a new system, or another who might only offer repairs. You need a contractor who can provide you with any service or product you might need, as well as one who you can trust with your home and your family. You won’t have any worries when you choose Family Danz.

At Family Danz, we’ve been offering people all throughout the Capital District the best in air conditioning installation, maintenance and repair for more than 30 years. We always treat our customers just like they’re members of our own family. You can rest assured that when you choose us for your AC needs, you’ll be treated with courtesy, honesty and professionalism. We proudly provide a full suite of air conditioning products and services, so that no matter your need, you can count on us to help.

Learn about the air conditioning products and services we proudly provide:

  • Air Conditioning Maintenance: Maintaining your air conditioning system is one of the best ways you can be sure that it will operate effectively and efficiently. Regular AC maintenance is important to the life of your equipment. Family Danz Heating & Cooling offers comprehensive maintenance plans for Capital District residents, which help them keep their air conditioning systems in tip-top shape.
  • Air Conditioning Repair: If you’re faced with a cooling emergency, Family Danz can help. Our factory certified technicians will thoroughly evaluate your air conditioning repair needs and find the best solution possible to help make your home as comfortable and energy efficient as possible. They arrive to your home on time and are able to address any questions or concerns that you may have.
  • New Air Conditioning Installation: Don’t suffer through another sweltering summer – Family Danz Heating & Cooling will help you cool off with a new air conditioning installation. We’re pleased to provide Capital District residents with the best quality, most efficient air conditioning systems on the market. And, because we’re a full-service contractor, we can help maintain your system after the sale, and, should you need repairs, we can make those, too.
  • Ductless Air Conditioning: Ductless air conditioning systems are high-efficiency cooling and heating systems that allow you to keep spaces with no ductwork as comfortable as those that do. What’s more, they can be used not only in spaces that have no available ductwork, but they can also be used to balance out hot and cold spots, increase energy efficiency, or provide precision temperature control.

Family Danz is pleased to provide expert air conditioning installation, maintenance and repair services throughout Albany, NY and the entire Capital District. When you need an air conditioning contractor, we are ready to assist you. Simply call us at 518.427.8685 and we will be more than happy to help you.

Have You Called For Your AC Maintenance Yet?

With the heat of summer fast approaching, it’s important that your air conditioning system is ready. That’s why you need to call Family Danz right away to get the maintenance you need to keep your system running great. Maintaining your air conditioning system is one of the best ways you can ensure effective, efficient operation all summer long. Not to mention, getting regular AC is important to the life of your system. We’re happy to provide maintenance plans that help keep your air conditioning system in perfect shape.

If you don’t maintain your system, you can be in for a whole host of issues. The most common problem comes from a dirty system. Clogged filters and air coils can make your system operate much less efficiently, and can eventually lead to issues that might require repairs. Worse yet, an unkempt air conditioning system can become a place for mold and bacteria to collect. Not only will this cause inefficiency in your system, but it also can lead to poor indoor air quality.

Getting maintenance for your system is important for the health and comfort of you and your family.

When you choose us for your air conditioning maintenance needs, you’ll enjoy a number of benefits. Aside from your annual service and tune-up appointment with us, you’ll also receive:

  • Priority scheduling for emergency service
  • 15 percent discount on parts and labor
  • 24-hour emergency service
  • No overtime rates

Preventive maintenance is important to the life and efficiency of your home’s air conditioning system. We can get you the maintenance you need to keep your air conditioning system running perfectly now and for years to come. Scheduling service with us is easy. You can call us at 518.427.8685, or schedule an appointment with a Family Danz technician by filling out our convenient online form.

5 Ways You Can Prepare for Spring Cleaning

When it’s time for spring to arrive, many people’s thoughts turn to getting the whole house clean and ready for the summer ahead. Of course, factors like needing outside services like carpet cleaning and HVAC maintenance, clutter, other commitments and lack of necessary supplies can all cut into your spring-cleaning time and make it even more of a dreaded chore. If you plan for spring-cleaning in advance, though, once the time to actually start scrubbing arrives, you’ll be ready. Below you’ll find some helpful, pre-planning tips that are sure to make cleaning a breeze.

  • Schedule Your Time: It might seem strange to make an appointment with yourself, but carving time out of your calendar for spring-cleaning is important in today’s busy world. Add cleaning times to your calendar and stick to them once they arrive. And, make sure you create enough time to accomplish the tasks at hand. One way you can better estimate how much time each task will take is to list in detail what you wish to accomplish. For instance, don’t just make an appointment to clean the kitchen. List each thing you’d like to do in your kitchen, such as cleaning the fridge, cleaning the oven, washing down walls and woodwork, organizing cupboards and drawers and cleaning the floors. Once you see the overarching task broken down into individual components, the easier it will be to manage and schedule your time.
  • Call Ahead for Service: Know what specific services you’ll need in order to complete your spring-cleaning successfully, and call in advance to make appointments. Some common services you’ll likely need outside help with include air conditioning maintenance, deep carpet and upholstery cleaning and landscaping services. Check with your family, too, and make sure their schedules work with your cleaning schedule as well. And, if someone needs to be home during service appointments, give yourself ample time to schedule any necessary time off from work.
  • Shop Around for Supplies: Planning your spring-cleaning in advance affords you the opportunity of shopping around for deals on cleaning supplies, which can get expensive. Take an inventory of what you have and what you need. Are your mops, brooms and dusters in good condition? Is your vacuum cleaner ready for the tasks at hand? Do you have the cleaners, chemicals, towels and sponges you need? By answering these questions in advance, you won’t have to make a supply run in the middle of cleaning, which can infringe on your valuable time and disrupt your flow.
  • Start Early with De-cluttering: Before you start your cleaning, you probably will want to get some of the clutter out of the way. If you make a point every six months or so to go through your clothing and get rid of anything you haven’t worn in some time or doesn’t fit properly, that’s a good start. Having a designated area for papers and filing away anything you need to save is good practice, too. Giving away household items and children’s toys that are not used can help keep countertops, shelves and closets free of clutter, making them easier to clean once spring arrives.
  • Create a Cleaning Playlist: Most people agree, music makes everything – including spring cleaning – more bearable. Create a playlist that features bright, upbeat music and you’ll stay motivated throughout your cleaning doldrums.

At Family Danz, we can help you make AC cleaning and maintenance a part of your spring-cleaning routine. Call us today at us at 518.427.8685 for an appointment, and we will be happy to help!

Should You Maintain Your Air Conditioning System?

With so many household expenses nowadays, it isn’t a surprise that homeowners are trying to cut corners and save money wherever they can. Many times, people are tempted to save money by putting their HVAC system maintenance on hold. But, the truth is, not getting your system’s annual preventive maintenance can be more costly in the end. What are the benefits of preventive maintenance for your air conditioning system, and how can Family Danz help meet your needs?

The truth is, maintaining your AC system is one of the best ways you can ensure effective, efficient operation. Regular maintenance is important for the life of your system. Think of your automobile. What if you never got an oil change, or new filters, or new tires? What if you never took it to the carwash or made minor repairs when they sprung up? As you can imagine, your car or truck probably wouldn’t last too long. Your home comfort system works in a similar way. You have motors, fans, filters, fluids and electrical components that all need to be maintained properly in order to ensure your AC system enjoys a long life.

But isn’t AC maintenance expensive?

And, you may be surprised to learn that proper maintenance often pays for itself. Your air conditioning system will run far more efficiently if it has been maintained regularly, and that will help you save money on your utility bills. Plus, you’ll have to deal with fewer system breakdowns and expensive repairs. Regular maintenance means one of our technicians will be able to check your system thoroughly and take care of any small repairs before they become major ones – and that will save you money in the long run.

A more subtle effect of a properly maintained AC system is not visible to the eyes, but the chances are your nose knows. Homes that have the right maintenance have healthier air, because filters are changed an air coils are cleaned. When your system isn’t maintained, it can become a repository for dirt, mold and bacteria – and that can quickly cause your home’s air to take an unhealthy turn for the worst.

Can AC maintenance help my system last longer?

Of course, one of the biggest benefits of making sure your AC system gets the annual maintenance it needs is that your system will last longer. Let’s face it – like your vehicle, your HVAC system is a necessary, but large, expense. You want to get the most out of your system and make sure it lasts you a long time. Properly maintained systems enjoy a much longer lifespan than their neglected counterparts – often more than 10 years.

And, should an emergency arise with your system, when you have a maintenance plan from Family Danz, we will be there to help you. Our maintenance plan customers receive priority scheduling for emergency services, a 15 percent discount on parts and labor, 24-hour emergency service and no overtime rates. So aside from a comprehensive annual maintenance that will keep your system running smoothly for years, we’ll also be there to help if you have any repair needs, too.

As you can see, preventive maintenance is important to the life and efficiency of your home’s air conditioning system. Family Danz can help you get the maintenance you need for the life of your system. Just give us a call at us at 518.427.8685 and we will be happy to help you get the preventive maintenance you need.

March Savings from Family Danz!

The colder weather is winding down, and summer’s not quite here yet, so new air conditioning or heating probably isn’t at the top of your list – but this month is the perfect time to get it. Right now, through March 31, we’ve pulled out all the stops and are ready to help you get into a heating or cooling system that can keep your home more comfortable and can save you money on energy bills.

If you’ve been thinking about replacing your old, inefficient home comfort system with a new, high-efficiency system, there is no better time than the present. We realize you may not need a new furnace or air conditioner, and if you don’t, no discount is going to make sense. But, if your system is more than 10 years old, this could be the opportunity of a lifetime.

When you purchase a new, high-efficiency system this March, you’ll be eligible for an amazing $3109 in savings. We’ve bundled together an incredible offer just for you:

  • $1610 Utility Rebate
  • $300 System Rebate
  • $400 Family Danz Discount
  • $600 Humidifier
  • $199 One Year FREE Maintenance

These all come together to equal $3109 in savings for you. Combine this offer with special financing with approved credit, and a 10-year system warranty, and you have one amazing deal. This will be our best offer all year, but you have to act quickly to get these great March sale savings. It all ends March 31, 2017 so call us at 518.427.8685 to learn how you can take advantage of this offer today.

Getting Ahead of Spring Allergies

For most allergy sufferers, March often comes in like a lamb, and goes out like a lion – a big, sneezing lion! Once spring arrives and everything starts to blossom, pollen is everywhere – both outside and inside. Not to mention, the rain and dampness of spring likely brings with it mold and fungus that can wreak havoc with someone’s allergies. What can you do to make your home a sanctuary once allergy season starts? You may want to consider installing some products that can make the indoor air you breathe healthier.

The first place you should start when it comes to fresher air in your home is, quite simply, your system’s filter. Today’s filters do a great job of keeping dirt, allergens and microbes out of the air in your home, but they lose their effectiveness and efficiency once they become dirty. When your system is being used frequently, your filter needs to be changed more often – and fortunately, this is something you can easily do yourself. Of course, if you’re worried about changing them on your own, the pros at Family Danz can show you how or do it for you.

Air cleaners are another way you can improve the air you breathe.

Air cleaners can help to remove allergens in the air you breathe in your home. They help to ensure your home’s air is healthier, cleaner and more comfortable for you and your family by stopping dirt, dust, pollen, dander and more from entering the air as it circulates through your comfort system. These systems are ideal for households that include allergy sufferers, those more susceptible to airborne germs like infants, the elderly, or people with compromised immune systems, and those sensitive to the effects of allergens like pollen and pets.

Of course, at Family Danz we’ll be happy to talk to you about how you can get healthier, fresher air in your home, from changing the filter in your home’s HVAC system to installing equipment that can provide advanced air cleaning. We can help you get the solutions you need, so you’ll be ahead of allergy season this year! Just give us a call at 518.427.8685 and we will be happy to help you.

Eating Healthier in the New Year? Try This Delicious Farro Salad Recipe!

ThinkstockPhotos-505599008Most people bring some resolutions into the New Year that they hope to fulfill. Often, improving diet, exercise and weight top the list of those resolutions. Eating healthier doesn’t mean you have to resign yourself to smoothies and celery sticks, though. There are many options available when you’re looking for ways to eat better and improve your diet. The recipe we’re sharing with you is full of fresh herbs, vegetables and whole grains. Perfect for lunch or as a side dish with dinner, we think this farro salad recipe from Giada De Laurentis will give you a whole new – and delicious – perspective on what it means to eat healthier.

Ingredients

  • 4 cups water
  • 10 oz. farro (about 1 ½ cups)
  • 2 tsp. salt (more to taste)
  • 1 lb. chopped and seeded tomatoes
  • ½ sweet onion
  • ¼ cup snipped fresh chives
  • ¼ cup finely chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 large clove of garlic, minced
  • 2 tbsp. balsamic vinegar
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • ¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil

Directions

  • Combine water and farro in medium saucepan, and add salt. Bring to boil over high heat, then reduce to medium-low and cover. Simmer for about 30 minutes, or until farro is tender. Drain well, and then cool in a large bowl.
  • Next, add tomatoes, onion, chives and parsley to farro. Toss to combine.
  • In medium bowl, whisk together garlic, vinegar, salt (to taste), pepper and olive oil. Add this vinaigrette to the farro mixture and toss to coat thoroughly.
  • You may refrigerate this salad overnight. Bring to room temperature before serving.

At Family Danz, our New Year’s resolution is simple – we want to keep working harder to provide you with the very best HVAC services in the area. Our goal is to never stop improving on what we offer to you, our valued customer. No matter what your comfort need may be, you can count on us to help. Just call 518-427-8685 and we will be more than happy to assist you.

What is Oil to Gas Conversion?

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If it’s time to replace your old heating system, you might be considering converting from oil to gas heat. There are many good reasons why you should, but you might be a little bit unsure about the process. Every home has its own unique needs when it comes to oil to gas conversion, but the steps followed are usually pretty similar. Family Danz knows that switching from oil to gas heating can be confusing, so we work with you and the utility company to get the job done right.

What is the process involved with an oil to gas conversion?

When you contact us to discuss your oil to gas conversion, we’ll make an appointment to visit your home. We’ll determine the type of equipment you’ll need, and we’ll contact your utility company to let them know how much gas your home will be using. The utility company will them provide an estimate for the installation of gas service to your home. We’ll then work with the utility company to get your new gas equipment installed, as well as any needed extensions, service connections and metering equipment. Finally, your utility company will turn on your gas service, and you’ll soon be enjoying gas heating in your home.

What are some benefits of gas heat?

From an environmental standpoint, natural gas is a cleaner fuel source, and that makes it better for the world around us. It offers an efficient, safe and reliable source of fuel, is economically sound and clean burning. It burns almost 100 percent of its fuel and there is no leftover residue, odor or soot. By converting to natural gas, you’ll help reduce greenhouse has emissions of sulfur, carbon and nitrogen. Not to mention, choosing natural gas to heat your home can improve the outdoor air quality of your entire community, by reducing smog, acid rain and gas emissions.

Why choose Family Danz for your oil to gas conversion?

Family Danz Heating & Cooling is committed to helping customers take advantage of the best home comfort products on the market today. We also work hard to help you achieve higher efficiency from the heating and cooling products you use in your home, so that you can save on your energy bills. We are here to help you, which is why we facilitate your oil to gas conversion so the process goes as smoothly as possible, so you’ll quickly enjoy greater home comfort and energy efficiency.

If you’d like to learn more about oil to gas conversion, and if it’s a good choice for your home, please don’t hesitate to give Family Danz a call. We provide heating services including oil to gas conversions throughout the Albany, NY area, and we are happy to discuss the benefits of a conversion with you. To find out more from our experts, just give us a call at 518-427-8685, and we will be more than happy to help you with your needs.