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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 interest-free financing available for qualified buyers, 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.

We Can Help You Heat Your Business

Commercial-HeatingWhen you’re trying to run a business, you know that having a controlled climate is important so that your employees are productive and your clients are happy. Maybe you already rely on Family Danz for your personal home comfort needs, but did you know we can help you keep your business warm all winter long as well? We provide the same professional HVAC services to businesses as we do for residential clients, including heating system installation, maintenance and repair, as well as fuel oil delivery.

In a survey conducted by Software Advice, employees of various companies were asked about their preferences regarding office temperatures. Half of the employees surveyed were unhappy several times a month with the temperature of their office, and 56 percent said they were too cold in the winter. Most surveyed felt that the temperature of their office made a difference when it came to productivity levels, and most preferred the temperature to hover around 71 degrees (72 for women, 70 for men.) It could be assumed, then, that your employees will benefit from better climate control – and you’ll benefit from choosing a company that helps meet those needs and helps your employees stay productive and satisfied.

No matter whether you have a boiler or furnace heating system at your business, our commercial heating service team is ready to help you keep your employees and clients warm, no matter how cold the winter gets. We take pride in offering our commercial customers the best, most efficient heating systems available for their businesses or organizations. And, our highly trained technicians can maintain and service most commercial systems, so you’ll never have to worry about not getting the help you need when you call Family Danz.

And, as business owners ourselves, we understand that downtime is costly for businesses or organizations. That’s why we strive to ensure that your commercial heating service – whether it’s repairs, maintenance or installation – is completed in a timely fashion, to your complete satisfaction. That way, you can get back to your business with as little downtime as possible – surely something your employees and customers will appreciate!

Family Danz is pleased to offer commercial heating services throughout the Albany, NY area. If you’re in need of commercial services for your business or organization, and you’d like a Family Danz representative to contact you, please visit our commercial heating page and fill out our convenient contact form, or feel free to give us a call at 518-427-8685. Your employees and clients will be toasty warm all winter long, when you choose us to help keep your business comfortable.

The Benefits of Planned Fuel Delivery

oiltruckAs you know, living in the Albany, NY area means that winters can be pretty harsh and cold. And, because of that, the cost of heating your home can be expensive. It isn’t always easy to budget for fuel costs, since heating oil prices can fluctuate. But, there is one way you can stay on top of your winter fuel expenses. By choosing an oil budget plan, you don’t have to gamble with fluctuating fuel costs. A budget plan allows you to get automatic delivery and guaranteed pricing that helps you plan for your home heating expenses.

Family Danz is pleased to offer our customers oil budget plans that make heating their homes in the winter a simpler task. We’ll work with you to help you choose a budget plan that fits your home heating needs. For many customers, the biggest benefit of having planned fuel delivery is the fixed price. This allows customers to know what they’ll be spending on fuel each month, so there are no surprises when the bill arrives.

You’ll benefit from automatic fuel delivery from Family Danz.

Another advantage is automatic delivery – you won’t have to worry about running out of fuel, even on the coldest night of the year. You can rest assured that Family Danz will keep your fuel tank fully supplied and ready, no matter what home heating demands your household will face during the chilly Albany, NY winter. Our drivers deliver the fuel you need to your home, whether you’re there or not, so you don’t need to worry about scheduling a time to bet there for your delivery.

For many people, another benefit of an oil budget plan is that it helps during the holidays. Family Danz knows how tough it can be for a household to have to pay a large utility bill around holiday time. But when you choose a budget plan, you won’t have to struggle during peak season for fuel consumption – an oil budget plan allows you the peace of mind that comes with regular, affordable monthly payments, no matter what the oil prices might be.

And, at Family Danz, we take great pride in providing our customers with premium-grade fuel oil. Our heating oil is specially formulated to not only keep your home warm and comfortable all throughout the winter months, but to also keep your equipment running great, too. Our home heating oil contains special additives that keep your system running clean and at maximum efficiency. That reduces service calls, extends the life of your heating system, benefits the environment and helps you save on your energy bills.

Keeping your family safe and warm all winter long is easier than ever, when you choose Family Danz to help with your fuel plan needs. You’ll get automatic delivery – and a monthly price that works for you and your home heating needs. Just give us a call at 518-427-8685, and we will be more than happy to tell you about our budget plan options.

Got Thanksgiving Leftovers? Use Them for This Delicious Casserole!

Thanksgiving is the perfect time for getting together with friends and family and enjoying a delicious meal. One of the best parts about enjoying such a big feast is the leftovers! What if you could enjoy the great taste of your entire Thanksgiving dinner all in one convenient casserole? You can! We’re sharing a family recipe that incorporates all of the mainstays of Thanksgiving dinner into one simple, quick casserole. We love it, and hope you do, too!

Thanksgiving Leftover Casserole

Ingredients

  • 3 cups mashed potatoes
  • 3 cups prepared stuffing
  • 10 oz. cooked turkey, chopped
  • 1 cup turkey gravy
  • ½ cup whole berry cranberry sauce

Directions

  • Butter a 13” x 9” casserole dish.
  • Preheat oven to 350ºF.
  • Press mashed potatoes into dish in an even layer; top with 1/3-cup of the turkey gravy.
  • Next, evenly layer on the chopped turkey. Salt and pepper to taste. Cover with another 1/3-cup gravy.
  • Top turkey with stuffing, press down to make sure even layer is formed. Cover with remaining gravy and the cranberry sauce.
  • Bake in 350ºF oven for 30 minutes.

Make sure your home is ready for Thanksgiving festivities this year. You can keep your guests comfortable when you rely on Family Danz to keep your home heating system up and running. We can help you with heating maintenance, repair and installation. Just give us a call and we’ll be more than happy to make sure you’re company-ready this holiday season.

Don’t Let Old Man Winter Get the Best of You – Count on Family Danz!

When November rolls around, most people start to think about the oncoming winter. Although last year was fairly mild, as New Yorkers we never can be quite sure what the winter months are going to bring. One thing is for sure, though – as the temperatures start to dip down, it’s important to have a heating system that’s ready to handle the winter chill. And, just as importantly, you need a heating contractor who can handle your home’s heating needs, no matter what type of system you have installed.

At Family Danz Heating & Cooling, we offer complete heating services as well as the best products available. When you choose us, we can help meet your home heating needs, whether you own a furnace, a boiler or ductless heating. We’ve been treating our customers like family for more than 30 years, and you can count on us to respond to your needs quickly, with courtesy, honesty and professionalism. We’re pleased to offer our customers the following heating services:

  • Heating Maintenance: The best way to ensure your boiler, furnace or ductless heating system is reliable, safe and running smoothly is by regular maintenance. Regular heating system maintenance is important to both the life of your equipment as well as the efficiency of your equipment.
  • Heating Repair: If you’re faced with a heating system emergency, Family Danz can help. Our technicians are factory-certified and will thoroughly evaluate your system and fin d the best solution to help make your home as comfortable and energy efficient as possible.
  • New Heating Installations: Don’t go into winter another year without a reliable, efficient heating system. We’re pleased to offer some of the most trusted brands available, and professional new heating system installation performed by factory certified technicians.

No matter what your heating system need, Family Danz Heating & Cooling is ready to help you. As a full-service heating contractor, we’re pleased to help you with any boiler, furnace, or ductless heating need you may have. Simply call us at 518-427-8685 and we’ll help ensure your heating system is ready for the long winter ahead!