Ductless Heating Can Keep You Cozy This Winter

Do you have a space in your home that you wish you could use more during the winter months? For people with seasonal rooms, converted areas like attics or garages, or additions, heating those rooms during the colder times of the year can be challenging. Many people resort to using space heaters, which can take up floor space and can cause injury or fire. You should know, however, that you can keep those spaces comfortable, both safely and efficiently, with ductless heating.

Ductless heating is perfect for those areas in your home that don’t have access to your HVAC system’s ductwork, like the spaces mentioned above. Additionally, if you’ve been considering replacing old, inefficient electric baseboard heat throughout your home, ductless heating can be an ideal option. In this article, we’ll share some of the benefits of ductless heating, and explain to you how Family Danz can help you get it for your home. Keep reading to learn more!

5 Benefits of Ductless Heating

In the past, many homeowners in northern climates like New York did not use ductless heating because it was not an effective choice during the coldest months. However, advanced technology has allowed for ductless heat pump systems that can function well in cold climates. Below are five benefits of ductless heating you can expect to enjoy:

  1. Multiple Configurations: Whether you need to heat just one room or your entire home, ductless heating can get the job done. It offers an effective alternative for space heating but is also available in multiple units that can be installed throughout your home for an all-over heating solution – perfect for homes that do not have ductwork.
  2. Energy Efficiency: Ductless heating systems tend to be highly efficient. Unlike traditional furnaces or boilers, they don’t use fossil fuels to heat your home. Instead, they operate using heat pump technology, which extracts heat from the outdoor air and pumps it into your home. And, they are far more efficient than outdated electric baseboard heat – the Department of Energy suggests that ductless systems can reduce your electricity use for heating by up to 65 percent!
  3. Safety: An unfortunate fact about space heaters is that they can cause safety concerns, especially those that burn fuel, such as kerosene heaters. These types of heaters can cause burns, as they are usually on the floor and within reach of children and pets. Additionally, they can emit carbon monoxide if not properly vented and can cause fires. Ductless heating does not burn fuel and is generally installed high on a wall or ceiling, keeping it clear of your home’s living space.
  4. Ease of Operation: Ductless heating systems are easy to operate, and most use a handheld remote to adjust the temperature. Because they can be installed throughout your home in different areas, or zones, you can get targeted comfort for each area. And, they are easy to maintain. The unit is easy to clean with a damp cloth, and the filter is removable for ease of cleaning. Like any other type of HVAC equipment, yearly maintenance by a professional technician is recommended.
  5. Year-Round Comfort: As a bonus, many ductless heating systems can also double as air conditioning systems in the summer months. During warmer weather, the heat pump will extract the heat from the indoor air and pump it outside. This makes ductless an effective and much more efficient alternative to window or portable air conditioners.

How can Family Danz help me decide if ductless heating is right for my home?

As a Mitsubishi Diamond Contractor, Family Danz is pleased to offer professional ductless mini-split heating installation in Albany, Schenectady, Troy, Saratoga, and the surrounding areas. When you need premiere quality ductless mini-split heating in the Capital Region, call Family Danz Heating & Cooling at (518) 427-8685. We’ll tell you about the different options for ductless heating and cooling, and help you find the solution that best suits your needs.

Considering New Air Conditioning for Your Home? Now’s a Great Time!

happy family enjoys cool comfort of air conditioned homeOnce the warmer weather arrives, most people look forward to fun in the sun and vacation time away from school and work. And while they like to spend staycation days outdoors by the pool or on the patio, most people also like having a nice, cool home to enjoy when the day is done.

If your air conditioning system hasn’t been delivering the cool comfort you need for the past couple of years, it might be time to investigate getting a new air conditioning system for your home. In this article, we’ll talk about some of the benefits of installing a new AC system, and how Family Danz can help. Keep reading to learn more!

Benefits of Updating Your Home’s AC System This Spring

Summer will be here before you know it, so now is the perfect time to upgrade your air conditioning system. Not sure if it’s the right choice for your home? Here are some great things to consider:

  1. Better Energy Efficiency: Newer air conditioner models are designed with energy efficiency in mind. And, ductless cooling, which is perfect for homes without ductwork, provides much greater energy efficiency than window or portable models. Chances are, replacing an old AC system with today’s air conditioning will help you save money on energy bills, too.
  2. Improved Home Comfort: A new AC unit will provide better cooling performance compared to an old one, including more consistent temperatures throughout different rooms in your house. Additionally, newer systems tend to be quieter which means that you won’t have to worry about a loud AC system disrupting your sleep or quiet time.
  3. Modern Convenience: Many new air conditioning systems can access the home’s Wi-Fi system and offer convenient online apps that allow homeowners to monitor their air conditioning system and change the temperature remotely. Ductless AC models also offer remote control access, so you can easily turn them on or off, or change the temperature, with the press of a button.
  4. Manufacturer Warranty: If you have a system that’s old and out of date, it’s likely that the warranty is no longer valid. And, as air conditioning systems age, they often need more repairs – and without a valid warranty, that can get expensive. If your system is out of warranty and needs costly repairs, it may be a good time to consider a new AC system installation, as it may cost you less in the long run.
  5. Dealer Availability & Incentives: Often, manufacturers and contractors offer rebates and incentives on the installation of a new system. This can help you save money upfront. Not to mention, many contractors have more availability for installation appointments during the spring. Once Mother Nature cranks up the summertime heat, contractors often become very busy with repair calls.

If you’d like to learn more about new AC for your home, Family Danz can help.

At Family Danz, we like to help our customers enjoy the best possible comfort. That’s why we’re always happy to help you explore your options when it comes to new air conditioning for your home. We’ll schedule an appointment to discuss the best possible system for your home and lifestyle needs and help you choose just the right type of air conditioning system. And, you can rely on our highly-skilled technicians to provide you with expert installation of your new system. If you’re ready for better home comfort – along with energy savings – call Family Danz today at (518) 427-8685. We’ll be happy to schedule an appointment with you at your convenience.

Just give us a call at (518) 427-8685, and we will be glad to assist you.

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Updating a Bonus Room? Keep it Cool with Ductless Air Conditioning!

Family watching television in living roomOnce the spring season arrives, many homeowners start to think about how they can take advantage of the better weather for home improvements. Some get to work on updating lawn, garden and patio spaces, while other people replace doors and windows. Some homeowners use the better weather as a time for home remodeling. If you’ve been thinking about turning an unused room in your home into livable space, you’ll also want to consider how best to keep it comfortable.

Whether you’re creating a craft or hobby room, a guest bedroom, a home theater space, or even a cozy den or library area, you’ll want to ensure that your bonus room is as comfortable as possible. Unfortunately, bonus rooms in areas of the home like attics, basements, or garages may not be connected to the home’s ductwork system. The good news is, you won’t have to resort to clunky window air conditioning to keep it cool – ductless air conditioning offers the perfect solution.

What is ductless air conditioning?

Ductless air conditioning is a type of home cooling system that does not require access to air ducts in order to operate. Ductless systems generally use heat pump technology, which means they extract the heat from the indoor air and pump it outside. The indoor unit is attached to the outdoor unit using small-diameter piping, so homeowners don’t need to worry about extensive, messy construction. Technicians are able to install a ductless unit within a day or two in most homes.

What are some benefits of ductless AC?

You might be wondering if there are any real advantages to ductless air conditioning over window AC. Here are a few reasons why we recommend it for rooms with no ductwork:

  • Energy efficiency: Ductless AC uses heat pump technology to cool your space, making it much more efficient than window air conditioning.
  • Safety: Ductless units are mounted high on the wall or ceiling, so you don’t have to worry about them toppling out of a window or obstructing your view.
  • Improved Indoor Air Quality: Ductless units filter the air as it circulates throughout the room, so many homeowners notice cleaner, fresher indoor air. Cleaning the filter monthly is simple, and guarantees fresh airflow.
  • Quiet Operation: If you’ve ever been in a room with window air conditioning, you know how noisy and obtrusive it can be. Ductless systems are whisper-quiet, making them perfect for bedrooms and home theater spaces.
  • Year-Round Comfort: One of the biggest advantages of ductless is that many configurations also offer heating in the winter. You won’t have to worry about a space heater taking up valuable floor space, and you’ll enjoy highly efficient heating.

Can Family Danz help me get ductless for my bonus room?

If you’re planning to convert an unused area of your home into livable space this spring or summer, Family Danz can help you get the home comfort equipment you need. We’re pleased to offer our customers high-quality ductless products, installed by our professional technicians. If you’d like to learn more about how we can help you get better cooling for your home, give us a call at (518) 427-8685. We’ll be happy to schedule an appointment with you at your convenience.

Why Should I Consider Ductless Cooling for My Home?

Woman stands in front of the air conditioner.For many years, people only had a couple of options when it came to home air conditioning. They would either need to choose central air conditioning or window air conditioners. While central air conditioning can be very effective and efficient, it isn’t an option for homes without ductwork. And, anyone with window air conditioning knows it can be loud, clunky, and is not always energy efficient.

In recent years, though, more and more people are discovering ductless cooling. This type of system is quiet, highly efficient, simple to install, and best of all, offers cooling without the need for ductwork. For applications where adding ductwork is either impossible or impractical, ductless is an excellent option – whether cooling one room or your entire home. Keep reading to learn more!

5 Reasons Why Ductless May Be Ideal for Your Home

  1. You have a single space you want to cool. In some instances, you have air conditioning throughout your home, but lack ductwork in a single space, such as a converted garage or addition. In this situation, you may be looking for a more effective solution than window air conditioning. A ductless system can easily be installed high on a wall or ceiling and can provide you with targeted comfort for that space.
  2. You have baseboard heating in your home. Homes that have baseboard heating often don’t have ductwork, and that can mean you either don’t have air conditioning or rely on window AC to keep cool. If that’s the case, ductless cooling can provide you with a less obtrusive, more efficient way to cool your entire home. And, many ductless systems also provide heating in the winter, so if you need to replace your old baseboard heat, ductless can offer a year-round home comfort solution.
  3. You don’t have ductwork. As we mentioned above, some homes have heating systems (like baseboard and/or radiant heat) that don’t require a central ductwork system. For situations like this, ductless can be a perfect choice. Ductless systems do not require ductwork in order to operate, as there are single units per room or zone in your home, allowing you targeted, room-by-room comfort.
  4. You would like a year-round home comfort solution. While some ductless systems provide cooling exclusively, there are some systems that also offer heating in the winter. This is a great choice if you have an occasional space in your home that you’d like to be able to use all year, or in the instances described above. Additionally, ductless systems are generally highly efficient and will provide you with much better energy efficiency than most window air conditioners or space heaters can provide.
  5. You need to balance your current air conditioning system. Occasionally, your home’s central air conditioning system may have to work extra hard to provide cooling throughout your home. This can be because you’ve added floor space, or your home’s build makes it difficult for the conditioned air to flow properly throughout your home. Adding a ductless unit to a hard-to-reach space may make it easier for your central air to do its job – helping it perform more effectively and efficiently.

Can Family Danz provide the ductless installation I need?

Family Danz is pleased to offer our customers high-quality ductless products, installed by our professional technicians. Our ductless systems are available in many different configurations, whether you need cooling in one specific area or all throughout your home. If you’d like to learn more about how we can help you get better cooling for your home, give us a call at (518) 427-8685. We’ll be happy to schedule an appointment with you at your convenience.

Feeling Chilly This Winter? Keep Your Whole House Warm with Ductless!

Woman sits on couch using remote control on ductless unitThe cold winter months in the Capital Region can certainly make it difficult to stay comfortable. You look to your home as a warm, cozy haven to come into out of the cold, but if your heating isn’t adequate, you’re probably feeling the chill even when you’re indoors. Central heating systems work great in areas where your ductwork can reach, but in some instances, you may need a little extra help keeping your house warm.

Fortunately, ductless heating systems are a great option. Because of new technology, ductless now works great even in colder climates, making it a solid choice for homeowners in the Northeast. Plus, because it is available in a number of different configurations, it can be installed in most homes with minimal construction and downtime. In this article, we’ll explore the different ways ductless may benefit your home.

Areas of Your Home Where Ductless Heating Can Be Beneficial

Ductless heating relies on a heat pump system to transfer the heat from the outdoor air into your home. Many people worry this won’t work in colder temperatures, but there is heat in the outdoor air, even on chillier days. This heat is brought into the home using an outdoor heat pump unit and generally requires only a small-diameter hole to connect the outdoor and indoor units. As a result, your technician should easily be able to install your ductless system quickly – so you will be toasty-warm in no time.

Ductless systems can either be installed as singular units or in a multiple unit configuration throughout your whole home. Here are three different scenarios where ductless can help keep your entire house comfortable:

  1. You have an addition or converted space. If you’ve added onto your home or converted an area such as an attached garage or attic into living space, this area of your home might not have access to your central HVAC system. With a ductless system, you’ll be able to keep that area of your home warm, without having the mess and expense of adding ductwork.
  2. You have “cold spots” in your home. There are a variety of reasons you may notice one room of your home does not warm up adequately. If you have an older home, it may have not been originally built with an HVAC system in mind. If you’ve added space, your current heating system may not be able to effectively heat the home due to its sizing. A ductless system can help remedy that – and help your central heating system work more efficiently.
  3. You have old, inefficient baseboard electric heat. Generally speaking, homes with electric heating systems often do not have ductwork. Adding it can be a costly, time-consuming, and messy venture. And, you may not have the space to add ductwork to your home. With ductless heating, you can replace an old baseboard heating system with a new, highly efficient system that takes up no floor space and provides the benefit of air conditioning in the summer – so you can get rid of those bulky, noisy window AC units.

Wait… ductless can keep my home cool in the summer, too?

Yes! As an added benefit of ductless, the process of transferring heat indoors can be reversed in the summer months, keeping you and your family cool when it gets hot outdoors. A ductless system provides heating and air conditioning, all in one compact unit!

And, there are some other benefits you’ll appreciate as well:

  • High efficiency. Ductless systems, according to ENERGY STAR, use an average of 60 percent less energy to operate than standard baseboard electric heat, and up to 30 percent less energy than window or room air conditioners.
  • Quiet operation. Most people who have ductless heating and cooling marvel over how quiet their system is – in fact, most say it’s as quiet as a whisper. Anyone who has had noisy window air conditioning can appreciate that!
  • Remote control. Ductless systems are extremely easy to control using a remote. Some even have an app that you can download, making it easy to control the temperature using your smartphone.

How can I get ductless heating and cooling for my home?

Getting ductless for your home is as easy as giving Family Danz a call. We’ll be glad to talk to you about ductless heating and cooling, and what configuration is the best choice for your home. Just give us a call at (518)427-8685, and we’ll be happy to schedule an appointment with you.

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Maximize Your Home’s HVAC System with Ductless

mother and daughter on couch using ductless heating unitWhile ductless heating and cooling has been around for a while now, some people have not yet heard of it, or if they have, don’t really know what it is. Ductless heating and cooling is, quite simply, a heating and cooling system that works without the need for ductwork. Most systems operate via a heat pump system and require minimal construction to install.

Additionally, ductless heating and cooling is very quiet, easy to operate, and best of all, highly energy efficient. But, if you already have an HVAC system in your home, you might be wondering if ductless could be of any benefit to you. The answer is yes! If you use any window air conditioning units or space heaters in your home, ductless can provide a less obtrusive, and more energy-efficient solution. Keep reading to learn more!

Three Ways Ductless Can Help Keep You Comfortable

  1. Ductless is great for additions and converted spaces. If you have built on to your home or converted an area like the basement, attic, or garage into a living space, that part of your home may not have access to your home’s ductwork. And that can make those spaces harder to enjoy when the weather outside gets too hot or cold. Some people rely on window AC or space heaters to keep those areas climate controlled, but they can be obtrusive, noisy, and can use a lot of energy. Having a ductless unit installed in that space is the perfect solution because it can provide the heating and cooling you need to enjoy the area year-round, all while offering energy efficiency.
  2. Ductless can help balance out the temperatures in your home. In larger or older homes, sometimes homeowners find that there are areas that are more difficult to keep cool in the summer and warm in the winter. They may even find themselves cranking up the heat or AC system in order to make these rooms comfortable – and that can use a lot of fuel oil and electricity. By adding a ductless heating and cooling system in these areas, it will be much easier to keep these areas of your home comfortable and will help your central HVAC system not have to work as hard.
  3. If you need to replace old baseboard heat, ductless is a great option. If you have electric baseboard heat in your home that needs replacing, ductless is a perfect choice. Since it doesn’t require ductwork in order to operate, you won’t need to worry about messy construction. And, ductless will likely save you money on your energy bills, too – that’s because ductless can cut heating costs in half, and cooling costs by 30 percent, according to ENERGY STAR.

Do you think ductless might be a good choice for your home? Family Danz can help.

If you’d like to learn more about ductless heating and cooling, and whether or not it’s a good choice for your home, give Family Danz Heating & Cooling a call at (518) 427-8685. We’ll tell you about the different options for ductless, and help you find the solution that best suits your needs.

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Need to Cool a Seasonal Room? Consider Ductless.

Room in a home with a wall-mounted ductless unitMany homes, both older and modern, feature seasonal rooms that allow for spectacular views and a great area to unwind after a long day at work. However, during the heat of the summer, these rooms can be a bit uncomfortable. Often, these rooms don’t have access to the home’s duct system, so central air conditioning might not reach them. Fans and window AC are options, but these may not cool the space effectively and efficiently. Fortunately, there is an option that can make your seasonal room a comfortable haven – ductless cooling.

Ductless cooling is a great choice for areas that don’t have access to your home’s duct system, like seasonal rooms, additions, converted attics or garages, or finished basements. Unlike other room cooling options, like window or portable air conditioning, ductless systems don’t take up living space, obstruct views, or create uncomfortable noise levels. In this article, we’ll explain how ductless can be beneficial, and how it can help you better enjoy all the spaces in your home.

Five Reasons to Choose Ductless Cooling

As we said above, ductless cooling can help you enjoy quiet comfort that doesn’t take up window or floor space. That in and of itself is a great reason to consider ductless over traditional window air conditioning. But there are other additional benefits that might surprise you.

  1. Ductless cooling is energy efficient. Ductless systems utilize heat pumps to work, which makes them highly energy-efficient. And because ductless cooling can help balance spaces in your home where your central AC might not reach, it can help your main system operate more efficiently, too.
  2. Ductless can help with indoor air quality. Ductless systems are great at filtering out particles that might be floating around in your indoor air, such as dust, dander, and pollen. Generally speaking, the filters are easy to remove and clean, allowing you and your family to enjoy fresher air.
  3. Ductless systems blend into your home décor. Because they are mounted high on walls or on ceilings, your ductless system won’t block your views or take up floor space like other room air conditioning systems.
  4. Ductless AC systems are easy to control. Most are controlled via remote, so anyone using the room can adjust the temperature easily at the touch of a button! Some ductless systems are WiFi-enabled, allowing you to control your system from your smartphone or laptop.
  5. Many ductless systems can provide heating, too. If you have a room in your home that you don’t use when it gets too hot or too cold outside, a ductless system can make that a thing of the past. There are ductless systems available that can provide both heating and cooling, so you and your family can enjoy all the spaces in your home all year long!

For energy-efficient comfort throughout your entire home, ductless is a great choice.

As you can see, there are many reasons homeowners are choosing ductless systems for room air conditioning. What’s more, many utility companies offer rebates for ductless systems, because they are so energy-efficient and can help the home’s entire HVAC system work more efficiently, too. If you’d like to learn more about how ductless systems can help you and your family enjoy greater comfort – and save money on your energy bills – all you need to do is contact Family Danz. We’ll be more than happy to tell you more about ductless cooling and heating products, and how we can help you enjoy better home comfort. Just give us a call at 518.427.8685, and we’ll be glad to schedule an appointment with you!

Is Ductless Cooling & Heating the Right Choice for My Home?

Couple sitting on couch next to a wall-mounted ductless unitAs more and more people are working from home, they’re finding it necessary to make use of all of their spaces, year-round. Many people are converting areas like seasonal rooms, finished basements, and converted garages and attics into office space. But, they might find these spaces that are only used during milder months uncomfortable when it gets hot in the summer and cold in the winter. Often, these spaces don’t have access to the home’s duct system, and it can be an expensive, messy venture to add ductwork. Fortunately, there is a solution – ductless cooling and heating.

Just like the name suggests, ductless systems operate without having to add ductwork, making them a great choice for areas in your home where adding ductwork is either impossible or impractical. And aside from providing a comfort solution, there are many additional benefits to ductless cooling and heating that many homeowners are unaware of. In this article, we’ll explain some of these benefits, and how ductless can enhance your home – and help create additional living space year-round.

Five Benefits of Ductless Cooling & Heating

If you have a space in your home that needs year-round climate control, but doesn’t have access to your home’s duct system, then ductless may just be the solution for you. Here are some benefits that you’ll enjoy when you install ductless:

  1. Ductless cooling and heating systems are unobtrusive. If you’re currently using room heating or air conditioning for climate control, you know they can take up some of the living space in your room. Since ductless is mounted on a wall or ceiling, it won’t take up floor space or block your window view.
  2. Ductless systems can help improve indoor air quality. Because they have filters at the source, they’ll trap any tiny particles like dust, dirt, and pollen, preventing it from circulating around the room. The air will be fresher and cleaner, which is especially helpful for those suffering from allergies.
  3. Ductless cooling and heating is energy-efficient. Most ductless systems utilize heat pump technology to operate, which is one of the most efficient methods of cooling and heating around. And, because your ductless system will provide climate control for the space in which it’s installed, your home comfort system won’t have to work as hard to cool or heat that space – helping you save on energy bills.
  4. Ductless systems are easy to operate. Most ductless cooling and heating systems are operated via remote control, allowing you to adjust the temperature easily, with just the touch of a button.
  5. With ductless heating and cooling, you’ll only notice the comfort – not the noise. Ductless systems are engineered to operate quietly, unlike window air conditioning units or space heaters, which can be loud. Ductless systems are whisper-quiet when they operate.

How can I get ductless for my home?

Getting the ductless cooling and heating system you need is as easy as calling Family Danz. And, because they’re simple to install and require minimal construction work, your new system will be up and running quickly – allowing you to enjoy comfort before you know it! If you think ductless might be the right solution for your home comfort needs, just give us a call at 518.427.8685, and we’ll be happy to schedule an appointment with you.