Count on Family Danz for the Heating Products You Need for Your Home

Have you been dealing with a heating system that just isn’t operating properly in your home? There are many reasons why heating systems like furnaces and boilers stop working well. Maybe your heating system is on the older side. Or, maybe it hasn’t been maintained on a yearly basis. Or perhaps you’ve made changes to your home, like adding living space. All of these factors can impact how long your heating system lasts.

If your energy bills are increasing, your heating system seems to run frequently, you’ve been noticing that you’re just not as warm and comfy as you’d like to be, or all of the above – it could be time to look into a new heating system for your home. Right now, Family Danz is offering savings on all types of heating equipment – so no matter what specific type is currently installed in your home, we can help you get a new one for less.

Learn about the different types of heating systems Family Danz offers.

  • Boilers: Gas, oil, or electric boilers heat your home by moving heated water from a central point through a radiator. In homes with boiler heating systems, there is usually little to no ductwork, but instead, pipes that run the heated water throughout the home. In some applications, the boiler can also act as a water heater for the home.
  • Furnaces: Furnaces produce heat by combustion, heating the air, and then moving the heated air through the home’s duct system. Most people have a gas or oil furnace in their homes, although electric furnaces are also available.
  • Heat Pumps: Heat pump systems are unique in that they don’t require gas or oil to operate; instead, they use the heat from the outdoor air or the earth to heat your home. Because of this, they are a highly efficient type of heating equipment. What’s more, they can be reversed in the summer so that they also act as an air conditioner.
  • Ductless Heating Systems: Ductless heating systems use heat pump technology, but instead of operating as a central heating system and using the home’s ductwork to distribute the air, they require no ductwork. They can be used in a single application to heat a specific area of your home or can be used to heat your entire home through a series of individual units. They are generally highly efficient, providing targeted comfort.

Getting the heating system you need is as easy as calling Family Danz.

There’s no need to deal with another year of inefficient, ineffective heating in your home. Whether you need a boiler, furnace, heat pump, or ductless heating, today’s heating equipment will provide you with better comfort and savings on your utility bills, too. Contact Family Danz today to find out more about how we can help you get new heating installed in your home, all while enjoying our money-saving offer. Simply give us a call at 518.427.8685 and we will be glad to assist you.

Learn About Heating Your Home This Winter

When you live in the Capital Region, you know that many months of the year require heating your home. We have long winters here, and that means you need to have a heating system that operates both effectively and efficiently. Many people don’t really think about their home’s heating system until an issue comes up – and that can be a costly venture, depending on the level of repair. One of the most proactive things you can do is learn about heating your home – what types of heating are available, how to know if you need a repair, and what to do if you need a replacement.

Today, there are many different types of heating equipment available.

In the past, most people either had furnaces or boilers in their homes and often, the equipment didn’t provide homeowners with the best energy efficiency. As environmental concerns have increased over the years, HVAC manufacturers have worked to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of heating equipment. Boilers and furnaces from 15-20 years ago, for instance, may have been 60 percent efficient at best. Today, most manufacturers have equipment models that are up to 98 percent efficient; not to mention, there are new, innovative types of equipment that provide optimal heating and incredible efficiency.

Learn about the types of heating equipment available today.

While most people either have a furnace or a boiler in their home, there are other types of equipment available to help people stay comfortable. Learn about the types of heating systems you can get for your home to determine what may be the best system for you and your family.

Boilers

Gas, oil, or electric boilers heat your home by moving heated water from a central point through a radiator. In homes with boiler heating systems, there is usually little to no ductwork, but instead, pipes that run the heated water throughout the home. In some applications, the boiler can also act as a water heater for the home.

Furnaces

Furnaces produce heat by combustion, heating the air, and then moving the heated air through the home’s duct system. Most people have a gas or oil furnace in their homes, although electric furnaces are also available.

Heat Pumps

Heat pump systems are unique in that they don’t require gas or oil to operate; instead, they use the heat from the outdoor air or the earth to heat your home. Because of this, they are a highly efficient type of heating equipment. What’s more, they can be reversed in the summer so that they also act as an air conditioner.

Ductless Heating Systems

Ductless heating systems use heat pump technology, but instead of operating as a central heating system and using the home’s ductwork to distribute the air, they require no ductwork. They can be used in a single application to heat a specific area of your home or can be used to heat your entire home through a series of individual units. They are generally highly efficient, providing targeted comfort.

Resources to Help You Learn More About Heating Equipment & Efficiency

When you’re considering a new heating system, keep in mind that this is a major investment. Like a vehicle, heating systems are complex pieces of machinery that require appropriate installation and operation in order to work effectively, efficiently, and safely. Therefore, doing research is important. Reliable sources can provide you with a wealth of excellent information. That being said, there is an overwhelming amount of information on the internet and it can be tough to ensure that the websites you’re visiting are providing accurate content. To make this easier for you, we’re providing a shortlist of sites that can help you learn more about heating.

  • ENERGY STAR: This is a government organization that focuses on helping people learn about energy efficiency. Additionally, it offers energy-efficiency ratings on various types and brands of equipment to help consumers make the best choices.
  • Angie’s List: As an online review-collecting group, Angie’s List provides an overview of different heating systems, giving you the information you need to make the right choice for your home.
  • The U.S. Department of Energy: This website offers useful statistics, data, and an unbiased review of the different types of heating equipment available, including their efficiency and effectiveness.

Heating System Concerns: How to Know if You’re Headed for a Breakdown

Of course, heating systems require regular maintenance in order to operate at their most effective and efficient best. Therefore, we recommend that consumers get annual heating maintenance regardless of the type of system they have installed in their home. Getting maintenance can help mitigate the need for repairs while keeping systems running smoothly. As systems get older, they often become less efficient and can need heating repairs from time to time. Here are five ways to tell if your system may be having issues:

  1. Age of Equipment. Most types of heating equipment last 15 years before they need replacing. If your system is nearing that age and hasn’t been performing as well as it used to, you might want to consider replacing it. Unfortunately, heating systems that haven’t been properly maintained can start to show signs of failure even sooner. You can help ensure your system lasts longer by getting annual maintenance and changing out filters when they are dirty.
  2. Utility Bill Spike. If you noticed an uptick in your utility bills over the past winter that doesn’t correlate with increased costs, then it means your heating is likely working harder to give you the heating output your home requires. Sometimes the solution is simple, like cleaning your system and changing the filter, but other times it can signal larger issues.
  3. Dusty House. If you’ve noticed a layer of dust on household surfaces lately, it’s likely your heating system is blowing dust, dirt, and debris around. The fix is usually simply changing the filter. Doing this helps your indoor air quality improve, and it helps your heating system perform better. Your HVAC contractor can help you change the filter
  4. Noisy Equipment. Mechanical equipment makes some noise when it operates. However, if you’re hearing grinding, banging, or squealing sounds coming from your equipment, it’s an indication of a mechanical failure somewhere in your furnace. Shut it down and call a licensed contractor to come help.
  5. Frequent, Costly Repairs. If your system has needed frequent, expensive repairs, you may wish to consider replacing your system. You can find out if a system replacement would be more advantageous than a repair by multiplying the cost of repairs by the age of your system. If the number is 5000 or more, then it’s probably a good time to consider a replacement.

Finally, choose a heating contractor you can trust.

Whether you need repair, replacement, or maintenance for your heating system, choosing a reliable contractor is important. When you choose a company like Family Danz, you’re choosing a family-owned business that has been helping meet the needs of people throughout the Capital Region for more than 30 years. And, we have an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau, so you can count on us to provide you with quality products and services, and complete customer satisfaction. To learn more about how we can assist you this heating season, give us a call at 518.427.8685, and we will be more than happy to help you.

Heating Systems 101: Learn About the Types of Heating Equipment

Now that the heating season has arrived, you may be thinking about the heating system in your home – especially if it’s not working properly. Unlike in the past when most people used either boilers or furnaces to heat their homes, today there are many types of heating systems available. Across the board, modern heating systems are far more efficient than their predecessors and are made to work effectively while providing up to 98 percent efficiency.

You may be considering installing a new system in your home, but might be confused about the different types on the market. What type of heating system is right for you and your family, as well as your home? Below, we’ll explore the different types of heating systems available from Family Danz, providing a brief description of each and a link to the product page on our website.

Learn about the various heating systems Family Danz has to offer.

Boilers: Gas, oil, or electric boilers heat your home by moving heated water from a central point through a radiator. In homes with boiler heating systems, there is usually little to no ductwork, but instead, pipes that run the heated water throughout the home. In some applications, the boiler can also act as a water heater for the home. Read more here…

Furnaces: Furnaces produce heat by combustion, heating the air, and then moving the heated air through the home’s duct system. Most people have a gas or oil furnace in their homes, although electric furnaces are also available. Read more here…

Heat Pumps: Heat pump systems are unique in that they don’t require gas or oil to operate; instead, they use the heat from the outdoor air or the earth to heat your home. Because of this, they are a highly efficient type of heating equipment. What’s more, they can be reversed in the summer so that they also act as an air conditioner. Read more here…

Ductless Heating Systems: Ductless heating systems use heat pump technology, but instead of operating as a central heating system and using the home’s ductwork to distribute the air, they require no ductwork. They can be used in a single application to heat a specific area of your home or can be used to heat your entire home through a series of individual units. They are generally highly efficient, providing targeted comfort. Read more here…

Family Danz can help you choose the right heating system for your home.

When you need a new heating system, you can trust Family Danz to help you choose the best system for your home and your family’s needs. Simply contact us at 518.427.8685, and we will be more than happy to schedule a consultation with you.

How Family Danz Helps People Stay Warm

Winters in the Capital Region are often cold and last for months, with chilly temperatures and snow arriving as early as late October and not leaving until April. As a result, most homeowners rely on their heating systems for a good portion of the year. That’s why it’s so important to have a heating contractor you can count on, for all of your home heating needs.

When you choose Family Danz to help, you’re choosing a full-service heating contractor with the experience to help you get any heating product or service you might need. We provide a full suite of services and quality heating products, as well as fuel oil delivery, so you can stay warm all winter long – no matter how long the cold weather settles in.

Learn more about heating products and services from Family Danz.

No matter what type of heating system you have installed in your home, Family Danz is able to help. Our expert technicians have been specially trained to offer you prompt, thorough heating services. Not to mention, we install quality Bryant® heating equipment, so you’ll be getting quality equipment from a trusted name in HVAC. We’re pleased to provide the following:

Heating Installation: We provide a complete range of heating products, including furnaces, boilers, heat pumps, and ductless heating systems. And, we’ll make sure you have the right product for your home, sized appropriately for your house size and lifestyle needs. Our technicians will install it to your complete satisfaction and will provide you with the services you need to keep your system running effectively and efficiently for years to come.

Heating Maintenance: One of the best things you can do for your heating system is to ensure it gets the annual maintenance it needs. Maintaining your system is important because it helps your system operate as efficiently and effectively as possible. It also helps your system last longer, all while keeping your manufacturer warranty intact. And, at Family Danz, we can provide maintenance on virtually any make or model of equipment – even if we didn’t install it.

Heating Repair: Nobody wants to think about their heating system breaking down on the coldest night of the year, but if that happens to you, you can count on Family Danz to help. Our technicians will provide expert repair services to get your equipment back up and running quickly. And, if your system is beyond repair or the repair costs will be cost-prohibitive, we can help you get a new system that fits your needs and your budget.

Fuel Oil Delivery: In addition to quality heating products and expert service, Family Danz is also pleased to offer our customers the fuel oil delivery they need to stay warm and toasty. We offer premium fuel oils at the lowest possible price, and we’re pleased to provide customers with budget plans and scheduled delivery, so you’ll be able to save money – and you won’t have to worry about running out of fuel.

Trust Family Danz to provide you with everything you need to stay warm this winter.

When you need heating products and services this winter, it’s as easy as giving Family Danz a call. We’re ready to assist you – simply contact us at 518.427.8685, and we will be more than happy to help.

Get the Heating Repair You Need from Family Danz

It’s not something anyone wants to think about, but it happens to the best of us – we wake up to a chilly house, only to find our heating system has broken down. If this happens to you, you need to know you can call someone who is reliable, professional and can help with your emergency and get you the heating repair you need as quickly as possible. At Family Danz, we make it our priority to help you.

We’ve offered our heating services for more than 30 years, and we’re dedicated to getting you the quality repair you need, all while providing you with the best possible service. That’s because at Family Danz, we truly believe in treating our customers like family. We want to make sure you’re comfortable and safe, and that even inconveniences like a furnace or boiler breakdown are as worry-free as possible for you.

How can Family Danz help if I’m having a heating emergency?

When you call us, you’ll notice right away that we’re different from the rest. We really do want to help you, and your comfort is very important to us. Our technicians are factory-certified, and they will completely evaluate your heating system repair needs in order to get your home as comfortable and energy efficient as possible. They’ll arrive at your home promptly and can address any concerns you might have. They’ll bring with them the most advanced diagnostic tools and equipment, so you can trust that they’ll get to the root of the problem quickly – and have your heating system back up and running in no time.

Not to mention, if you have a service agreement with us, we’re happy to provide you with priority scheduling for your emergency. And, you’ll get a 15 percent discount on parts and labor and won’t have to pay overtime rates. A service agreement also ensures annual maintenance on your heating and air conditioning equipment – which can keep breakdowns from happening in the first place!

What’s the best way to contact Family Danz if I need help?

If you need emergency service, give us a call at 518.427.8685 or contact us online and we will be happy to help. However, your safety is of utmost importance to us, so if you notice any of the following, please leave your home immediately and contact your utility company and/or your local fire department before giving us a call:

  • Overpowering fuel odor
  • Smoke coming from equipment
  • Flames coming from equipment
  • Smoke detector sounding
  • Carbon monoxide detector sounding

Please be safe and use caution if you’re faced with equipment that isn’t working properly. Any equipment that relies on a fuel or electric source can become dangerous if it is malfunctioning.

Need a New Furnace? Consider Bryant® High Efficiency.

With the cold weather returning, many people are turning on their heating systems – and dreading the energy bills that come along with it. Older furnaces, especially those that haven’t been well-maintained over the years, definitely can be a huge energy-sucker in your home. If your furnace is more than 10 years old, it may be time to consider a replacement.

Of course, purchasing a new furnace for your home can be a hefty expense. Many people don’t consider that furnaces, just like vehicles, are complex equipment. They’re built to not only provide you and your family with comfort, but also safety. That’s why it’s so important to choose quality equipment, like Bryant, and to make sure you hire a trusted contractor to install your furnace.

Why choose high efficiency heating?

According to the Department of Energy (DOE),“upgrading to a high efficiency furnace or boiler is an effective way to save money on home heating.” They suggest that when you look for high efficiency heating equipment, check for the ENERGY STAR® label. They also advise that if you live in a cold climate area, it usually makes sense for you to invest in the highest efficiency equipment possible. Additionally, they say it’s important that you get annual maintenance for your heating system – that way, you can help ensure that it runs both effectively and efficiently for years to come.

Bryant offers high-efficiency heating systems that are both effective and save on energy.

When you choose a Bryant Evolution® model furnace, you can get up to 98 percent efficiency. That means that there is only a two-percent energy loss, and the rest goes to heating your home. Evolution offers quiet, smooth whole-home comfort. Additionally, Bryant offers their Preferred™ series, which can provide up to 96.5 percent efficiency, as well as their Legacy™ line, which offers up to 95 percent efficiency. All are built to be durable, reliable, and to provide you with the best in home comfort now and for years to come.

Family Danz can help you get the high-efficiency heating you need for your home.

Family Danz is a full-service HVAC company, and as such, we’re pleased to offer our customers a wide range of heating products and services tailored to meet your needs promptly, efficiently and courteously. If you’d like to talk to us about high-efficiency heating for your home, simply give us a call at 518.427.8685, and we will be more than happy to assist you.

Have You Scheduled Your Fall Tune-Up? 5 Reasons Why You Should.

You rely on your heating system to help you stay comfortable once the chilly weather hits. That’s why yearly maintenance on your furnace, boiler or heat pump system is so important.

With annual fall maintenance, you can keep your heating system running smoothly all winter long – and save yourself from the hassle of a breakdown. We’re sharing five reasons why you should call and schedule your fall heating maintenance appointment below.

Top 5 Reasons to Consider Maintenance for Your Home Heating System

  1. Heating maintenance helps keep your system running efficiently. A dirty system has to work much harder to operate properly. When you get annual maintenance, your system will be cleaned and its components well-oiled – making it operate more easily, and thus more efficiently.
  2. A well-maintained furnace, boiler or heat pump lasts longer. Think about it – if you never maintained your vehicle, you wouldn’t expect it to last very long. Your heating equipment is the same. It needs cleaning, maintenance, and even small repairs in order to stay in good working condition.
  3. You’ll be less likely to experience a breakdown come winter. Getting seasonal maintenance can help find small problems before they become larger ones. You’ll be able to take care of the problem before it really starts – and becomes an expensive repair or replacement.
  4. Your indoor air quality will be better. Because your system is cleaned and the filter is changed, you can expect that the air circulating through your system and throughout your home will be much cleaner and less likely to be dirty or dusty.
  5. You’ll maintain your manufacturer warranty. If you read the fine print on your manufacturer warranty for your heating equipment, you’ll likely find that preventive maintenance is required in order to keep your warranty intact. And this is important, because it can prevent you from having to pay expensive repair or replacement costs.

Getting the preventive maintenance you need is as easy as calling Family Danz.

At Family Danz, we’re always ready to help our customers’ heating systems run their most efficient best. We’re here to help you get the fall maintenance you need. Just give us a call at 518.427.8685 and we’ll schedule an appointment for you.

Fuel Up This Fall with Family Danz

You trust Family Danz to meet your home comfort needs, such as heating system installation, maintenance and repair. But did you know that we can also provide for your fuel oil needs as well? We deliver our customers only premium grade fuel oil at the lowest possible price. You can count on us for the fuel you need to keep your heating system running at top performance.

That’s because our fuel oil contains special detergents that keep your system running clean, and at its efficient best. These heating fuel additives may help reduce service calls, extend the life of your equipment, help you save money, and are less harmful to the environment. That means you can be comfortable in your home, all while feeling better about the fuel you use.

And, at Family Danz we can provide fuel commercially, too.

Do you need fuel commercially as well? In addition to delivering fuel oil, kerosene and Bioheat to homes, we’re also pleased to supply on-road and off-road diesel to farms, construction companies, excavators and many other commercial accounts. At Family Danz, we’re so confident we can provide fuel oil at the lowest available price that we publish it daily on our website.

We also offer convenient payment plans to help meet your needs.

When you choose Family Danz for your heating fuel needs, you can schedule automatic deliveries at no charge. Discounted budget and prepayment plans are available with automatic deliveries. Or, if you’d just rather call us when you need fuel oil delivery, please contact our office when you tank gauge is between half and a quarter full, in order to allow ample time for scheduling delivery. Simply reach out to us at 518.427.8685 and we’ll be happy to help.

Autumn is Coming! Time to Schedule Your Fall Maintenance.

As always, it seems like summer just flew by, and it’s once again time for back to school – and back to routine. Of course, fall means that cooler weather is on its way, too. Before you know it, you’ll probably be shutting down the air conditioning for the season and thinking about home heating again. Is your furnace ready for the cooler weather ahead? It will be, if you get it the annual maintenance it needs.

Annual maintenance is an important part of your fall routine. Just like you change the batteries in your smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors in the fall, getting your furnace checked out by a professional is something that should be on your fall to-do list. There are many reasons why fall maintenance is important, but unfortunately many people often neglect it. But is it really a big deal? What problems might occur if you choose to bypass furnace maintenance?

Neglecting furnace maintenance can be a costly mistake.

Sometimes, people avoid annual maintenance because they don’t think the expense is worth it, especially if their furnace is running okay. But there are a few problems that can occur when you don’t get your furnace the maintenance it needs – some that you may not have considered.

  • Your furnace can run less efficiently. Furnace components can gather dust, dirt and grime, and filters can easily clog up. Both of these factors can make your furnace work harder, and in the long run, use more energy. And that can be costly when it comes to your utility bills.
  • Minor issues can go unnoticed. As furnaces age, it becomes more likely that there are occasional small repairs that need to be made. Unfortunately, without proper maintenance these issues can go unchecked – leading to larger, more expensive repairs down the road.
  • You could void your warranty. Many times, manufacturers require that customers get annual maintenance on their home comfort systems in order to keep the warranty intact. Failure to do so could void the warranty – and end up costing you in expensive repairs or replacement down the road.
  • Your heating system might not last as long. Think about it – what if you never changed the oil in your car, or put on new tires? You probably wouldn’t expect your car to last as long as it could. The same goes for your furnace. It needs periodic tune-ups and checkups in order to work effectively, and to last for a long time.
  • You could suffer from poor indoor air quality. If your furnace is collecting gunk and your filter is dirty, it only stands to reason that all that dust and debris will end up floating around the air in your home every time the furnace runs. That can cause your home to be less clean, and is especially a problem for allergy sufferers.

The good news? You can get the fall maintenance you need by calling Family Danz.

At Family Danz, your comfort is our priority. That’s why we’re pleased to offer you the furnace maintenance you need to ensure your equipment is running effectively and efficiently. To schedule your fall maintenance appointment with us, simply give us a call at 518.427.8685, and we’ll be happy to help.

Tips for Saving Fuel & Heating Your Home More Efficiently

With cooler weather on the way, your thoughts might be turning to how you can save some money on heating your home. Most homeowners budget for heating costs, but that doesn’t mean you can’t take steps to make your home more efficient. Fortunately, there are a few things you can do to help save fuel – and save money on your utility bills.

Five Ways You Can Improve Your Home Heating Efficiency

  • Check your insulation. If your home’s insulation isn’t up to par, it can definitely affect your comfort level. Having adequate insulation is important, because it helps keep your home warmer in the winter – and cooler in the summer. It helps your home comfort system operate more effectively and efficiently, too, because it doesn’t have to work as hard to keep your home at a comfortable level.
  • Make sure doors and windows are sealed. Drafty doors and windows mean the outside air is making its way inside. It also means that your heated air is making its way outside! Seal up any gaps around your windows and door frame areas with caulk or foam sealant, and insulate windows and door jambs with weather stripping.
  • Consider spaces in your home that lack ductwork. If you regularly use a space in your home that lacks ductwork, you might find yourself turning up the heat to keep that space warm. Some people opt for a space heater to help, but a more effective, efficient solution could be a ductless unit for that space. Ductless requires no installation of additional air ducts, and can keep the space warm in the winter – and cool in the summer!
  • Think about installing a smart thermostat. There are many varieties of programmable and smart thermostats on the market today. Some even have the technology to “learn” your family’s habits, like when you leave home for the day or go to bed, and will adjust the temperature accordingly. Much more than a convenient, high-tech gadget, however; a smart thermostat can help your home become more energy efficient.
  • If your heating equipment is old, consider replacing. Advances are made in home heating systems all the time – ones that help make them more efficient and leave behind a smaller carbon footprint. If you’re due for a replacement, there are many choices available that can offer you 95 percent efficiency and higher. Your HVAC company can help you determine the best heating system for your needs, and can likely help you save money, too.

Family Danz Fuel Service can help you get the fuel you need.

When you choose Family Danz for your home fuel needs, you can count on us to provide you with the lowest possible price, guaranteed. We sell only premium grade fuel, and we will meet any price you may find that is lower. To learn more about our oil delivery services and how we can help you save, simply call us at 518.427.8685. We’ll be happy to help you stay warm all season long.