Party Planned? Try Out This Coleslaw For A Crowd.

If you’re in the process of planning a party or even a neighborhood barbecue, you’ll want to make sure you have plenty of food for your guests. Planning the menu for a crowd can be a bit complicated, especially if you’re making your own dishes. That’s why we’re happy to share this recipe for coleslaw that will serve a crowd of 50 people. Coleslaw is a great side, because it goes with everything from grilled burgers and chicken, to pulled pork or ribs. And this recipe is so simple and easy to prepare, you’ll have it ready in no time – giving you a few extra minutes for everything else that needs to be done!

Coleslaw for a Crowd

Ingredients

  • 12 pounds of cabbage (save time by purchasing the pre-shredded bagged coleslaw mix)
  • 12 medium bell peppers
  • 3 cups white vinegar
  • 3 cups sugar
  • 3 tbsp. salt
  • 1 ½ tsp. pepper
  • 1 ½ tsp. paprika
  • 3 cups mayonnaise

Directions

  • Chop or shred cabbage finely (or use pre-bagged cabbage). If you’re shredding your cabbage, place in several large bowls, cover and chill while preparing the rest of your ingredients. Cut peppers into thin strips, place in large bowl, cover and chill.
  • In another large bowl, combine vinegar, sugar, salt, pepper and paprika. Pour over cabbage and toss to coat. Let stand for 15 minutes, and then drain well. Add green peppers and mayonnaise, lightly toss, and transfer to serving bowl. Keep covered and refrigerated until ready to serve.

June Is Party Time – How To Plan A Successful Celebration

June has arrived, and with it, the season of celebration. From graduation parties and anniversaries, to a backyard barbecue that will create special memories for years to come, a successful celebration doesn’t have to be complicated. Of course, some careful planning in advance will help your party go much more smoothly – along with a little help from friends and family.

If a party is in your near future, here are a few simple steps you can take to make the process go much easier:

  • Create a budget. This is the first step for successful planning, because it will dictate every action you take from here on out. Know how much you want to allocate for food, the space where you want to hold the party, any favors you’ll offer your guests, any help you may need, and any activities. Make sure to add a bit more as a cushion, because sometimes costs add up unexpectedly.
  • Choose your date, time and location: If you choose to hold the party at home, make sure you have adequate seating and tables. You may also want to consider tents in case of rain. Or, think about holding the party in another area, like a community center or banquet hall. Once you’ve squared away this information, you’ll be able to send out invites or set up your event on social media.
  • Build your menu. Depending on the type of party, you might need anything from cake and punch to a full buffet. If you’re having a backyard grilling session, you’ll need to make sure you have meats and veggies for grilling, as well as salads, chips, fruit and veggie platters and plenty of drinks. An anniversary celebration might entail a few hors d’oeuvre trays, punch, champagne and of course, a lovely cake. Your menu will depend on the type of party and your budget. 
  • Consider your decorations. Again, this is highly dependent on the party you’re planning. Grad parties can incorporate school colors, anniversary celebrations can be simple and elegant, using colors based on the year (gold, silver, etc.), and backyard barbecues might not need any decorations at all, unless you want to fun it up with a theme, like a tiki or tropical party.
  • Ask for help in advance. You will likely need some assistance – don’t think you can do it all by yourself, or you won’t be able to enjoy the party yourself, or your guests. De-stress the situation by asking friends and family if they would mind helping out, and assigning them specific duties, like keeping snacks and drinks replenished or helping to greet guests. Consider hiring some help for set-up, serving or clean-up.
  • Have a few activities planned. Choose a few participation-optional activities like quick games or a photo booth. If children are invited to the party, you might consider some yard games, a bouncy house, and a treat bag with items that will keep them occupied.

Make sure your home is a comfortable retreat, too.

If you’re planning a party at home, make sure you have some indoor space people can enjoy in case the weather is hotter than expected. You’ll know your air conditioning system will be running perfectly for your guests when you count on Family Danz to help. We’ll provide you with the AC maintenance you need to be company-ready this summer. Just give us a call at (518) 427-8685 and we’ll be happy to help.

Why Choose Family Danz For Your Commercial HVAC Needs?

You trust Family Danz for your residential home comfort needs; winter, spring, summer and fall. But did you know that we also provide commercial heating, AC and refrigeration services? You know that by choosing us for your home, you’re getting the best customer service, quality products, and maintenance that keeps your equipment running smoothly year after year. We offer that same expert service for your business as well – something we’ve been doing for decades.

At Family Danz, we’re invested in our community. We belong to the Albany, Bethlehem, Rensselaer and Saratoga Chambers of Commerce, and the Better Business Bureau, where we enjoy an A+ rating. Our skilled commercial HVAC/R pros are able to install, repair and maintain commercial heating, ventilation, air conditioning, and refrigeration systems for your business or corporation. We’ll provide you with premium Bryant® commercial equipment, built for durability, efficiency and performance.

We’re pleased to offer a full range of commercial and mechanical services.

When you choose Family Danz for your commercial HVAC/R needs, we can help in the following ways:

  • Heating (Including Furnace & Boiler Applications)
  • Air Conditioning
  • Rooftop Installation & Repair
  • Refrigeration Installation & Repair
  • Chiller Installation & Repair
  • Large-Scale Projects (Including Design & Build Applications)

And, we’re proud to serve our commercial clients in a timely manner that minimizes downtime.

We can provide bid and spec work, and can help design and build energy efficient commercial solutions. Family Danz will work with you, helping you stay within budget and custom-tailoring your project to meet your individual business needs. We are pleased to work with more than 200 commercial clients locally, including:

  • Argyle, Averill Park, Bethlehem, Hudson Falls and Mechanicville Central School Districts
  • NYS OGS – Five Rivers
  • Mahamudra Buddhist Hermitage
  • Ida Yarbrough, Mohawk Harbor, News Lofts, and Seven Green Apartments
  • Tri City Rentals
  • Ashfield Senior Housing
  • Heritage Village

We have a broad service area throughout the Capital Region, including Albany, Schenectady, Troy, Colonie, Ballston Spa, Rensselaer, and Clifton Park. If you’d like to learn more about our commercial HVAC/R services, give us a call at (518) 427-8685, or email us at tim@familydanz.com.

Cool Down In All Your Rooms With Ductless

Have you recently converted a garage or attic into a living space, finished a basement, or built on an addition to your home? Congratulations! There’s nothing like having more space for family fun and activities. However, sometimes when you convert or add space to your home, this new area doesn’t have access to the home’s ductwork system. And that means it might not have the same comfort level as other spaces in your home. How can you make your new room as comfortable as the rest of your home?

Fortunately, there is a solution – ductless cooling and heating. There are many advantages to choosing this type of system for your converted area or addition. Of course, you can always consider using window AC or a space heater, but these types of equipment can be noisy, obtrusive and can use a lot of energy. Ductless, on the other hand, provides benefits that not only will help control your room’s temperature year-round, but also will keep the aesthetics of your new space so that you can enjoy your room, no matter what the weather outside.

Ductless cooling and heating provides comfort and many other additional benefits.

By choosing ductless for your renovated space, you’ll receive the following benefits:

  • Ductless operation. Adding to your ductwork can be costly and can cause a lot of construction mess. Ductless systems install easily without the need for additional ductwork.
  • Year-round comfort. One system has the potential to cool your room in the summer, and keep it warm in the winter.
  • High efficiency. Ductless systems are built to be highly efficient, so you’ll stay more comfortable – without seeing your energy bills go through the roof.
  • Seamless design. Unlike bulky window AC that can obstruct your view, or heaters that take up floor space, your ductless system attaches to the wall or ceiling, so the only thing you notice is improved comfort.
  • Quiet operation. You’ll find that ductless cooling and heating is much quieter than other types of room comfort equipment – often no louder than a whisper.
  • Ease of use. Ductless systems are easily operated via a remote control. You can turn your system on and adjust the temperature at a simple push of a button.

You can easily get ductless when you call on Family Danz to help.

And not only can you enjoy ductless in your converted spaces, you can also choose a split system for comfort throughout your home. That’s great for homes that have radiant or baseboard heating systems, with little to no ductwork available. If you’re not sure what type of ductless system is right for you, or you’d like to find out more, all you need to do is call Family Danz. We will be happy to talk to you about ductless for your home. Please contact us at (518) 427-8685 to learn more.

Ready to Cook Out? Try this Tasty Spiedi Recipe!

Originating in the Southern Tier in New York in the 1930s, spiedies have become a summertime favorite. Tasty and simple, this marinated meat can go from grill to plate in as little as 10 minutes, making it a perfect dish for after work, a busy weekend or really, any time! We found this recipe on the Taste of Home website, and hope you enjoy it as much as we do!

Spiedies

Ingredients

  • 1 cup cooking oil
  • 2/3 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
  • ½ onion, finely chopped
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • ½ tsp. sugar
  • ½ tsp. dried basil
  • ½ tsp. dried marjoram
  • ½ tsp. dried rosemary, crushed
  • 2 ½ pounds meat of choice (such as beef, chicken, lamb or pork)
  • Buns or rolls of choice

Directions

  1. Combine all ingredients but meat in a large glass or plastic bowl. Add meat, toss to coat, cover and marinate 24 hours, stirring occasionally.
  2. Remove meat from marinade; discard any remaining marinade. Thread meat onto skewers (tip – soak wood skewers in water so they don’t burn as easily.) Grill over medium heat, covered, until meat is done, usually 10-15 minutes. Remove meat from skewers and serve on buns or rolls if desired. If you’re carb-conscious, the meat is also great served on a tossed salad.

Are You Ready for the Summer? 7 Things You Can Do to Prepare.

May is in full swing, and even though spring has been a bit rainy and chilly this year, summer will be here before we know it. Is your home ready for the warmer weather ahead? Now is the time to make sure you have everything in order before the lazy, hazy days of summer arrive.

Here are seven things you can do right now to make sure you’re prepared.

  1. Spring-clean your windows. Clean your windows inside and out, and while you’re at it, make sure you inspect your windows and screens for any wear and tear they may have endured over the winter months. Check your window seals and weather stripping to make sure there aren’t any gaps or damage. Be sure to clean your screens, too. Just a mild detergent and mist from the hose will do – harsh chemicals and pressure washing can damage them.
  2. Get your mower running. Check your lawn equipment, making sure it’s clean and in good working order. Giving your mowers and trimmers a good tune-up in the spring will make your yard maintenance much easier once the warmer weather arrives. If you’re not sure how to maintain your equipment, don’t hesitate to call a professional – taking care of your equipment properly will save you money in the long run.
  3. Perform a quick home inspection. Look for cracked or missing shingles, rusted flashing, or any issues with pipes or your chimney. Check your home’s exterior for any dirt, mold growth or peeling paint. A word of caution – climbing up on your roof can be dangerous, so if you notice any issues from the ground, you may want to call in a professional to take a closer look.
  4. Clean gutters. Damaged or clogged gutters and downspouts can cause water damage if they’re not properly maintained. Again, when you do this you should proceed with caution or hire a pro to do it for you. If you do it yourself, make sure you have a helper, the right tools to get the job done, and that your ladder is sturdy and safe.
  5. Give your attic a look-see. A lot can happen in your attic over the winter months. Animals may have taken up residence there during the cold winter months. Squirrels, bats and mice often nest in homes during the winter, and that means they leave behind debris and droppings that can cause issues. Make sure to wear a mask and gloves if you find yourself cleaning up after critters. Look around for possible areas where animals may have gained entry, and seal them off. Also make sure there are no wet areas – that can indicate a leak in your roof – or any obstructions to vent pipes. Finally, check your insulation. If it seems like it has compacted, consider adding more – it helps keep your home comfortable and more energy efficient.
  6. Check out your yardscape. Is everything you need for summer relaxation in great shape? Check out your outdoor furniture for any damage, rust, cracking or splintering. Give it a thorough cleaning. Keep the kids safe, too – check outdoor toys, sandboxes, and playground equipment for any wear and tear. Next, be ready to barbecue by getting your grill clean. Make sure the grill’s gas hoses are all in good working order, and refresh your propane tank if needed.
  7. Call Family Danz! We can help you make sure your home is ready for summer by inspecting your air conditioning system and your outdoor plumbing. We’ll provide you with the preventive maintenance you need for your cooling system, so you can count on it running smoothly and efficiently all summer long. If you notice your outdoor hoses and spigots have a slow flow or trickle, there could be some problems with your pipes – don’t forget we offer complete plumbing services, too!

Need air conditioning and plumbing maintenance in order to get your home summer-ready? Family Danz is ready to help. Just give us a call at 518.427.8685 and we will be more than happy to schedule an appointment with you.

Enjoy Efficient, Year-Round Comfort with A Bryant® Heat Pump

Have you been considering getting a new heating and cooling system for your home? You can install one system that can help you stay comfortable year-round. Bryant® heat pump systems from Family Danz can keep you cool in the summer and warm in the winter. And, they may also help you save on your utility bills. That’s because heat pumps offer incredible energy efficiency, all while bringing you the home comfort you need in one package.

Heat pumps work by transferring heat rather than generating it, which means they provide amazing comfort without burning fuel. Our Bryant heating and cooling systems use the latest in heat pump technology. Heat pumps provide incredible energy efficiency compared to a traditional furnace and air conditioning system. What’s more, you’ll save year round on your energy bills. Not to mention, when you install before the end of June 2019, you could save thousands.

But do heat pump systems work in colder climates?

Heat pumps have been used to cool and heat homes in warmer areas for quite some time. But, they weren’t as well equipped for cooler areas. However, advancements in heat pump technology have allowed manufacturers to develop heat pumps that are better suited to operate effectively and efficiently in colder areas, like New York. Bryant heat pump systems efficiently heat and cool your home, and are available in three models to best suit your home comfort needs:

  • Evolution®: This series offers the highest quality efficiency and performance available from Bryant. Recognized as the Most Efficient of ENERGY STAR® 2019, the Evolution Extreme provides incredible comfort year-round coupled with total control.
  • Preferred™: The Preferred series offers all-season flexibility so you can enjoy total home comfort, no matter what the weather. You’ll also enjoy heating and cooling energy savings year-round when you choose to install this model in your home.
  • Legacy™: If you’re looking for an affordable heat pump solution to your whole home, year-round comfort needs, look no further than the Bryant Legacy line. They operate efficiently both in the summer and winter, providing you with value heating and cooling year after year.

And, getting the right heat pump for your home and budget is as easy as calling Family Danz. We can help you get the best system for you and your family, helping you enjoy year-round comfort in one highly efficient package. Contact us at 518.427.8685, and we will be more than happy to discuss heat pump options with you.

May Is The Month For Amazing Savings

Have you been thinking about getting a new cooling or heating system, but haven’t been sure that it’s the right time? You should know, right now you can save thousands when you choose a new, high-efficiency system from Family Danz. We’ll install a premium system in your home that will not only help you and your family enjoy better comfort, but will also help you save money on your utility bills.

You can save up to $2,975 right now. Here’s how we do it:

  • $1,475 in Utility Rebates
  • $600 in System Rebates
  • $400 Family Danz Dealer Discount
  • $500 Value – Home Humidification System

            $2,975 TOTAL SAVINGS

Not to mention, qualified buyers will get 12 months of interest-free financing with approved credit. But you have to act soon – this offer will expire on 6/30/19. So contact Family Danz today at 518.427.8685 and we will be more than happy to help you take advantage of this limited-time offer.

Health Up Your St. Patrick’s Day With Our Shamrock Shake Recipe

When you’re working on a healthier lifestyle, sometimes it means you have to give up some favorites. Many people look forward to the Golden Arches’ St. Patrick’s Day staple, the Shamrock Shake. However, those minty little treats are loaded with ingredients that aren’t exactly the best for us, not to mention nearly 900 calories per 22-ounce cup!

The recipe we’re sharing comes in at 1/3 of the calories and is full of healthy ingredients that are actually good for you! It’s easy to whip up in your bullet style blender, and satisfies paleo, vegan and keto diets alike. This recipe makes two servings, so you can share with a friend! We hope you enjoy!

Healthier Shamrock Shake

Ingredients

  • 1 cup full fat coconut milk
  • 1 medium avocado
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • ¼ to ½ tsp. mint extract
  • Pinch of salt
  • Sweetener (like erythritol or stevia) to taste
  • 1 cup ice
  • Water (if needed)
  • Mint leaves (a few, if desired)

Instructions

  • Add coconut milk, avocado, vanilla extract, mint extract, salt, sweetener and mint leaves to a blender. Blend until creamy and smooth.
  • Add in ice, blend until thick and creamy, adding a little water if needed.
  • Serve with homemade whipped cream if desired.

“Spring” Into Home Maintenance

The harsh winters we experience here in the Capital District can often wreak havoc with our homes. That’s why it’s always a good idea to take stock in your home’s exterior, especially after a particularly snowy winter. When the snow melts, you might notice some things you didn’t necessarily see during the long winter months – and get them repaired before summer arrives!

Here are a few things to look out for when checking out your home:

  • Window Screens: Windy, stormy winters, ice buildup and more can cause damage to your home’s window screens. In order for them to do their job of keeping bugs out, they need to be in good shape. So replace any torn or damaged window screens before it’s time to let the fresh air in.
  • Roof Shingles: We recommend that you leave roof inspection to the experts. It can be dangerous if you haven’t had the proper training! Hire a roofing professional to check out your home’s shingles and make sure they’re not curling. Shingles that are can make your roof more susceptible to leaks, so getting them replaced as soon as possible is good practice.
  • Siding & Trim: Icy conditions can cause damage to your home’s siding and trim. Look at any wooden components of your home’s exterior in case there is any wood rot, cracking or other concerns (like termites). For brick or stucco homes, check for any crumbling, cracking or deteriorated mortar. If you see any issues, contact a professional to help with repair or replacement.
  • Gutters & Spouts: During the fall and winter months, leaves, pine needles and other debris can collect in your home’s gutters. Get them ready for spring rains by cleaning them out – again, due to safety concerns, we recommend hiring a pro to help.

Make sure you maintain your AC equipment this spring, too.

Of course, there is plenty you can do around the outside of your home in anticipation of the warmer weather, such as cleaning up any leaves, debris and waste from your lawn, and if you have flower beds, starting to prepare them for blooming and planting. And, you should give Family Danz a call for your AC maintenance needs, too. We’ll be more than happy to get your spring maintenance scheduled, so you’ll be all set for warmer days ahead.