Is a Heat Pump System Right for My Home?

Hand holding digital tablet and looking at house efficiency rating. Detail of house efficiency rating on digital tablet screen. Once the warmer weather returns to the Albany, NY area, many people think about keeping their homes cool and comfortable. However, most people realize that running the air conditioning all summer long can add up when it comes to utility costs. Fortunately, today’s home comfort systems are more energy efficient than ever before, with one of the most efficient types being the heat pump system.

What are heat pump systems?

Heat pump systems are a type of home comfort equipment that uses heat transfer to keep your home comfortable. While they have been commonly used in the southern states for some time, they are gaining popularity in northern climates, as new technologies allow them to operate effectively, even in chillier areas.

There are many different types of heat pump systems on the market, but the most common are air source and geothermal. Heat pumps move the heat from one place to another. In the summer, they pump the heat out of your home and into the outdoor air or earth. In the winter, they move the heat from the air or ground into your home.

Five Benefits of Heat Pump Systems

Now that you know what a heat pump system is and how it operates, here are some of the benefits these systems provide:

  1. High-Efficiency Comfort: Heat pump systems are the most energy-efficient choice in home comfort equipment. They do not require fossil fuel to operate, which helps you save on home energy bills.
  2. Multiple Configurations: Heat pump systems are available that work with your home’s ductwork, allowing replacement of old, inefficient HVAC equipment. If ductwork is unavailable in your home or space, ductless heat pump systems can be installed.
  3. Clean Comfort: As we mentioned above, heat pump systems don’t require fossil fuel, such as oil or gas, to operate. This makes them a cleaner HVAC solution, helping you save money on utilities while reducing your carbon footprint.
  4. Incentives & Tax Credits: Many utility companies and states, and even the federal government, are encouraging people to consider heat pump installation for their homes. Depending on the type of system you install, there may be incentives and tax credits available from these entities.
  5. Year-Round Comfort: Perhaps one of the biggest benefits of installing a heat pump system in your home is the year-round comfort you’ll enjoy. As we previously mentioned, heat pumps transfer heat out of your home in the summer, and into your home in the winter – allowing you year-round comfort in one unit.

Can Family Danz help me get a heat pump for my home?

At Family Danz, we take great pride in helping our customers stay comfortable and enjoy better energy efficiency. We’re pleased to offer complete heat pump services, including installation, maintenance, and repair. If you’d like to learn more about heat pumps and find out if they’re a good choice for your home, just give us a call at 518.427.8685 and we’ll be happy to help you.

Air Conditioning Maintenance: The Top 5 Benefits

technician checking gaugesOnce the spring season arrives, many people start to think about warmer days ahead. And while it’s fun to spend time outdoors enjoying the sunshine, it’s also good to be able to come home to cool comfort. One of the best ways to ensure that your home’s air conditioning system is ready for the summer is by getting it the maintenance it needs in the spring.

You may be wondering about the actual benefits of getting regular maintenance for your air conditioning system, and if it’s necessary every year. In this article, we’ll discuss the benefits of choosing annual AC maintenance, and how Family Danz can help. Keep reading below to learn more!

5 Reasons to Get Annual AC Maintenance

Many people forgo air conditioning maintenance, either because of the cost or because they simply forget about it. But, regular maintenance is one of the best things you can do for your system. Here’s why:

  1. System Efficiency: Over time, dirt and other particles can collect in your air conditioning system. That can make it harder for the various components that make up your AC to do their job, and in turn, use more energy. An annual maintenance visit helps ensure your system is clean, and all the components are in good working order – helping your system operate more efficiently and helping you save money on your utility bills.
  2. System Effectiveness: As we mentioned above, your system can get dirty over time. And while this leads to inefficiency, it can also lead to decreased comfort in your home. You may notice that your AC system doesn’t keep you as cool as you’d like, or certain spots in your home aren’t adequately cooled. Seasonal maintenance helps keep your system running optimally, so you and your family can enjoy better home comfort.
  3. Cleaner Air: Again, a dirty air conditioning system can cause a whole host of problems. In addition to operating less effectively and efficiently, it can also cause indoor air quality concerns. The particles in your system, as well as any mold or mildew, are forced through the air in your home along with the cooled air, and that can cause poor air quality. With system maintenance, your AC system and filter will be cleaned, allowing better indoor air.
  4. Longer System Life: Like your vehicle, your air conditioning system is a complex machine, and requires regular maintenance to operate optimally. Think about this – if you never changed your oil or updated your tires, your car probably wouldn’t last very long. Maintenance can help add years to your AC system’s life – and that can save you money in the long run.
  5. Fewer Expensive Repairs: By having a qualified HVAC technician check your system over on a yearly basis, it will be much more likely that any small concerns, such as worn components or minor refrigerant leaks, are caught right away – concerns that, if left unchecked, can lead to larger and much more expensive

As you can see, annual air conditioning maintenance is important for your system’s efficiency, performance, and longevity, as well as your home comfort and budget.

Family Danz can help you get the maintenance you need.

When you work with Family Danz, we can provide complete air conditioning services for your home, including annual maintenance. Choosing air conditioning maintenance from us means that our skilled technicians will provide a thorough inspection of your home’s air conditioning system. They will make sure your system is operating properly on all levels and will take any needed steps to ensure that it’s running effectively and efficiently now and well into the future. Simply call us at (518) 427-8685 to schedule an appointment.

When Should I Consider a New Heating System?

man in blankets and winter wear sits on sofaWhen winter’s chill returns to the Albany area, most homeowners turn to their home heating system for warmth and comfort. An effective, efficient heating system can make the freezing temperatures outside more bearable and can help you and your family stay cozy on the chilliest of days. But, if your heating system isn’t working as well as it should, you may find yourself cold, uncomfortable, and paying more on your utility bills.

A new heating system can be a costly venture, which is why many people put off replacing their old system. However, it may cost you more to keep that old heating system going. In this article, we’ll talk about the signs that you might need a new heating system and how Family Danz can help you find the right one for your home and lifestyle needs. Keep reading to learn more!

5 Signs You Need to Replace Your Heating System

Nobody likes to think about having to replace HVAC equipment in their home. Your heating system is a major investment and something you rely on for comfort for several months of the year. If your system is showing the following signs, though, it may be time for a replacement.

  1. Your heating system is more than 15 years old. In our area of the state, the heating systems in our homes often are working from October through May. That means that they put in a lot of overtime keeping us comfortable. As your heating system ages, it becomes less effective and efficient, especially if it hasn’t received the proper maintenance. If you’ve noticed your energy bills increasing and your comfort decreasing, then it’s probably time for a replacement.
  2. You’ve had to make frequent, expensive repairs. Because your heating system works hard to keep you comfortable, you can expect to make minor repairs now and then. That’s a normal part of your heating system aging. However, if repairs have become more frequent and more costly, you may be better off financially overall if you replace your system.
  3. Your energy bills have steadily increased over the years. As your equipment ages, it loses some of its original efficiency. The older it is, the more inefficient it becomes, leaving you with higher and higher energy bills. Many of today’s heating systems offer much better efficiency than their predecessors, so it’s likely that by replacing your system, you’ll save money. High-efficiency systems can save you between 10-20% over a 15-year-old furnace, for instance.
  4. You have added on to your home. Many people don’t take their HVAC system into account when they add space to their home, but if you have built an addition, upgraded your basement, or converted any space not formerly attached to your home’s HVAC system, your heating system may not be the right size for your increased square footage. While you may not need an entirely new system, you may want to consider an alternative source of heat, such as ductless, as it will help balance out your heating and allow your central heating system to operate more efficiently.
  5. You and your family are never comfortable. If you’re always having heating system failure, or your equipment is inadequately heating your home, or no matter how many times you adjust the thermostat you simply cannot get your home warm, it’s time to consider a new system.

If your heating system is showing any of the signs above, it’s time to call in the pros. They will examine your system to see if repairs are all that is needed, and if so, explain to you what repairs they’ll make and the cost. If your system should be replaced, they’ll show you all the available options and help you choose the right heating system for your home – and your budget.

If you need a heating system replacement, count on Family Danz to help.

At Family Danz, we’re pleased to offer our customers complete heating services, so whether you have a furnace, boiler, or heat pump, our skilled technicians can help. They’ll thoroughly troubleshoot your system to see if making repairs is cost-effective And, if repairs will either be extremely expensive or impossible, they can help you choose replacement equipment so you and your family can enjoy a comfy, cozy home all winter long. Just give us a call at 518.427.8685 and we’ll be happy to help you.

Nominations open for Family Danz Heat for Heroes furnace giveaway

Local active-duty military members, Veterans, surviving spouses eligible to win new furnace installation

Family Danz, a family-owned heating and air conditioning company in Albany, recently announced the opening of nominations for their Heat for Heroes furnace giveaway.

Family Danz has extended an invitation for the public to nominate active duty military members, Veterans or surviving spouses to win a new high-efficiency gas furnace. The nominations are open until Monday, February 5, and the winning recipient will be chosen via a random drawing and announced on Monday, February 12. To be nominated, the nominee must reside in one of the counties in Family Danz’s service area.

Todd Danz, president of Family Danz, explained that they started the Heat for Heroes program as a way to give back to Veterans for their service.

“Giving back to our community is fundamentally important to us at Family Danz,” Danz said. “We want to keep a deserving local veteran warm this winter with a new gas furnace. It is a humble way of us showing our gratitude for their service.”

To nominate someone for the program, visit https://familydanz.com/heat-for-our-heroes/.

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.

How Do I Know if I Need Heating Repairs?

Woman feeling cold at home in winterThe chilly weather has returned to the Albany area, and chances are you’ve had to run your home’s heating system by now. But maybe you’re not feeling as warm and cozy as you’d like to be. If not, your heating system might not be operating as well as it should be. How do you know if your heating system needs repairs?

In this article, we’ll talk about three different types of heating equipment – furnaces, boilers, and heat pumps – and some of the signs they might give you if they need repair services. And, we’ll explain how Family Danz can help. Keep reading to learn more!

Furnaces

Most of the homes in North America rely on a furnace to keep them comfortable during the chillier months of the year. Furnaces work by forcing warm air through ductwork that delivers the heated air throughout the house via registers. Some of the ways you can tell if your furnace needs repair services include:

  • Increased energy bills
  • Unusual odors
  • Strange noises
  • Uneven heating
  • Carbon monoxide alarm sounding

If you’ve noticed any of these signs, you should have your furnace checked out by a professional HVAC technician as soon as possible. If your carbon monoxide alarm sounds, you should leave your home immediately and call 911. Carbon monoxide poisoning can cause serious illness and can be fatal.

Boilers

While most homeowners have a furnace installed in their home for heating, the next most popular system is boiler heating. Boiler heat is considered radiant heat because it delivers heated water to radiators throughout your home. The radiators then heat the air in your rooms. Signs your boiler may need repair include:

  • Radiators not heating or no heat at all
  • Signs of water leakage
  • Unusual noise
  • Low water pressure
  • The pilot will not stay lit

If you’ve checked your thermostat and that doesn’t seem to be the problem, the next step is to call your HVAC professional. A leaky boiler can do a lot of damage to your home quickly, so if you notice water collecting around your boiler or see an obvious leak, call as soon as possible.

Heat Pumps

Heat pumps have been used in the south for home heating for quite some time, but are a relatively new way of heating homes in the Northeast. This is because early heat pump systems were not capable of providing adequate heating when the temperatures dipped too low. Modern technology has allowed cold-climate heat pump systems to be used more effectively in our chilly climate. Heat pump systems that need repair may show the following signs:

  • Increased energy bills
  • Ice on coil
  • Short cycling
  • Poor airflow
  • Constant operation

Because your heat pump system is often used for air conditioning in the summer, you’ll want to have it checked out right away if it doesn’t seem to be working right. While it can provide you with high-efficiency, year-round comfort, a problem that goes unchecked can spill over into the next season when you need it for cooling – and nobody wants a total breakdown on a hot summer day!

Family Danz can help meet your heating repair needs.

At Family Danz, we’re pleased to offer our customers complete heating services, so whether you have a furnace, boiler, or heat pump, our skilled technicians can help. They’ll thoroughly troubleshoot your system and make the repairs you need quickly. And, if repairs will either be extremely expensive or impossible, they can help you choose replacement equipment so you and your family can enjoy a comfy, cozy home all winter long. Just give us a call at 518.427.8685 and we’ll be happy to help you.

2023 Winter Events in Albany, NY & The Capital Region

People enjoying holiday lightsEvery year it seems the winter holidays arrive earlier and earlier, but is that a bad thing? We say no! There are many reasons to get into the holiday spirit, and in the Capital Region of New York that includes an abundance of family friendly community events (many of which are free!). So we say embrace the holiday spirit, gather your family or friends, bundle up, and go enjoy one of these great winter events happening in the Capital Region this 2023 holiday season.

Click on any event name below to learn more.

 

2023 Shaker Holiday Market

“Our traditional Holiday Fair promotes the holiday spirit with regional artisans featuring handmade pottery, jewelry, fiber, artisan foods and much more!”

Where: Shaker Heritage Society in Albany, NY

When: Select Dates from October 10 – December 17, 2023

 

Schenectady Holiday Parade

“Schenectady County ushers in the holiday season in Downtown Schenectady with the largest nighttime parade in the Northeast. Sparking floats, glittering firetrucks, marching bands, dance troupes, and a special visit from Santa Claus. It’s fun for the whole family.”

Where: Downtown Schenectady, NY

When: November 18, 2023

 

Santa’s Magical Express

“Calling all EITs (Elves In Training), past and present, new and old, near and far, Santa needs your help! Jack Frost has stolen Santa’s Hat and without it, Christmas will be cancelled! Now is your chance to book your ticket on Santa’s Magical Express and join the quest to save Christmas! Does your family have what it takes?”

Where: Rensselaer, NY

When: Select Dates from November 24 – December 23, 2023

 

Christmas Land (Altamont, NY)

“Christmas Land was created to offer a holiday attraction that evokes the aura of an old fashioned Christmas. This attraction is geared toward all age groups connecting families & communities in bringing back the spirit of Christmas. It features many activities inside & out for children and adults on a large farm area in Altamont, NY. Santa will be sure to make you feel like a kid again & believe in the magic of this glorious season.”

Where: Altamont, NY

When: Select Dates From November 25 – December 16, 2023

 
Albany New York skyline

2023 City of Albany’s Tree Lighting

“The tree lighting ceremony kicks off with a concert by Amy Heebner on the historic Albany City Carillon beginning at 5:00pm. Mayor Sheehan, members of the Albany Tulip Court and city officials will light the tree at 6:00pm. Afterwards, enjoy a holiday performance by Albany High School Albanettes and Troubadours Choir, holiday crafts and FREE refreshment. Representatives from local organizations will be on-hand with information on their programs and upcoming events.”

Where: Across the street from Albany City Hall at Academy Park

When: December 1, 2023

 

2023 Schenectady Festival of Trees

“The Festival of Trees is a festive display of 90+ lighted fir trees, spread throughout the galleries of SCHS. Over 1,500 people visit the Festival throughout December, enjoying the enchantment of the holidays.”

Where: Schenectady County Historical Society

When: Every day from December 2 – 23, 2023

 

Troy Victorian Stroll

“For 40 years, the Troy Victorian Stroll has been a community holiday tradition that transforms the streets of historic downtown Troy into a bygone Victorian era, complete with visitors in Victorian dress strolling the City. The Stroll’s activities and entertainment are strategically spread throughout the streets, amidst unique shops, storefronts, restaurants, bars and parks.”

Where: Downtown Troy, NY

When: December 3, 2023

 

The Saratoga New Year’s Fest

“New York’s biggest New Year’s party north of Times Square. A full weekend of non-stop entertainment!”

Where: Multiple Venues in Downtown Saratoga Springs, NY

When: Friday, Dec 29, 2023 until Monday, Jan 1, 2024

 

Why Choose Family Danz for Your Home Comfort Needs?

family danz owner photoAt Family Danz, we’re always appreciative of the support and loyalty of our customers. It means a lot to us that year after year, you choose us for your home’s heating and cooling needs. We’ve worked hard to help people throughout the Albany area enjoy better home comfort since we opened our doors in 1976.

As a company that has grown, changed, and expanded over the last 47 years, we know we never would have succeeded without dedication, from both the people we help stay comfortable, and the people who started it all, Ted Danz, and his mother Lucille, who he says, “pretty much ran the place.” As you can imagine, family is important to us – our family and yours. When you choose Family Danz, you’re choosing an HVAC company that has proven, time and time again, that our customers are like family to us.

What Makes Our Team the Best Choice?

We know you have a lot of options when it comes to your home comfort provider. We take pride in the fact that we offer our customers excellent products and straightforward service.

Quality is in the Details

At Family Danz, we understand that quality is in the details. Over the years, we have attained an outstanding reputation by tailoring equipment specifically to each of our customers’ needs. Our team of factory-trained and licensed experts carefully examine your project and your expectations then design and install the heating or cooling system that is perfect for you.

Full-Service HVAC with Your Budget in Mind

Whether you need heating or cooling maintenance, installation, or repair, or home heating oil, Family Danz makes it our priority to provide it professionally, cost-effectively, and efficiently. We offer knowledgeable, friendly advice and customer service unequaled to the competition. We also offer financing options with approved credit so you can pay over time.

The Professionalism of a Bryant Factory Authorized Dealer

As a Bryant Factory Authorized Dealer, you can trust us to be certified by North American Technical Excellence or NATE. This is the leading certification program for technicians in the heating, ventilation, and air conditioning field, and the only test supported by the entire industry.

And, because we’re a Bryant Factory Authorized Dealer, we always repair your equipment using Factory Authorized Parts, so the best quality and efficiency of your heating or cooling system is guaranteed. Family Danz is also the proud recipient of the Bryant® Medal of Excellence for exceptional quality of workmanship, customer satisfaction, and overall business performance.

Exceptional Ratings & Reviews

At Family Danz, we believe those of us in a business that primarily serves others should stay humble. But we also know that word-of-mouth recommendations, online reviews, and ratings with the Better Business Bureau are important in today’s online world. We are proud to have an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau and a 4.6-star rating with Google. But don’t just take our word for it – see what one of our valued customers had to say about us:

“My husband met with four different HVAC companies before deciding on Family Danz, to replace our 32-year-old furnace and air conditioning unit. The salesman was great & answered all our questions.  He went above and beyond! Our main installer was AMAZING and didn’t leave until everything was perfect. All the employees we met were extremely professional, introducing themselves, etc. We plan to recommend Family Danz to our friends, family, and neighbors! Thank you for a great experience!” – K.O, Greenwich, NY

Count on Family Danz to Help You Stay Comfortable All Year Long

At Family Danz, you will always be our number one priority. We work hard to keep you and your family comfortable; in winter, spring, summer, or fall. When you need HVAC or oil delivery services for your home, call us at (518) 427-8685 and we will be happy to help meet your needs.

Need a New Home Comfort System? Heat Pumps are a Great Choice.

girl and mother enjoying sunny morningNow that the summer months are winding down, you may be wondering if your home heating system will be ready for the cooler weather ahead. If you’ve been considering updating your home comfort equipment, you should know that heat pumps are a great option. Heat pump systems have been around for a while, but have only recently become a more popular choice for home comfort in the Northeast.

That’s because older heat pumps did not have the capacity to keep homes warm when temperatures fell below freezing. However, technological advances have made it so heat pumps can operate even in cold climates, making them a viable heating option for places like the Albany area. There are many benefits to choosing a heat pump system for your home – keep reading to learn more!

How Can My Albany Area Home Benefit from a Heat Pump System?

As heat pump systems become more common in our area, you may be interested in learning more about them. Below, we’ve outlined some of the main benefits of choosing a heat pump system for your home.

  • Heat pumps offer year-round comfort. Not only can a heat pump keep you warm in the winter, but it can also keep you cool in the summer, too. That’s because heat pumps extract heat from the air. In the winter, they extract heat from the outdoor air and pump it into your home (yes, there is heat present in the air, even on chilly winter days.) In the summer months, the process is reversed, and hot air is pumped out of your home.
  • Heat pumps are highly efficient. Heat pumps are considered to be one of the most efficient types of home comfort equipment on the market. The Department of Energy states that a heat pump can reduce your electricity use for heating by approximately 50% compared to electric resistance heating, such as baseboard heaters. They also indicate that high-efficiency heat pumps also dehumidify better than standard central air conditioners, resulting in less energy usage and more cooling comfort in the summer months. Combined, these factors can help you see significant savings on your utility bills all year long!
  • Heat pumps are better for the environment and safer for you. Because they do not require fossil fuel to operate, heat pump systems are considered more environmentally friendly than other types of home comfort equipment. You won’t have to worry about fuel storage, which can sometimes leak and cause hazardous conditions, or carbon monoxide emissions.
  • Heat pumps are available in both ducted and ductless configurations. If you have a central heating and air conditioning system installed in your home, a ducted heat pump system is probably the right choice for you. If you have no system of ductwork in your home and rely on electric baseboard heat in the winter and window AC units in the summer, then a ductless heat pump system is a better option.
  • Heat pumps offer ease of use. No more forgetting to call for fuel in the winter or struggling with installing window air conditioning in the summer. Heat pump systems, whether ducted or ductless, provide comfort with minimal effort on your part.

Are there any incentives available for heat pump systems?

To help people convert to heat pump systems, both New York State and the federal government are currently offering incentives. You can learn more about these incentives and tax credits on the NYS Clean Heat website. Additionally, there are often manufacturer rebates available as well. We encourage you to call us and talk about ways you can save money on a heat pump upgrade for your home. We are pleased to offer our customers quality ducted and ductless heat pump systems, professionally installed by our skilled technicians. Just give us a call at 518.427.8685 and we’ll be happy to help you.

Don’t Suffer with Old Air Conditioning – 5 Reasons to Update Your System.

Couple trying to refresh during summer heat waveOnce summer is in full swing, the heat and humidity can become unpleasant, and homeowners rely on their air conditioning systems to keep them cool. Unfortunately, if your air conditioning system is old, it might not be helping you stay as comfortable as you’d like. And, it might need frequent repairs that are both inconvenient and costly.

Sometimes, replacing an older system becomes a necessity, when the air conditioning unit breaks down completely and is beyond repair. But, you might want to make the replacement before that happens, so you won’t have to deal with discomfort – and another costly repair bill. In this article, we’ll talk about why replacing your current AC system may be the best choice, and how Family Danz can help. Keep reading to learn more!

Five Reasons to Consider Replacing Your Old AC System

Not sure if you need to replace that old air conditioner with a new one? We’re sharing five reasons why it might make good sense to consider a replacement:

  1. Better energy efficiency. The older a system is, the less efficient it is. And, some homeowners have air conditioning systems that are 20 years old or more. These systems were far less efficient than their modern counterparts, to begin with, and chances are they’ve become less efficient over time. A new system will likely use much less energy – and you’ll start saving on your energy bills right away.
  2. Improved refrigerant. Older air conditioning systems may use an outdated type of refrigerant. Newer types of refrigerants have been developed to be more efficient and environmentally sound. And, if your system uses an outdated type of refrigerant, it will likely be very difficult to find replacement refrigerant, and if it is found, it will be very costly.
  3. Improved home comfort. Your old air conditioning system is probably not keeping your home as comfortable as it once did. As time goes on, all air conditioning systems stop working as effectively as they once did. You can extend your system’s life by making sure it’s regularly maintained, but if your system is older and you’ve had to make frequent repairs, you’re likely not as comfortable as you could be.
  4. Proper sizing. If you have added to your home or have converted unused areas into living space, your current system may no longer be the proper size for your home. And, that can make your air conditioner have to work much harder to keep your home cool. You may not need to replace your entire air conditioning system, though – many homeowners can balance their cooling by adding a ductless system to added spaces.
  5. Better indoor air quality. Older air conditioning systems, especially ones that have been neglected, can cause a decrease in indoor air quality. That’s because dust, dirt, microbes, and other particulates can collect in the system. While regular maintenance helps, old AC units aren’t as effective at filtering out moisture as newer models, and that can lead to mold growth.

As you can see, an older air conditioning system might not be keeping you as cool and comfortable as you’d like – and it might be costing you more money than it should, too.

How can Family Danz help me get new air conditioning for my home?

At Family Danz, we’re a full-service air conditioning contractor and can help you with any AC need you might have. Whether you need air conditioning maintenance, repair, or a brand-new system installation to help you stay cool this summer, we’re ready to assist you. We will always look out for your best interest and provide exceptional air conditioning services and products of the highest quality to ensure the expected comfort and safety. Simply call us at (518) 427-8685 and we will be happy to schedule an appointment with you.