Try This Recipe at Your Thanksgiving Dinner Table This Year

Everyone knows about the jelly-like glob of cranberry sauce that always graces the Thanksgiving table every year. Why not change it up this holiday season, and try our favorite tart berry – with a spicy new twist? Cranberry chutney combines all of fall’s favorite flavors, and gives you a chance to break out of the canned cranberry sauce mold. We found this recipe on Allrecipes.com – if you try it, let us know if you liked it!

Cranberry Chutney

Ingredients

  • 1 cup water
  • ¾ cup white sugar
  • 1 12-oz. package fresh cranberries
  • 1 cup apples, peeled, cored and diced
  • ½ cup cider vinegar
  • ½ cup raisins
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon ground ginger
  • ¼ teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves

Directions

In a medium saucepan, combine water and sugar and bring mixture to a boil over medium heat. Add cranberries, apples, cider vinegar, raisins and spices. Bring to a boil, and then simmer gently for 10 minutes, stirring frequently.

Pour into mixing bowl, and place plastic wrap directly on the sauce’s surface. Cool to room temperature and serve, or cover and refrigerate. Bring chutney to room temperature before serving.

And, you can make sure your home is ready for the holidays with Family Danz.

Of course, your guests’ comfort is always a top priority for you. And your comfort is always a top priority for us! Make sure your heating system is ready for the holiday season ahead by trusting your maintenance and repair needs to Family Danz. Simply call us at 518.427.8685 or contact us online and we will be happy to help.

Seven Steps for Setting a Casual Thanksgiving Table

Whether you’re inviting over your closest friends for Friendsgiving this year, or want to create an inviting, yet chaos-free table for your family Thanksgiving, keeping it simple is best for stress-free festivities. We’re offering seven steps for creating easy but elegant place settings courtesy of Grateful, as well as providing a few tips on how you can keep it easy but still create a beautiful space for your holiday meal.

Seven Steps to Create a Perfect Place Setting

  1. At each place at the table, center your charger and place the dinner plate on top.
  2. Place the dinner fork to the left of the charger.
  3. Place the napkin to the left of the dinner fork.
  4. To the right of the charger, place the knife first by the plate, and then the soup spoon.
  5. At the top of the charger, place the dessert fork, and then the dessert spoon.
  6. Place the water glass directly above the knife and soup spoon.
  7. Place the wine or juice glass just below the water glass, a bit to the left.

Decorate your table with pops of color.

Is your tableware a solid color? Then you can easily decorate with bursts of fall color here and there. Choose a brightly colored table runner and a bold centerpiece, and color-coordinate your napkins around it. You can go au naturel with your setting, choosing leaves, gourds, pinecones and twigs. Or go bold with taper candles surrounded by baubles in shades of red, orange and yellow, or a modern floral display. Make it your own!

And, you can make sure your home is ready for the holidays with Family Danz.

 

Of course, your guests’ comfort is always a top priority for you. And your comfort is always a top priority for us! Make sure your heating system is ready for the holiday season ahead by trusting your maintenance and repair needs to Family Danz. Simply call us at 518.427.8685 or contact us online and we will be 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.

The 5 Essentials You Need to Decorate Your Home This Fall

Autumn is the most colorful time of the year, and most people enjoy getting their homes ready for the fall season by adding a decorative flair to their outdoor areas. We’re outlining the five essential items you need for fall decorating, as well as providing you with a few tips on how you can make the most of them.

Here are the items you need to create a beautiful outdoor display this autumn:

  • Pumpkins: What would fall decorating be without pumpkins? You don’t need to turn them into jack-o-lanterns for them to leave an impression on your porch, either. Choose a variety of shapes, sizes and colors to create an eye-pleasing arrangement. Incorporate a few gourds and a white pumpkin or two for even more visual pop.
  • Fall Foliage: Most of us know, leaves are not in short supply this time of year. While doing your raking, look for leaves that are in good shape and in a variety of colors. Rub them with a little bit of hand lotion to help preserve them and enhance their color and shine. Then use them to create a beautiful wreath, or simply place them in a wooden or wicker bowl and set them on an outdoor table.
  • Mums: Mums are always a fall favorite when it comes to flowers. They’re available in numerous colors and even sizes, so you can enjoy a variety. Not to mention, they’re hearty, so you should be able to enjoy them all throughout fall. Consider carving out a pumpkin and using it as a planter for one of your mums for an eye-catching display.
  • Corn Stalks: Corn stalks at the front door provide a lovely fall welcome to visitors at your home. You can also place corn stalks in a window box with a few gourds and some foliage for a pretty autumnal arrangement once your summer flowers fade.
  • Autumnal Garland: You can find many fall decorating pieces, like fall-themed garlands, at just about any retail location this time of year. Or you can opt to make one yourself using dried corn, fall foliage and more. Display a garland draped over your door, wrapped around porch posts or a lamp post, or along a fence.

And, stay cozy inside your home with Family Danz.

Family Danz wants you to love your home, inside and out. Trust us with your fall heating needs, whether you need furnace maintenance or repair, or oil delivered to your home, we’re here to help. Just give us a call at 518.427.8685 and let us know how we can 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.

Leaky Plumbing? What to Do While You Wait.

Nobody wants to discover a leaky pipe in their home, but if you do, you need to call your plumber right away. Leaks can cause significant damage to your home. Loss of belongings, wood rot, damaged walls and ceilings, and mold growth are just a few concerns that can arise from a leaky pipe. Fortunately, there are a few things you can do to help reduce the damage while you wait.

Three Steps You Can Take To Minimize Damage From A Pipe Leak

Step 1: Shut off the water.

You should do this before you make the call to the plumber. The faster you can get the water shut off, the better. If you don’t know which pipe shut-off is the right one, it’s best just to turn off the main valve. A small leak can turn into a break that can flood your home, so the sooner you can get the water turned off, the better.

Step 2: Call your plumber.

The next logical step is to call a reliable plumbing professional. Family Danz is a full-service plumbing professional, and a NESCA member. We only employ master plumbers, and provide emergency plumbing services. We’ll be more than happy to help you with your plumbing concerns.

Step 3: Clean and clear the area around the leak.

Move any furniture, boxes, or valuables away from the wet area. Sop up any water from the floor, and make sure you wipe down any surfaces that may have become damp in order to prevent growth of mold and mildew. Make sure anything in the vicinity of the leak is cleared out, so your plumber can easily access the area and has an adequate workspace.

Family Danz is ready to help you in a plumbing emergency.

At Family Danz Plumbing, we take great pride in helping our customers with any and all plumbing concerns they may have, including leaky pipes. We are available to help in an emergency – all you need to do is call us at 518.427.8685, and we will assist you.

Five Reasons To Get Fall Heating Maintenance

Once autumn arrives, so does the unmistakable chill in the air. Although the days can be warm and sunny, the temperature starts to cool down – and that inevitably means that before you know it, it’ll be time to turn the heat on in your home. Did you know that one of the best things you can do for your home’s heating system is get annual fall maintenance from your HVAC professional?

Getting annual preventive maintenance for your heating system is an easy enough thing to neglect. Some people look at it as an unnecessary expense, or even an inconvenience. If your furnace is running great, you might wonder why you’d even need maintenance. After all, if it’s not broken, why fix it? Well, there are many reasons why getting annual maintenance on your heating system – even if it’s working just fine – is important.

Five Reasons You Should Call For Annual Maintenance Today

  1. Heating system maintenance can help your system last longer. When you get your fall tune-up, your HVAC technician will make sure all the components of your system are lubricated and operating smoothly. And, they’ll clean your system and change the air filter. All of these measures keep your system operating better, longer.
  2. Annual maintenance can help find small problems before they become larger ones. By having your system looked over by a professional yearly, any small issues can be addressed right away – and that can help save you from an expensive repair or replacement down the road.
  3. Fall maintenance can help your system run more efficiently. Cleaning your system and changing the air filter can make the air flow much more easily through your system. In turn, it won’t have to work so hard to heat your home – saving energy and ultimately money on your utility bills.
  4. Seasonal maintenance can help with your indoor air quality. Systems that are neglected often become dirty, and that means your furnace could circulate air that has dirt, dust, mold and pollen throughout your home. By getting proper maintenance, you can rest assured your indoor air will be fresher and cleaner.
  5. Furnace maintenance is an important step in maintaining your warranty. If you look at the fine print on your heating equipment’s warranty, you might see that getting proper preventive maintenance is necessary in order to keep your warranty intact. Without it, your warranty may be voided – and that can mean costly repairs or replacement down the road.

Fortunately, getting the fall maintenance you need is as easy as calling Family Danz.

At Family Danz, we want to help you make sure your furnace runs effectively and efficiently all season long. We’re pleased to provide our customers with the annual maintenance they need in order to keep their heating systems in shape. Just give us a call at 518.427.8685, and we will be happy to schedule your fall furnace maintenance appointment.