Air Filtration & Your Business – Is It Important?

If you’re a business owner, you probably have been working diligently to ensure you’re following reopening mandates and guidelines. Depending on the type of business or commercial building you own, there have been some mandates put in place regarding HVAC systems. One such mandate has to do with air filtration. Filters with a higher MERV (Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value) rating, such as HEPA filters, are required for some commercial spaces. While you should refer to state reopening guidelines for complete information, we’re sharing some information that hopefully makes MERV a bit easier to understand.

As we mentioned above, a MERV rating is the Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value of an air filter. According to the EPA, “MERVs report a filter’s ability to capture larger particles between 0.3 and 10 microns.” This helps people when comparing how different filters will perform. HEPA filters, for instance, boast a high MERV rating and therefore are a good choice for businesses that need to ensure filtration with ratings between MERV 11-13. HEPA stands for high-efficiency particulate air filter, and in theory removes at least 99.9 percent of dust, pollen, mold, bacteria, and all other airborne particles with a size of 0.3 microns.

How do I know if my commercial space needs advanced filtration?

The best way to know is by reviewing reopening procedures per the New York State website. Of course, you can contact Family Danz with any questions you might have as well. At Family Danz, we’re proud of our commercial HVAC team, and we have the experience to help you get the air filtration you need to meet state guidelines. We provide businesses and organizations with complete HVAC services and will be happy to help assess your system and provide you with the air filtration products and services you need.

You can count on Family Danz for commercial service.

We are pleased to meet the commercial needs of many different industries. Here are some of the commercial clients we’ve helped:

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

We know the “new normal” can be confusing. There’s no need to worry about state guidelines, regulations, and mandates because you can rely on Family Danz to help you through. Just give us a call at (518) 427-8685, and we will be more than happy to discuss your commercial filtration needs with you.

To Repair or to Replace Your AC? That is the Question

Have you noticed that the air conditioning system you have installed in your home has been struggling this summer? Maybe you’re having a hard time keeping your home as cool as you’d like. Or, maybe you’ve noticed that your energy bills are skyrocketing for no apparent reason. If you’re concerned that your AC system isn’t operating up to par, you might be wondering if it’s time for repairs – or a replacement.

At Family Danz, it’s important to us that we share with you the information you need to make an informed decision. We never take your home comfort lightly – we strive to ensure that you and your family are always comfortable, energy-efficient and safe. So, when it comes time to consider replacing the air conditioning system in your home, there are a few telltale signs that a new installation may be the right choice.

Five Signs You May Need to Replace Your AC

5 signs you may need to replace your ac

  • Your air conditioning system has needed frequent, expensive repairs. This is perhaps the strongest indicator that you likely should consider replacing your system. If you need to repair your system often, and those repairs come with a high price tag, it probably will be more cost-effective for you to replace your system.
  • Your AC is more than 10 years old and/or uses an obsolete refrigerant. The older your air conditioning system is, the more likely it will be less efficient, and need repairs. As AC systems move past 10 years, the likelihood they will need to be replaced becomes higher. And, older systems that use obsolete refrigerants, like Freon, are more expensive to repair and maintain.
  • Your utility bills have been on the rise. Of course, we can expect that the cost of utilities is going to increase a bit year over year. But if your utilities have risen and energy costs aren’t the factor, it’s likely your AC system is working harder than it should be to keep your home cool.
  • Your home is simply not as cool and comfortable as you’d like. If you’ve noticed a marked change in the level of comfort of your home over the past couple of years, it’s likely your system is simply not operating efficiently and effectively. This is especially important to note if you’ve regularly maintained your system. (Incidentally, if you haven’t, you might want to call for maintenance, as a dirty system could be the problem.)
  • You have made changes to the size of your home. Many people don’t realize that if they add square footage to their home, they may also need to make changes to their home comfort system. Additions, or using spaces in your home that previously were not inhabited (like a converted garage or finished basement) may mean you need to replace your AC system or enhance your system with a ductless unit in that space.
  • Not sure if you should repair or replace? Family Danz can help.

    If you have questions about your air conditioning system, and would like to know whether you need a repair or a replacement, Family Danz can help. We can determine if your current system still has life in it, or if you should be thinking about installing a new system. From there, we’ll work with you for the best possible solutions.

    Just give us a call at (518) 427-8685 and we’ll help you find the right solution for your budget.

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    Please note – we treat our customers like family, and as such your safety is our top priority. We are following stringent CDC guidelines to help you stay safe and comfortable.

Today’s World Calls for Better Indoor Air Quality

In today’s world, people are concerned about the air they are breathing every day. With people spending more time indoors than ever due to the pandemic, many homeowners are trying to find ways to improve the air they breathe. What many people don’t realize is, their HVAC contractor can help! At Family Danz, we offer many solutions for people who want and need better indoor air, but we understand that sometimes it can be confusing. In this article, we’ll explain the different indoor air quality products available, and let you know how we can help.

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  • Air Cleaners: There is a variety of different types of air cleaners on the market today. Some provide targeted air cleaning on a room-by-room basis, while others, also known as whole-house systems, can be installed directly in your home’s HVAC system. Obviously, a whole-house system offers superior control because your air is cleaned as it passes through your cooling and heating system. And, these types of air cleaners reduce particulates like pollen, dust, pet dander, and some bacteria and viruses, making them ideal for those suffering from allergies or other respiratory concerns.
  • Filtration: Air filters are an important measure in improving your home’s indoor air quality. Not only can changing out your filters help keep airborne particulates at bay, it can also help your equipment run more efficiently. Why? Think of it this way – if your filter is clogged, your system has to work that much harder to move conditioned air throughout your home. And changing the filters is a relatively simple, DIY task for most homeowners. Of course, if you’re not comfortable changing your filter, Family Danz can certainly help.
  • Duct Cleaning: Over time, dirt and debris, as well as more unsavory contaminants like insects and rodent droppings, can gather in your home’s ductwork system. That’s why it’s a good idea to consider having your ductwork cleaned by the professionals at Family Danz. We use a high-powered vacuum system that thoroughly removes any particulates from your ductwork, eliminating the pollutants that contaminate the air you breathe. That helps to ensure that the indoor air quality in your home is the best that it can be.

Learn more about how Family Danz can help you get better indoor air quality.

At Family Danz, we proudly offer our customers advanced indoor air quality products and professional installation that will have you and your family enjoying improved indoor air quality in no time!

Just give us a call at (518) 427-8685 and we’ll be glad to help you with your needs.

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Please note – we treat our customers like family, and as such your safety is our top priority. We are following stringent CDC guidelines to help you stay safe and comfortable.

COVID-19: How We’re Handling the Crisis

COVID-19, or the coronavirus as it’s more commonly called, is rapidly moving and is affecting our daily lives more and more each passing day.  While most people who contract the virus will survive it, for some, like the elderly and those with compromised immune systems, it can be deadly. That’s why we’re taking every possible measure to keep our customers and our team safe.

As HVAC contractors, Family Danz knows how important it is to keep home and business environments safe and comfortable. We’re taking every measure possible to ensure our workforce is healthy, and our workplace is safe for our employees. While we’ve always taken measures to ensure that our employees practice appropriate sanitary and health measures, in light of COVID-19 we have put some additional practices in place.

Our Workforce

We have requested that anyone who is feeling ill at all not report to work. That way, we can rest assured that those on our team avoid health risks and possible sickness. But more importantly, this measure is in place to ensure that you, our valued customer, are not exposed in any way to illness. While this is not much different than how we do business normally, we are asking employees that have any symptoms of COVID-19 to stay at home for 14 days. As always, our customers and our employees are like family to us.

Our Customers

As we’ve said above, we’re taking every possible measure with our team to ensure that the spread of illness is contained. We’d also ask at this time that our customers who may be experiencing COVID-19 symptoms inform us before we come into your home. So, please let us know if anyone in your household has symptoms of, or has tested positive for, coronavirus prior to your appointment. Keeping you comfortable is important to us; however, we also need to put practices in place that keep our employees safe as well.

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How We Can Help

In the world of HVAC, we’re trained to keep customers and their comfort top of mind at all times. We strive to help people who are concerned about their home environment, and there are ways we can assist you when it comes to the health of your indoor air. As home comfort specialists, we can provide you with indoor air quality products that can help contain and diminish the spread of microbes, including viruses, in your home air.

We offer some products, such as ultraviolet filtration, that can also kill certain contaminants. Currently, we’re offering the Bryant® Perfect Air Cleaner to our customers, along with a UV light and one-year service agreement, starting at $2,499.99. We welcome your call to discuss these products with us, as helping you stay well is our priority always.

The Best Way to Get Started is by Contacting Family Danz Today

Call Family Danz at (518) 427-8685 or complete one of our online forms. A representative will find you the best available options for your home and your budget.

Communication is Key

Family Danz cares about your health and well-being. You are valuable to us, not only as a customer but as someone we’ve come to know over the years of doing business with you. We know that times like this can be difficult, and uncertain. We want you to feel comfortable to communicate freely with us. If you’re concerned about us coming into your home, or you’re worried that you may be ill and are wondering how to get the home comfort assistance you need, call us. We can talk it through with you, and help you find the best solution. And, if you want to know more about our indoor air quality products that can help keep your air contaminant-free, please let us know. We want to help, and are ready to work with you during this time of uncertainty.

At Family Danz, we truly care about you, our customer. Please call us at (518) 427-8685, and let us know how we can assist you. We hope you and your family stay safe and healthy.

Fall Allergies? Consider Your Indoor Air Quality.

Sniffling, sneezing, and itchy eyes. If you’re a fall allergy sufferer, you know these symptoms all too well. They can ruin a beautiful autumn day, for sure. Outside, it’s difficult to get away from the pollen and other allergens that can irritate you and disrupt your life. But did you know they can also get into your living space indoors? Pollen and mold can be brought inside on your shoes and clothes, and unfortunately can be circulated throughout your home via your ducts.

But fortunately, you can take measures to prevent this, when you choose indoor air quality (IAQ) products for your home. Today, there are a number of different products that work directly with your home’s HVAC system. That means you can keep pollen, dust, mold spores and other irritants from contaminating your indoor air – helping you breathe easier this allergy season.

Learn more about the different types of IAQ products available for today’s homeowners.

One of the problems with today’s homes is how airtight they can be. Modern homes are built with efficiency in mind – but that can also mean that allergens get trapped inside, and are circulated over and over again whenever the home’s comfort system is operating. That’s why it can be important for some homeowners to choose to install IAQ products that can mitigate some of this concern. Here are a few IAQ products available for your home:

  • Air Filters: Air filters in general can help trap particles that otherwise would circulate through your home, but there are some that are advanced enough to trap very tiny particles, like mold spores, bacteria and more. Your HVAC professional can help you choose the right air filter for your needs.
  • Air Cleaners: Whole-house air cleaners are installed directly into your home’s return air ducts. They trap particles as the air passes through your system. Electronic air cleaners, unlike filters, never need replacing but they should be maintained by your HVAC technician.
  • Ultraviolet Air Cleaners: These types of cleaners work especially well for people who need an added layer of protection against bacteria and viruses, because the UV light in the system kills these pathogens, leaving your indoor air pure and free of contaminants.

How can I get IAQ products for my home?

The easiest – and best – way to get the indoor air products you need to enjoy cleaner indoor air is by talking with your HVAC professional. They will be able to explain to you the best type of IAQ products for your needs, and will be able to install them for you. At Family Danz, we want to make sure your indoor air quality is the best it can be. Give us a call at 518.427.8685, and we will be happy to help you find the right indoor air quality solution for your needs.

You Can Get Anything You Want from Family Danz!

At Family Danz, Thanksgiving is always a time when we step back and think about how thankful we are for our customers. That’s why we work so hard to make sure we can meet a wide range of your needs. We’re much more than just a heating and cooling company, and nothing pleases us more than being able to keep you and your family comfortable on many different levels.

But maybe you don’t know all the products and services you can get from Family Danz. When you choose us, you’ll get the very best HVAC services and much more.

Learn about what Family Danz has to offer:

Heating: Family Danz is pleased to provide you with complete heating products and services. We are a proud Bryant® Factory Authorized Dealer, so you can rely on us for equipment built for energy efficiency and durability. We offer heating installation, maintenance and repair, offering boiler systems, furnaces and ductless heating made to provide you and your family with optimal comfort.

Air Conditioning: You can rely on Family Danz to keep you cool all summer long, with air conditioning products and services for your home. We offer top-quality air conditioning equipment. What’s more, we’re full-service contractors offering you professional installation, maintenance and repair services. We can help you get central air as well as ductless cooling for your home.

Plumbing: At Family Danz, you can count on us for complete plumbing services and products for your home. We offer hot water heaters, water filters, and water softeners. Plus, we provide the kitchen and bathroom plumbing you need to keep the water flowing properly throughout your home.

Home Heating Oil: For the best home heating oil, trust Family Danz. We provide the best prices available on fuel oil, as well as automatic delivery and budget plans. Our heating oil contains detergents to keep your heating system running clean and at maximum efficiency, too. Additionally, you can choose Bioheat®, a renewable, clean-burning diesel replacement. And, we always list our price at the top of our website.

Commercial Services: Aside from the comprehensive residential services we provide, you can count on Family Danz to provide your business with the commercial HVAC necessary to keep it running smoothly. We’re pleased to offer commercial heating and cooling, as well as refrigeration and chiller installation.

Want to learn more about how we can keep you, your family and your business comfortable?

Just give us a call at (518) 427-8685. We will be more than happy to assist you.

5 Reasons to Take This Important Step Toward Furnace Health

With November’s arrival, people start to seriously think about the winter months ahead. And just like you make sure your car is winter road-ready, you should start to prepare your home for the colder months ahead. An area that frequently gets neglected is, unfortunately, the home comfort system. One very important – yet very simple – measure you can take during the winter to ensure it’s running its best? Change your filter!

Here are five reasons you should change your filter often:

System Efficiency: It only stands to reason that your furnace will have to work harder if the airflow is impeded. A dirty filter will keep air from flowing freely, and the air flowing through your system will likely be dirty. And that makes your furnace operate at lower efficiency – costing you more on your energy bills.

Smokers in the House: If you have smokers in your house, you should change your furnace filter more often. Cigarette odors and some of the leftover contaminants from smoking linger in your filter. If your filter is clogged with them, the air that circulates through your home will be filled with them too.

Fur Babies: When you have pets, you already know that their fur goes virtually everywhere. So it shouldn’t be a surprise that dog and cat hair also can end up in your HVAC system. A good air filter helps to keep the fur at bay, but once it gets full – usually in about a month – it needs to be changed.

Allergy Sufferers: Having clean air to breathe is important for everyone, but for allergy sufferers or those with respiratory concerns, it’s a vital necessity. As a result, making sure your furnace filter as changed as soon as it is dirty can help you keep fresher air circulating in your home this winter.

Furnace Performance: It’s simple – a furnace with a clean filter just runs better than one without. The Department of Energy (DOE) says changing your furnace filter once a month is important – it’s part of the maintenance routine that will keep your furnace operating at top performance this winter, and for years to come.

Need help with your filter change? Call Family Danz.

As you can see, a simple filter change can keep the air in your home cleaner, helping you avoid health concerns and furnace issues. Not sure how to do it? Just give Family Danz a call, and we’ll be happy to show you how, or change your filters for you. Simply call us at (518) 427-8685. We will be more than happy to assist you.

Air Conditioning Keeps Your Home Cool – And Dry.

Everyone knows that a good air conditioning system can keep your home cool even on the hottest, muggiest days. But did you know that part of the reason your air conditioner works so well at keeping you cool is because it keeps you dry, too? That’s because air conditioning systems remove moisture from the air in your home – and that’s an important component to staying comfortable on hot, humid days.

According to the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers, or ASHRAE, air conditioning helps maintain suitable humidity throughout your home, and helps free the air from excessive moisture during the humid months. In fact, ASHRAE offers that humidity control more than temperature control was the original catalyst for the development of air conditioning. Why is it so important to control humidity in the home? Much of it has to do with your health.

Humid conditions are perfect for the growth of mold and mildew.

Living in a moldy home is not good for anyone, and can be especially problematic for people dealing with lung conditions. People with asthma and allergies can become very ill when exposed to certain types of mold. Not to mention, warm, humid conditions are the ideal breeding ground for many forms of bacteria. As you can imagine, too much dampness in your home can cause the growth of a whole host of unwanted “guests.” Having effective air conditioning can help cut down on the conditions that encourage mold, mildew and bacteria growth.

You should know, in very humid environments a conventional air conditioning system is probably not enough on its own to control humidity. ASHRAE recommends staying at 60 percent relative humidity or lower in your home. If you find moisture is a problem in your home, you may need a dehumidifier in addition to your air conditioning system. If you choose the Bryant Evolution® Variable-Speed air conditioner for your home, there is no need for additional dehumidification. This system not only provides top-of-the-line energy efficiency and comfort control, but also optimal dehumidification.

If your home is more humid than you’d like during the summer months, Family Danz can help. It’s always our goal to make sure you’re cool and comfortable all summer long. To learn more about air conditioning and home dehumidification, give us a call at (518) 427-8685, and one of our friendly associates will get back to you soon.

How AC in Your Saratoga, NY Home Can Help

Summertime can mean fun in the sun outdoors, but if you don’t have air conditioning in your home, it can be less than enjoyable. Homes without an AC system are not only hot, but they can get sticky and uncomfortable. Not to mention, the dampness can cause unpleasant odors to stick around, and can encourage the growth of mold and mildew. If your Saratoga, NY home is lacking AC, you might not be as comfortable as you could be. What can air conditioning do to help?

A report from CBS News discussed the pros and cons of air conditioning when it comes to health. From what they found, a properly maintained AC system benefitted people and helped with air quality. For starters, most of the issues blamed on air conditioning actually are a result of neglect. The AC in your Saratoga, NY home, circulates air all day long. That’s one of its main jobs. Not getting your system the repairs it needs, or neglecting maintenance, can lead to trouble.

There are easy ways to ensure the AC in your Saratoga, NY home provides you with full benefits.

Dirty filters cause problems with your indoor air quality. The filter in your AC system does its job by trapping unwanted particles like dirt, pollen, and dander. Filtered air is one of the benefits of AC, however, clogged, dirty filters negate those benefits. You can easily remedy that problem by making sure you change your air filters monthly. Not sure how to do it? Your Family Danz AC technician will be glad to show you how, or do it for you. As a result, you’ll enjoy fresher, cleaner air all summer long.

Another common concern with AC systems is build-up of mold, mildew and bacteria. This can happen inside your air conditioner, mainly from the moisture that collects on the fan blades and coils. Again, with proper maintenance this will not be an issue. Annual preventive maintenance from Family Danz will help keep your air conditioner clean and free of harmful pathogens. Our technicians clean your coils and blades, making sure any mold, mildew and bacteria buildup is removed from your system.

Once the AC in your Saratoga, NY home is properly maintained, you’ll enjoy some impressive benefits.

You may not realize this, but the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention cite air conditioning as hugely important in preventing heat-related illness. The organization encourages people to use their home air conditioning systems readily, especially during times of extreme heat, to avoid heat exhaustion, heat stroke and even death. Family Danz can help you get the AC you need for your Saratoga, NY home. We install systems that are highly efficient and provide the cooling you need to prevent heat-related illness in your home.

As we said earlier, air conditioning can help filter the air. It removes particles like pollen, pet dander and dust – and this can be especially important for people with allergies and asthma. The Mayo Clinic recommends that people with respiratory illnesses use their air conditioning systems, especially during allergy season. Not only will it help remove harmful particles, but it will also lower the indoor humidity, making the air easier to breathe.

Having properly-maintained AC in your Saratoga, NY can provide you with numerous benefits. At Family Danz, we want to help you make the most of your current system by providing you with quality annual maintenance. Or, if you need AC, we can install top-quality systems that are effective and efficient.

Have You Called For Your AC Maintenance Yet?

With the heat of summer fast approaching, it’s important that your air conditioning system is ready. That’s why you need to call Family Danz right away to get the maintenance you need to keep your system running great. Maintaining your air conditioning system is one of the best ways you can ensure effective, efficient operation all summer long. Not to mention, getting regular AC is important to the life of your system. We’re happy to provide maintenance plans that help keep your air conditioning system in perfect shape.

If you don’t maintain your system, you can be in for a whole host of issues. The most common problem comes from a dirty system. Clogged filters and air coils can make your system operate much less efficiently, and can eventually lead to issues that might require repairs. Worse yet, an unkempt air conditioning system can become a place for mold and bacteria to collect. Not only will this cause inefficiency in your system, but it also can lead to poor indoor air quality.

Getting maintenance for your system is important for the health and comfort of you and your family.

When you choose us for your air conditioning maintenance needs, you’ll enjoy a number of benefits. Aside from your annual service and tune-up appointment with us, you’ll also receive:

  • Priority scheduling for emergency service
  • 15 percent discount on parts and labor
  • 24-hour emergency service
  • No overtime rates

Preventive maintenance is important to the life and efficiency of your home’s air conditioning system. We can get you the maintenance you need to keep your air conditioning system running perfectly now and for years to come. Scheduling service with us is easy. You can call us at 518.427.8685, or schedule an appointment with a Family Danz technician by filling out our convenient online form.