Family Danz Is Your Full-Service Contractor

At Family Danz, we pride ourselves on being able to help people stay comfortable, no matter what the weather outside. We’re always willing to go the extra mile for our customers, and we offer a broad range of products and services to help ensure a wide variety of needs are met. Learn more about our offerings below:

Residential Heating & Air Conditioning

Family Danz offers complete residential heating and air conditioning throughout the Capital District. Our full suite of products and services includes:

Commercial HVAC

Commercial clients can rely on Family Danz to offer comprehensive commercial HVAC solutions. From design and build services to completion, we provide a full list of services with your budget in mind. We can help with:

Heating Oil

You’ll never have to worry about running out of heating oil when you choose Family Danz. We provide oil delivery to residents and businesses alike, with plans that can help you budget for fuel expenses.

Plumbing

We offer residential plumbing services, and are fully staffed with master plumbers who are experts in the field. We provide plumbing equipment and accessories from top manufacturers, so you’re guaranteed quality.

To learn more about Family Danz and our full suite of HVAC, oil delivery and plumbing services, just give us a call at 518.427.8685 and we’ll be happy to assist you!

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.

“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.

Family Danz Can Help You With Spring Maintenance

Winter seems to have lasted forever, but in just a couple of weeks, spring will arrive. Of course, living in New York we know that just because the calendar says spring is here, doesn’t mean we won’t still be in for some chilly weather. But, it’s still a good idea to start preparing for those warmer days ahead. One of the best ways you can do that is by calling to get your air conditioning maintenance scheduled with us.

At Family Danz, we know that maintaining your home’s air conditioning system is one of the best ways you can be sure it will operate effectively and efficiently. Getting your AC system the regular maintenance it needs not only helps your system run better all summer long; it also helps it last longer, too. Not to mention, you can choose a comprehensive maintenance plan that will keep your system in perfect shape and provide you with additional benefits as well.

By choosing a maintenance plan from Family Danz, you’ll enjoy:

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

And did you know, the most common problem with air conditioning units stem from a dirty system? When air filters and coils become clogged, your system will operate much less efficiently, and eventually may have issues that require repair. And, a dirty AC system is the perfect place for mold, bacteria and allergens to collect – causing not only inefficiency, but poor air quality as well. Getting your annual maintenance from Family Danz can help you avoid all of that!

Getting the annual maintenance your system needs is important to the life and efficiency of it. We’ll help you get the maintenance you need to keep your air conditioning system running properly now and for years to come. Scheduling service with us is easy – just give us a call at 518.427.8685, or fill out our online contact form, and we’ll be happy to assist you!

Family Danz Recipe Corner: Sweets for Your Sweet

Nothing says love quite like a sweet treat made from the heart. If you’re looking for something special to give your sweethearts this Valentine’s Day, why not consider making something yourself? In honor of the month of hearts and flowers, we’re sharing a recipe for cherry kiss cookies from Taste of Home. These delicious cookies are perfect to give to someone special. Whether you’re making them for a loved one, your co-workers, your child’s teacher or a friend, they’re sure to be appreciated!

Ingredients

  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup confectioner’s sugar
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • 2 tsp. maraschino cherry juice
  • ½ tsp. almond extract
  • 6 drops red food coloring (optional)
  • 2 ¼ cups all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup chopped maraschino cherries
  • 54 milk chocolate kisses, unwrapped

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 350ºF. In a large bowl, beat butter, sugar and salt until blended. Add in cherry juice, extract and food coloring. Gradually stir in flour. Stir in chopped cherries.
  • Shape dough into 1” balls and place 1” apart on greased baking sheets.
  • Bake 8-10 minutes or until bottoms are lightly browned. As soon as you remove from oven, press a chocolate kiss into the center of each. Edges may crack a little. Cool on cookie sheet for two minutes, and remove to wire racks to finish cooling.

If you haven’t had annual maintenance done on your furnace this year, why not show it a little love this February and schedule an appointment with us? Getting preventive maintenance will keep your furnace running all winter long. Just give us a call and we’ll be happy to set up a heating maintenance appointment with you.

Staying Safe During a Winter Storm

This time of year it’s inevitable – we’ll likely need to brace ourselves for a winter storm or two. When the wind howls and Old Man Winter kicks up a blizzard, you might find yourself facing some unpleasant situations. The best thing you can do is prepare yourself for winter weather in advance, so that you’re ready for whatever weather comes your way – and you’re able to keep you and your family safe and sound. The American Red Cross offers some tips that can help you stay safe in the face of harsh winter weather.

Be prepared.

First of all, assemble an emergency preparedness kit that contains items that can help you weather the storm. Plenty of water, non-perishable food items, a flashlight, a battery operated radio, and a first aid kit are all essentials for any kit. You may also want to have extra cash on hand, a toolbox with the essentials, and at least a week’s supply of any medications you may need. If there are infants in the house, make sure you’re stocked up on diapers and formula, and if you have pets, have pet food and extra water on hand for them, too.

Keep your pets in mind.

If you have pets, you’ll want to keep them indoors. If the outdoor weather is inclement, you may have to resign yourself to the fact that they’ll have to do their business indoors, too. Have extra cleaning products like disinfectant spray and paper towels on hand, as well as plastic bags for any waste. Make sure you’re stocked up on cat litter – in the winter, it’s not a bad idea to keep an extra bag of the non-clumping variety in the trunk of your vehicle anyway, because it can help your tires gain traction if you get stuck.

Prepare for power outages.

You also may want to prepare for a power outage, as can sometimes occur in severe winter weather. Keep extra blankets on hand, as well as sweaters, sweatshirts and pants, thermal underwear, heavy socks, and even hats and gloves. If the power goes out, gather the family in one room to maximize body heat for warmth. You might even want to consider having some active fun, like dancing or exercising, to help stay warm and generate more heat.

Let Family Danz help.

Another way you can be prepared for whatever winter has in store for us is by making sure your heating system has had the proper annual maintenance. At Family Danz, it’s important to us that our customers are comfortable – and safe. That’s why we’re happy to offer preventive maintenance, which will help ensure your heating system runs effectively and efficiently, even when outdoor temperatures are at their coldest. Just give us a call at 518.427.8685 and we’ll be happy to help you get the maintenance you need.

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.

What to Do When You Need Heating Repair in Your Albany Home

Colder weather will soon settle into the Capital District, and that means the heating system in your Albany home will soon be busy. If you’re concerned about the health of your heating system this winter, it could be time to call Family Danz. Often, there are warning signs that let you know you’re in for some heating repair services. If you’re on the lookout for them, you’ll know when an issue is about to arise – and take proactive measures. Most likely, trouble with your furnace or boiler started well before this heating season.

Here are some important questions to ask yourself if you have heating system concerns, as they can be signs you need heating repair in your Albany home:

  • Did you notice your heating bills were higher than normal last year? If you answered yes, it might mean your system was working harder than it should have been. Or, if you have an older heating system, it may simply be losing efficiency.
  • Did you notice some rooms were warmer, or colder, than others? If so, it may not necessarily mean you need heating repair in your Albany home. It may, however, require some balancing and adjustments to your ductwork, which is a job for your heating contractor.
  • Did you have your furnace maintained by an HVAC professional? If you answered no, you may have some problems. Heating maintenance helps ensure all parts are well-oiled, no minor issues exist, and filters are clean.
  • Did you notice knocking or pinging sounds when you started up your system? If you have a radiator system, these noises can be common, but shouldn’t be too loud. If your furnace is making loud noises, especially screeching, banging or grinding ones, then you likely need heating repair for your Albany home right away.
  • Did you notice a smell that wouldn’t go away when you started up your system? It’s normal for there to be a “basement-like,” musty smell when you first turn on your furnace. After all, it’s sat dormant for months. But if the smell lingers, you likely need a filter change. Of course, in the event of a burning odor, turn your furnace off right away and call your HVAC dealer. If you smell gas, leave your home immediately and call the fire department.

You should know, you can count on Family Danz to help when you need heating repair for your Albany home. Our highly skilled technicians can help you, no matter what your heating concerns may be. Your comfort and safety are always our number one priority, and we always treat you like family. We can repair virtually any make and model of home heating equipment, and we’re happy to help you should you need a furnace or boiler replacement. Plus, we offer annual maintenance plans that will keep your heating system in great shape, this winter and for years to come.

So when you need heating repair for your Albany home, Family Danz is ready to assist you. Simply call us at (518) 427-8685 and we will be more than happy to help meet your needs.

 

 

Family Danz Offers Top-Notch Furnace Repair in Albany

Winter weather is on its way. Are you worried that the furnace in your Albany home might not be up to snuff? Nobody wants to deal with furnace repair once it gets cold and snowy. Not to mention, a total breakdown can be costly. So if you’ve noticed any issues at all with your furnace, you should give Family Danz a call.

Many times, people will put off getting their furnace looked at. They might worry they’ll feel silly if there’s nothing wrong with it. Or, they may think there’s only a minimal problem and calling a technician out to look at it will be a waste of time and money. Sometimes, they may not know for sure what’s going on and are not sure how to express their concerns to their contractor.

First and foremost, Family Danz cares about your safety.

At Family Danz, you can rest assured that we take your call seriously. We’d much rather you be safe than sorry. As a result, we offer 24/7 emergency furnace repair in Albany, including weekends and holidays. Our skilled technicians have been trained to offer repair for both gas and oil furnaces, on most makes and models. Still not sure you should call for furnace repair?

Here are a few indicators shared on the Angie’s List website:

Noisy Operation: Of course your furnace isn’t completely quiet when it operates. But if you notice it’s been getting louder or making unusual noises, it’s time to have it checked out.

Pumping Up the Heat: If you keep turning up the thermostat, but aren’t feeling any more comfortable, there could be a problem requiring furnace repairs for your Albany home. A faulty thermostat, ductwork or a problem with the furnace itself could all be the culprit. Your tech can tell you what’s wrong.

On/Off/On/Off: If your furnace is cycling faster than Lance Armstrong, that’s not a good sign. It could have a rapid cycling condition. You’ll want to have it looked at, as it could be a problem with the wiring or the ignitor.

Escalating Energy Bills: If your energy bills are on the rise, but there haven’t been any rate hikes or increased usage, then that means your furnace isn’t operating as efficiently as it should. Getting furnace maintenance can help, but if you’ve been getting regular maintenance and there have been other furnace problems, you may need furnace repairs in your Albany home.

For your convenience, Family Danz services all makes and models of furnaces, and we pride ourselves on providing prompt service, especially to those most in need without heat.Our technicians are factory-certified and will thoroughly evaluate the furnace repair needs of your Albany home, and find the best solution to help make your home as comfortable and energy efficient as possible. They’ll arrive at your home on time are able to address any questions or concerns that you may have.

Don’t hesitate to call us for the furnace repair needs of your Albany home.

Family Danz Heating & Cooling is ready to assist you with your furnace concerns. Simply call us at (518) 427-8685.

At Family Danz, We Care About Furnaces in Schenectady!

People living in Schenectady know winters can get pretty harsh. That’s why it’s so important to have a furnace that’s running perfectly. Not only is a properly-running furnace important for your comfort, it’s also necessary for your safety. And that’s where Family Danz comes in. We are full-service heating contractors, and that means we can help with just about any furnace concern you may have.

We keep furnaces in Schenectady running great by offering maintenance and repair services, as well as premium-grade fuel oil. And, if you need a new furnace, we can help you there, too. We offer our customers the best new furnaces on the market. They’re made to be efficient, durable and reliable. As a result, you and your family will enjoy greater comfort all winter long and for years to come, as well as lower utility bills.

Learn more about the furnace services Family Danz offers to Schenectady residents.

For your convenience, we offer maintenance, repair and installation for both gas and oil furnaces. And, we can help both residential and commercial consumers with their furnace needs. Count on us for:

Furnace Maintenance: When you choose us to help you get the furnace maintenance you need for your Schenectady home, we’ll do much more than provide annual preventive maintenance. You’ll also get priority scheduling in case of emergency, a 15% discount on parts and labor, 24-hour emergency service, and no overtime rates.

Furnace Repair: Nobody wants to think about the furnace in their Schenectady home breaking down on the coldest night of the year. But, if it happens to you, it’s good to know you can count on Family Danz to help get your furnace back up and running safely. And, we can repair virtually any make or model of furnace available.

Furnace Installation: Has the time has come for a new furnace in your Schenectady home? Then trust the pros at Family Danz to help you get the expert installation and quality system you deserve. We provide exceptional furnaces that are engineered to keep your home as comfortable as possible, all while offering energy efficiency.

Commercial Furnace Services: Businesses and organizations in Schenectady rely on Family Danz to provide the best in commercial furnace services. We offer competitive bids with our personal guarantee that your commercial furnace service will be done professionally, within your budget, and with adherence to timelines and design.

Oil Delivery Service: Residences and businesses in Schenectady keep their furnaces running with fuel oil from Family Danz. Our goal is to bring you the best home heating oil products on the market.  When you choose us for fuel oil, you’ll get premium grade fuels at the lowest possible price – guaranteed.

Family Danz is ready to help with the furnace needs of your Schenectady home.

We strive to offer our customers the best in furnace maintenance, repair and installation. Our goal is to provide you with exceptional service that exceeds your expectations. If you need a furnace contractor in Schenectady, Family Danz is ready to assist you. Simply call us at (518) 427-8685 and we will be happy to help.