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.

Need Heating Help for Your Albany Home? Choose Family Danz!

You rely on your home’s heating system to keep you and your family warm in Albany, NY. You need the peace of mind that your heating equipment will work properly, efficiently and safely. That’s why it’s so important to chose an expert in the field of home comfort to help. When you work with an HVAC company that not only provides superior products and installation, but also treats you like family, then it’s easy to rest assured that your heating system is at its best. That’s where Family Danz comes in.

At Family Danz, we strive to provide you with the best heating system services available in Albany, all while providing caring, committed customer service. We always work hard to show our customers that we value them. It’s important to us that our customers are completely satisfied before, during and after the heating repair, maintenance or installation. As a result of this, we offer a comprehensive listing of heating services, coupled with incentives on new equipment and the best brands available in the heating industry.

How can Family Danz help me heat my Albany home?

Family Danz provides complete heating services throughout the Albany, NY area. No matter what your needs may be, we strive to help you and your family stay warm and comfortable all year long. You can count on us to help you, whether you have a furnace, boiler or heat pump system. We proudly provide:

  • Heating Maintenance: We offer annual preventive maintenance for your heating system, servicing boilers, furnaces and heat pumps. Maintenance helps keep your system running smoothly, and your equipment warranty intact, and often, it helps your heating equipment retain its energy efficiency level.
  • Heating Repair: If the heating system in your Albany home breaks down, you can trust Family Danz to get it back up and running for you. We can repair virtually any make or model of heating equipment, and we strive to ensure that it’s operating effectively, efficiently and safely for you and your family.
  • New Heating Installation: Whether you heat your home using a boiler, a furnace or a heat pump, when it comes time for a replacement you can count on Family Danz. We offer premium home heating products from trusted manufacturers, and we provide expert, thorough installation to your complete satisfaction.
  • Ductless Heating: If you’d like to heat a space in your home, but worry about the lack of ductwork, stress no more! At Family Danz, we’re pleased to offer Albany customers ductless heating. These systems are easy to operate, highly energy efficient and provide optimal home comfort – without the need for ductwork.
  • Heating Oil: Aside from offering our customers the very best in home heating products and services, we’re also pleased to provide premium grade heating oil as well. With several delivery options available, and the best prices throughout the Albany area, you can rely on us to provide you with the fuel you need to keep warm.

When you need heating services for your Albany home, trust Family Danz to help. Simply call us at (518) 427-8685, and we will be more than happy to help you get the maintenance, repair or installation you need.

Fall Into Autumn with a Beautifully Decorated Front Entrance

Your front entrance is important, as it is often the centerpiece of your home. A thorough cleaning, updated painting, color and hardware can make a powerful first impression on visitors to your home. Once that project is out of the way, you may want to tackle some seasonal decorating to enhance your newly updated entrance.

One of the many aspects of fall that we can’t help but love is the colors. There’s something about the deep reds, vibrant oranges and golden yellows that elicits our desires for everything from sweaters and scarves to slow cooker meals and seasonally flavored coffees. To enhance your enjoyment of everything fall, we suggest spending a little more time on that entrance to incorporate some seasonal elements.

Planters & Urns

Our first suggestion is to invest in some planters that you can use year round. If you have the space, consider using urns because they’re versatile and add some height to entrance. The extra height is visually appealing and ensures that your entrance does not swallow up your plants as they balance out the proportions. Urns come in a variety of styles and materials so you’re sure to find something that will work within your budget.

For those of you working to be financially conservative, we suggest opting for a plastic version and weighing it down with sand or stones to ensure that it won’t tip over and crack (and thus compromise your plants). Our final recommendation relative to urns is to opt for black. A black urn is preferable for planting because it will almost always provide a beautiful complement to the other colors and materials that make up your entrance.

Plants, Flowers & Gourds

As you head to the greenhouse to purchase plants to fill those urns, we have to insist on at least a couple of mums. These seasonal gems are a must have and can be mixed or matched and will always be a beautiful addition to your outdoor decor. While the mums often steal the show, we must also suggest some other favorites such as ornamental grasses that always create some interest in your planters or greens, such as cabbages and kale.

These choices offer an unexpected contrast to the brilliant colors of the mums and add to the visual appeal of your arrangement, keeping your eyes moving about. Last but certainly not least, pumpkins, squash and decorative gourds can be used to accessorize your planters and be worked in around stairs, railings or mixed right in with your seasonal landscaping to bring some color and interest to your home.

Fall is often a great time of year, filled with fun, family friendly activities and nearly indescribable natural beauty. We hope you get out and take advantage of special time of year and enjoy decorating the entrance to your home to further enhance your enjoyment of the season.

Eating Healthier in the New Year? Try This Delicious Farro Salad Recipe!

ThinkstockPhotos-505599008Most people bring some resolutions into the New Year that they hope to fulfill. Often, improving diet, exercise and weight top the list of those resolutions. Eating healthier doesn’t mean you have to resign yourself to smoothies and celery sticks, though. There are many options available when you’re looking for ways to eat better and improve your diet. The recipe we’re sharing with you is full of fresh herbs, vegetables and whole grains. Perfect for lunch or as a side dish with dinner, we think this farro salad recipe from Giada De Laurentis will give you a whole new – and delicious – perspective on what it means to eat healthier.


  • 4 cups water
  • 10 oz. farro (about 1 ½ cups)
  • 2 tsp. salt (more to taste)
  • 1 lb. chopped and seeded tomatoes
  • ½ sweet onion
  • ¼ cup snipped fresh chives
  • ¼ cup finely chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 large clove of garlic, minced
  • 2 tbsp. balsamic vinegar
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • ¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil


  • Combine water and farro in medium saucepan, and add salt. Bring to boil over high heat, then reduce to medium-low and cover. Simmer for about 30 minutes, or until farro is tender. Drain well, and then cool in a large bowl.
  • Next, add tomatoes, onion, chives and parsley to farro. Toss to combine.
  • In medium bowl, whisk together garlic, vinegar, salt (to taste), pepper and olive oil. Add this vinaigrette to the farro mixture and toss to coat thoroughly.
  • You may refrigerate this salad overnight. Bring to room temperature before serving.

At Family Danz, our New Year’s resolution is simple – we want to keep working harder to provide you with the very best HVAC services in the area. Our goal is to never stop improving on what we offer to you, our valued customer. No matter what your comfort need may be, you can count on us to help. Just call 518-427-8685 and we will be more than happy to assist you.

What is Oil to Gas Conversion?

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If it’s time to replace your old heating system, you might be considering converting from oil to gas heat. There are many good reasons why you should, but you might be a little bit unsure about the process. Every home has its own unique needs when it comes to oil to gas conversion, but the steps followed are usually pretty similar. Family Danz knows that switching from oil to gas heating can be confusing, so we work with you and the utility company to get the job done right.

What is the process involved with an oil to gas conversion?

When you contact us to discuss your oil to gas conversion, we’ll make an appointment to visit your home. We’ll determine the type of equipment you’ll need, and we’ll contact your utility company to let them know how much gas your home will be using. The utility company will them provide an estimate for the installation of gas service to your home. We’ll then work with the utility company to get your new gas equipment installed, as well as any needed extensions, service connections and metering equipment. Finally, your utility company will turn on your gas service, and you’ll soon be enjoying gas heating in your home.

What are some benefits of gas heat?

From an environmental standpoint, natural gas is a cleaner fuel source, and that makes it better for the world around us. It offers an efficient, safe and reliable source of fuel, is economically sound and clean burning. It burns almost 100 percent of its fuel and there is no leftover residue, odor or soot. By converting to natural gas, you’ll help reduce greenhouse has emissions of sulfur, carbon and nitrogen. Not to mention, choosing natural gas to heat your home can improve the outdoor air quality of your entire community, by reducing smog, acid rain and gas emissions.

Why choose Family Danz for your oil to gas conversion?

Family Danz Heating & Cooling is committed to helping customers take advantage of the best home comfort products on the market today. We also work hard to help you achieve higher efficiency from the heating and cooling products you use in your home, so that you can save on your energy bills. We are here to help you, which is why we facilitate your oil to gas conversion so the process goes as smoothly as possible, so you’ll quickly enjoy greater home comfort and energy efficiency.

If you’d like to learn more about oil to gas conversion, and if it’s a good choice for your home, please don’t hesitate to give Family Danz a call. We provide heating services including oil to gas conversions throughout the Albany, NY area, and we are happy to discuss the benefits of a conversion with you. To find out more from our experts, just give us a call at 518-427-8685, and we will be more than happy to help you with your needs.

We Can Help You Heat Your Business

Commercial-HeatingWhen you’re trying to run a business, you know that having a controlled climate is important so that your employees are productive and your clients are happy. Maybe you already rely on Family Danz for your personal home comfort needs, but did you know we can help you keep your business warm all winter long as well? We provide the same professional HVAC services to businesses as we do for residential clients, including heating system installation, maintenance and repair, as well as fuel oil delivery.

In a survey conducted by Software Advice, employees of various companies were asked about their preferences regarding office temperatures. Half of the employees surveyed were unhappy several times a month with the temperature of their office, and 56 percent said they were too cold in the winter. Most surveyed felt that the temperature of their office made a difference when it came to productivity levels, and most preferred the temperature to hover around 71 degrees (72 for women, 70 for men.) It could be assumed, then, that your employees will benefit from better climate control – and you’ll benefit from choosing a company that helps meet those needs and helps your employees stay productive and satisfied.

No matter whether you have a boiler or furnace heating system at your business, our commercial heating service team is ready to help you keep your employees and clients warm, no matter how cold the winter gets. We take pride in offering our commercial customers the best, most efficient heating systems available for their businesses or organizations. And, our highly trained technicians can maintain and service most commercial systems, so you’ll never have to worry about not getting the help you need when you call Family Danz.

And, as business owners ourselves, we understand that downtime is costly for businesses or organizations. That’s why we strive to ensure that your commercial heating service – whether it’s repairs, maintenance or installation – is completed in a timely fashion, to your complete satisfaction. That way, you can get back to your business with as little downtime as possible – surely something your employees and customers will appreciate!

Family Danz is pleased to offer commercial heating services throughout the Albany, NY area. If you’re in need of commercial services for your business or organization, and you’d like a Family Danz representative to contact you, please visit our commercial heating page and fill out our convenient contact form, or feel free to give us a call at 518-427-8685. Your employees and clients will be toasty warm all winter long, when you choose us to help keep your business comfortable.

The Benefits of Planned Fuel Delivery

oiltruckAs you know, living in the Albany, NY area means that winters can be pretty harsh and cold. And, because of that, the cost of heating your home can be expensive. It isn’t always easy to budget for fuel costs, since heating oil prices can fluctuate. But, there is one way you can stay on top of your winter fuel expenses. By choosing an oil budget plan, you don’t have to gamble with fluctuating fuel costs. A budget plan allows you to get automatic delivery and guaranteed pricing that helps you plan for your home heating expenses.

Family Danz is pleased to offer our customers oil budget plans that make heating their homes in the winter a simpler task. We’ll work with you to help you choose a budget plan that fits your home heating needs. For many customers, the biggest benefit of having planned fuel delivery is the fixed price. This allows customers to know what they’ll be spending on fuel each month, so there are no surprises when the bill arrives.

You’ll benefit from automatic fuel delivery from Family Danz.

Another advantage is automatic delivery – you won’t have to worry about running out of fuel, even on the coldest night of the year. You can rest assured that Family Danz will keep your fuel tank fully supplied and ready, no matter what home heating demands your household will face during the chilly Albany, NY winter. Our drivers deliver the fuel you need to your home, whether you’re there or not, so you don’t need to worry about scheduling a time to bet there for your delivery.

For many people, another benefit of an oil budget plan is that it helps during the holidays. Family Danz knows how tough it can be for a household to have to pay a large utility bill around holiday time. But when you choose a budget plan, you won’t have to struggle during peak season for fuel consumption – an oil budget plan allows you the peace of mind that comes with regular, affordable monthly payments, no matter what the oil prices might be.

And, at Family Danz, we take great pride in providing our customers with premium-grade fuel oil. Our heating oil is specially formulated to not only keep your home warm and comfortable all throughout the winter months, but to also keep your equipment running great, too. Our home heating oil contains special additives that keep your system running clean and at maximum efficiency. That reduces service calls, extends the life of your heating system, benefits the environment and helps you save on your energy bills.

Keeping your family safe and warm all winter long is easier than ever, when you choose Family Danz to help with your fuel plan needs. You’ll get automatic delivery – and a monthly price that works for you and your home heating needs. Just give us a call at 518-427-8685, and we will be more than happy to tell you about our budget plan options.

Need Heating Repairs in Your Schenectady, N.Y. Home? Count on Family Danz!

It’s been one of the coldest winters on record here in Schenectady, N.Y., and your furnace has probably been working overtime. When your system is working hard to keep your home warm and cozy, the chance that you could experience a breakdown increases – especially if your system is older or hasn’t been maintained in a while. If you’re faced with a heating system emergency in your Schenectady, N.Y. home, you can trust Family Danz Heating & Cooling to help.

Our highly skilled technicians have been specially trained to thoroughly evaluate your heating system repair needs and find the best solution to help make your home as comfortable and energy efficient as possible. At Family Danz, we always treat our customers like family, which is why we work hard to help you with your heating repair needs. We arrive at your Schenectady, N.Y. home on time are able to address any questions or concerns that you may have in a professional, courteous manner.

What’s more, Family Danz technicians have access to the most advanced diagnostic equipment, instruments and tools to help resolve your heating system problems more quickly and effectively, saving you time and money. We service all makes and models of heating system equipment, and we pride ourselves on providing prompt service, especially to those most in need without heat. For emergency repairs, we are available 24 hours a day, including weekends and holidays – because we know emergencies can occur at the most inconvenient times.

Don’t suffer with a chilly home or compromise you and your family’s safety with a heating system that isn’t operating properly this winter. When you need heating repairs in a hurry in your Schenectady, N.Y. home, Family Danz Heating & Cooling is ready to assist you. Simply call us at (518) 427-8685.

What is Bioheat®, and is it a Good Fuel Oil Choice?

If you think home heating oil has to be detrimental to the environment – think again. That’s because now, there’s Bioheat, a traditional home heating oil that has been blended with biodiesel. How is it a cleaner and renewable fuel choice? Read more to learn about Bioheat and how you can use it in your home.

To first understand what Bioheat is, it’s important to know what biodiesel is. Biodiesel is, according to the Bioheat website, “a renewable energy resource made domestically from fatty acids found in vegetable oils, recycled restaurant oils and other natural resources.” Bioheat generally blends from 2 percent to 5 percent biodiesel with their traditional home heating oil.

You may be thinking, “Bioheat sounds great for the environment, but is it really a good fuel choice?” Well, aside from the benefit to the environment, there are many advantages to the consumer as well. First of all, it provides a cleaner, more complete and more efficient burn, which means you’ll get more for your money. And, because of its chemical composition, it can extend the life of your equipment. Plus, it’s produced domestically from American agricultural or recycled content.

When you choose to switch to Bioheat, there is no costly equipment retrofitting or modifications when you switch to a Bioheat B5 blend. Bioheat performs like your current fuel oil, and the costs are similar to traditional heating oil. And, Bioheat complies with the industry’s quality standard guidelines (BQ-9000 and ASTM), so you know you’re always getting consistent, quality home heating oil.

If you think Bioheat is a good fuel choice for your home, contact Family Danz. Aside from being a full-service HVAC contractor, we also provide fuel oil delivery all throughout the Capital District. Call us today at (518) 427-8685, or fill out our online form to schedule your next home heating oil delivery and to ask about our convenient payment options.

AC Repair and R-22: Does Your Albany, N.Y. Home Have an Old AC Unit?

If the air conditioner in your Albany, N.Y. home was made before January 1, 2010, there is a good possibility that it contains refrigerant known as R-22, or Freon. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, the reason this refrigerant has since been phased out and replaced with the more environmentally sound R-410A is for the protection of the Earth’s ozone layer. You may be wondering, though, if your pre-2010 air conditioner needs repairs, can they be made? The simple answer is yes, but there are some facts you should know should your system require repair services.

First of all, you don’t have to replace your system even if it contains R-22. Part of the EPA’s regulations included the banning of production of air conditioning equipment containing R-22, but that doesn’t mean older equipment can’t be repaired. While the EPA called for this refrigerant to be phased out, they still have allowed reduced quantities to be produced in order to make repairs to Freon systems. Pre-2010 systems can still be repaired, and components such as condensing units replaced.

If you’re in a situation where the air conditioner in your Albany, N.Y. home is in need of major repair, however, you might wish to consider investing in a new unit that uses R-410A. Why? R-410A is a more efficient, more Earth-friendly refrigerant. You might decided that it’s worthwhile to purchase a more energy-efficient system so you can save energy and cut down on your utility bills. Or, you might want to choose something that’s simply greener. And, if you replace your system now, you won’t need to worry about the high cost of repairs using R-22 – the cost of the refrigerant will only increase as the supply dwindles.

If you do decide that you’d like to replace the old R-22 unit in your Albany, N.Y. home, Family Danz can help you find an air conditioning system that can help you save on your utility bills and is perfect for your home and your lifestyle. We can also help you find rebates and incentives on certain high-efficiency AC equipment, to help you save money now and in the future. If you would like more information on high-efficiency air conditioning systems or any of our other products services, call us today at 518-427-8685.