Keep the Hot Water Flowing with a Tankless Hot Water Heater

We’ve all been there. Just a couple of minutes into enjoying a steamy shower, then – the hot water disappears. And… the rest of the shower is spent under a Nordic waterfall! Nobody likes running out of hot water, but did you know you don’t have to? Tankless water heaters heat water on demand, rather than heating a whole tank of water, so you can count on a hot shower every time! Even more importantly, though, a tankless hot water heater can help you save energy – and money on your utility bills.

ENERGY STAR offers a number of benefits to choosing a tankless hot water heater for your home. Some of these benefits include:

  • Endless Hot Water: As mentioned above, tankless water heaters only heat the water you need as you’re using it. So you won’t have to wait for a tank of water to heat up.
  • Space Saving: You won’t have a large water tank taking up space in your home when you go tankless; these water heaters are small and wall-mounted. There are even models designed for outdoor installation.
  • Longer Life: According to ENERGY STAR, tankless water heaters offer up to 20 years of usage. Additionally, you don’t run the risk of leaky tanks (and the subsequent water damage.)
  • Energy Savings: Tankless water heaters are efficient, and can save the average family of four nearly $100 a year compared to a gas storage water heater. And, the more efficient the model you choose, the greater the savings – choosing an ENERGY STAR certified model can save you an additional $20 a year.

If you live in Albany, Schenectady, Saratoga or the surrounding areas and need to choose a tankless water heater for your home, give Family Danz a call at (518) 427-8685. We’ll tell you about the different tankless water heater products and services we offer, and help you find the solution that best suits your needs.

Family Danz Will Keep You Warm This Winter

Winters in the Albany area mean lots of snow and freezing cold temperatures. You rely on your home’s heating system to keep you warm no matter how frightful the weather outside gets. That’s why you need a heating contractor who can help with any heating need you might have. At Family Danz, we’re pleased to offer our customers in Albany and beyond complete heating services.

When you work with Family Danz, you’ll get a wide range of heating services for your home. We offer our customers heating repair, heating maintenance and heating system installation. We offer a range of heating products to choose from, including gas and oil furnaces, gas and oil boilers, oil to gas conversions and ductless heating. What’s more, we offer 24/7 emergency repairs, even on holidays.

Plus, you can count on Family Danz for quality home heating oil, too.

At Family Danz, when we say we’re full-service, we mean it! We’re pleased to offer our customers premium quality fuel oils in addition to our array of heating services. We strive to maintain competitive fuel oil prices. Our daily heating oil price is prominently displayed at the top of our website, so you’ll always know the cost. For customers looking for a greener alternative, we also provide Bioheat®, a renewable, clean-burning diesel replacement made from a diverse mix of resources, such as agricultural oils, recycled cooking oil and animal fats. And, discounted budget and prepayment plans are available with automatic deliveries.

Family Danz Heating & Cooling offers premium heating products and service, all while keeping your comfort and safety top-of-mind. We strive to provide for your heating needs unlike any other home comfort company, and we promise that you will be 100 percent satisfied after purchasing our products or services. Family Danz can help you stay cozy all winter long. Simply call us at (518) 427-8685, and we’ll be happy to assist with your winter heating needs.

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.

Boilers in Albany Love Family Danz!

If the boiler in your Albany home could call us for service, it would. That’s because at Family Danz, we give boilers the TLC they deserve. We appreciate that they work hard for your home day and night, which is why we take the time to service them properly. What’s more, at Family Danz we offer full-service boiler contracting. No matter what your boiler needs, we’re able to help.

Boiler maintenance keeps your boiler running effectively and efficiently.

You should know, a well-maintained boiler is usually a happy boiler. That’s why Family Danz maintains boilers all over the Albany area. When you get your boiler the annual maintenance it needs, you can count on better energy efficiency and longer life. We provide comprehensive maintenance that includes a thorough analysis of your system, testing and cleaning. That will help to ensure your boiler runs great all winter long, and that any small repairs are made before they become larger, more expensive ones.

Unfortunately, sometimes boilers need repair services.

We know you don’t want to think about the boiler in your Albany home breaking down. It never seems to happen at a convenient time – and usually when outdoor temperatures are at their coldest! But, if you need boiler repairs, Family Danz is able to help. Plus, we can repair virtually any make or model of boiler. So even if you didn’t install it with us, we can still fix it for you.

And, we’re happy to install boilers in Albany homes, too.

The Dept. of Energy says that if your boiler is more than 10 years old, you might want to consider a replacement. That’s because modern boilers have been built for maximum efficiency. You’ll know if it’s time for a replacement if your energy bills are on the rise, if your boiler is making unusual noises, or if your boiler is simply worn out. Family Danz helps people in Albany get boilers that are energy efficient, effective and sized properly for their homes.

Family Danz Heating & Cooling strives to provide Albany residents with the best boiler systems available. Our top priority is to save you money and energy, and to always install quality products.  That being said, we don’t try to get you to spend money on a new boiler system unless there’s a good reason, and we’re always available in an emergency.

Since your boiler can’t call us, you’ll have to.

You should know that when it comes to the boiler needs of your Albany home, Family Danz is always just a phone call away. We’re more than happy to provide the boiler products and services you need to stay warm all winter long. We are always ready to assist you. Simply call us at (518) 427-8685 and we’ll be happy to take care of the special boiler in your life. 

Making the Most of the Air Conditioning in Your Albany, NY Home

Summer’s not quite over yet, and it’s likely you’ll still need your Albany, NY home’s air conditioning over the next few weeks. Are you getting the most from your AC system? If you’re not as comfortable as you’d like to be, and your energy bills are high, it could signal trouble. Fortunately, however, it is often a common issue causing the problem. The Department of Energy (DOE) discusses some typical AC concerns, and how they can be remedied.

Often, the problem with the air conditioning in your Albany, NY home can be as simple as improper operation. That’s easy enough for anyone to do! Leaving windows and doors open is the biggest culprit. Letting that hot outdoor air in negates your system’s cool air output. Not to mention, it also makes your system work harder to keep your home cool. So make sure you have doors and windows shut before cranking up the AC. And, make sure you have the thermostat set to the appropriate temperature. Sometimes it’s easy enough to think your system isn’t working, only to discover someone has either turned off or changed the temperature on the thermostat.

Of course, sometimes the problem is within your system. Here are a few common mechanical problems that could be causing the AC in your Albany, NY home to perform poorly.

Refrigerant Leak

When your system is leaking refrigerant, simply adding more might seem to be a solution. Unfortunately, taking that measure isn’t your best option. A qualified technician can repair the leak and then recharge your system with the correct type of refrigerant. When the amount of refrigerant in your air conditioning system is perfectly charged to manufacturer specifications, your system will not only keep you cooler. It will also perform more efficiently. And, that helps you save money on your energy bills.

Poor Maintenance

Your Albany, NY home’s air conditioning isn’t simply “set it and forget it.” You need to make sure it is properly maintained on a yearly basis. Often, something as simple as a dirty filter can wreak havoc with your AC system. In fact, dirty filters are often responsible for poorly performing, energy sucking systems. That’s because your air conditioning has to work that much harder to circulate air through the grime. To ensure that filters are changed, parts are well-lubricated and refrigerant is at appropriate levels, annual maintenance is a must. Your HVAC technician is best equipped to offer you the maintenance you need.

Electrical Issues

Many moving parts make up your air conditioning system. Naturally, you can expect some of these parts to wear out over time. Compressor failure, fan failure and corrosion of wires and terminals are problematic. Annual maintenance is important because your technician will look for electrical issues. And, they’ll often be able to fix them before they become larger, more costly air conditioning repairs.

Drainage Concerns

Did you know that the climate type in Albany borders on hot summer/humid continental? That heat and humidity can lead to some drainage concerns when it comes to your home’s AC. If your air conditioning system isn’t working right and it’s particularly humid outside, check your condensate drain. It could be clogged.

As you might imagine, the best remedy for air conditioning concerns in your Albany, NY home is getting proper annual maintenance. Most likely, your technician will spot these common issues before they become large, expensive ones. And, getting annual maintenance just helps your system run better, last longer and maintain higher energy efficiency.

You’ll be glad to know you can trust Family Danz with all your Albany, NY home’s air conditioning needs. From expert installation of quality equipment, to annual maintenance, to professional repairs, we can help. To learn more about how we can assist you, simply call us at (518) 427-8685.

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.

Naval History in Albany – the USS Slater

USS_Slater_AlbanyWhen you live in Albany, NY or the surrounding area, you know our city is rich in history. Our museums and buildings house some of the world’s most comprehensive collections of historical artifacts, and you can easily spend a day simply touring the Capital here. But did you know Albany is also home to the last destroyer escort afloat in America?

The USS Slater was a Cannon Class destroyer escort that was served in the United States Navy during World War II. Like many ships of that time, the USS Slater was named for a sailor who lost his life in service – Frank O. Slater, who perished aboard the USS San Francisco during the 1942 Battle of Guadalcanal. The USS Slater served in both the Atlantic and the Pacific theaters both during and immediately following the war, and in 1951 was transferred to Greece. It served for 40 years, and was deactivated in 1991.

While it was awaiting disposal, the Destroyer Escort Sailors Association saved it. Raising $290,000 to rescue the USS Slater and return it to the United States, the not-for-profit educational corporation was brought to New York City, and four years later it made its way up the Hudson River to Albany, NY. Over the last 20 years, volunteer crews have worked to restore the USS Slater to her 1945 condition. The USS Slater now serves as a living memorial to destroyer escorts and the sailors who served on them.

If you’d like to visit the USS Slater, she is open early April through late November, Wednesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. During months of operation, she is open most major holidays except Easter and Thanksgiving Day. Admission prices vary, please visit the USS Slater website to learn more.

Ted Danz, the founder of Family Danz, served his country in the U.S. Navy and finished his military career with a strong sense of duty and commitment to his community. Once back in the Capital District, he settled into the town of Bethlehem. It was always a dream of Ted’s to start a family business and at the same time, give back to the community. From that vision, Family Danz was born. Instinctively, the fitting motto for Ted’s company was: “We Treat Our Customers Like Family.” Let us show you the Family Danz difference – call us at (518) 427-8685 and we will be more than happy to help with your HVAC, plumbing and heating oil needs.