Understanding Air Conditioning Terms

If you’ve been thinking about installing a new air conditioning system in your home, chances are you’re looking for one that’s energy efficient. In fact, one of the reasons people choose new air conditioning is so they can save money on their energy bills. Modern air conditioning systems are much more energy efficient than their counterparts from even 10 years ago. New technologies allow them to provide better cooling and lower energy use. Today’s air conditioning systems even use a more advanced refrigerant that is both more environmentally friendly and more energy efficient.

As beneficial as new air conditioning can be for today’s consumers, it can also be confusing. There are many terms that can be hard for anyone without the technical expertise of most HVAC contractors to understand. You might wonder what these terms mean, or if they’re even important. That’s why it’s important for you to be educated as a consumer. When you know what terms like SEER or R-410A mean, you can make better decisions when it comes to purchasing air conditioning for your home. At Family Danz, we make it a priority to share knowledge with our customers, so you can make the most informed choice. That’s why we’re sharing some common air conditioning terms with you, as defined by ENERGY STAR.

Some of the terms you may hear include:

  • SEER: SEER stands for Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio. It’s used to measure the efficiency of an air conditioning system. The higher the SEER rating, the more efficient the system. SEER measures system efficiency over an entire season. We offer quality Bryant air conditioning systems with ratings up to 21 SEER, among the highest available on the market today.
  • EER: Like SEER, EER, or Energy Efficiency Ratio, is used to measure the efficiency of air conditioning systems, but at the outdoor temperature of 95ºF. AC systems with a high SEER rating generally have a high EER rating as well.
  • R-410A: This is a type of refrigerant that was developed in response to concerns about the ozone layer. Because it doesn’t contain bromine or chlorine, it does not contribute to ozone depletion. Additionally, it allows for a higher SEER rating, so it reduces power consumption. R-410A is also sold under the trademark “Puron.”
  • dB: One major complaint people have about air conditioning systems is that they tend to be noisy. dB, or decibel, is the amount of noise produced. Today’s systems run at much lower dB, many producing about the same noise as a vacuum running, or about 66 dB.

Once you understand the terms surrounding air conditioning, it’s much easier to find a system that offers you everything you need. Energy efficiency, environmentally sound components and quiet operation are all important factors when it comes to selecting an AC system that will provide you with years of comfort at a lower cost.

At Family Danz Heating & Cooling, we’re pleased to provide our customers with the best quality, most efficient air conditioning systems on the market. If you’re looking for a quiet, attractive and energy efficient air conditioner, call us at 518-427-8685 and we will be more than happy to help.

Should You Maintain Your Air Conditioning System?

With so many household expenses nowadays, it isn’t a surprise that homeowners are trying to cut corners and save money wherever they can. Many times, people are tempted to save money by putting their HVAC system maintenance on hold. But, the truth is, not getting your system’s annual preventive maintenance can be more costly in the end. What are the benefits of preventive maintenance for your air conditioning system, and how can Family Danz help meet your needs?

The truth is, maintaining your AC system is one of the best ways you can ensure effective, efficient operation. Regular maintenance is important for the life of your system. Think of your automobile. What if you never got an oil change, or new filters, or new tires? What if you never took it to the carwash or made minor repairs when they sprung up? As you can imagine, your car or truck probably wouldn’t last too long. Your home comfort system works in a similar way. You have motors, fans, filters, fluids and electrical components that all need to be maintained properly in order to ensure your AC system enjoys a long life.

But isn’t AC maintenance expensive?

And, you may be surprised to learn that proper maintenance often pays for itself. Your air conditioning system will run far more efficiently if it has been maintained regularly, and that will help you save money on your utility bills. Plus, you’ll have to deal with fewer system breakdowns and expensive repairs. Regular maintenance means one of our technicians will be able to check your system thoroughly and take care of any small repairs before they become major ones – and that will save you money in the long run.

A more subtle effect of a properly maintained AC system is not visible to the eyes, but the chances are your nose knows. Homes that have the right maintenance have healthier air, because filters are changed an air coils are cleaned. When your system isn’t maintained, it can become a repository for dirt, mold and bacteria – and that can quickly cause your home’s air to take an unhealthy turn for the worst.

Can AC maintenance help my system last longer?

Of course, one of the biggest benefits of making sure your AC system gets the annual maintenance it needs is that your system will last longer. Let’s face it – like your vehicle, your HVAC system is a necessary, but large, expense. You want to get the most out of your system and make sure it lasts you a long time. Properly maintained systems enjoy a much longer lifespan than their neglected counterparts – often more than 10 years.

And, should an emergency arise with your system, when you have a maintenance plan from Family Danz, we will be there to help you. Our maintenance plan customers receive priority scheduling for emergency services, a 15 percent discount on parts and labor, 24-hour emergency service and no overtime rates. So aside from a comprehensive annual maintenance that will keep your system running smoothly for years, we’ll also be there to help if you have any repair needs, too.

As you can see, preventive maintenance is important to the life and efficiency of your home’s air conditioning system. Family Danz can help you get the maintenance you need for the life of your system. Just give us a call at us at 518.427.8685 and we will be happy to help you get the preventive maintenance you need.

March Savings from Family Danz!

The colder weather is winding down, and summer’s not quite here yet, so new air conditioning or heating probably isn’t at the top of your list – but this month is the perfect time to get it. Right now, through March 31, we’ve pulled out all the stops and are ready to help you get into a heating or cooling system that can keep your home more comfortable and can save you money on energy bills.

If you’ve been thinking about replacing your old, inefficient home comfort system with a new, high-efficiency system, there is no better time than the present. We realize you may not need a new furnace or air conditioner, and if you don’t, no discount is going to make sense. But, if your system is more than 10 years old, this could be the opportunity of a lifetime.

When you purchase a new, high-efficiency system this March, you’ll be eligible for an amazing $3109 in savings. We’ve bundled together an incredible offer just for you:

  • $1610 Utility Rebate
  • $300 System Rebate
  • $400 Family Danz Discount
  • $600 Humidifier
  • $199 One Year FREE Maintenance

These all come together to equal $3109 in savings for you. Combine this offer with special financing with approved credit, and a 10-year system warranty, and you have one amazing deal. This will be our best offer all year, but you have to act quickly to get these great March sale savings. It all ends March 31, 2017 so call us at 518.427.8685 to learn how you can take advantage of this offer today.

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.

A New Heating System Can Help You Save

new-heating-systemHave you been thinking about having a new heating system installed in your home, but you’re not sure if you want to make the investment? If you have an older system that doesn’t run as effectively or as efficiently as it used to, it may very well be a worthy investment. ENERGY STAR offers some tips on how to know when it’s time to make that replacement.

  • Age of Equipment: If your furnace or boiler is more than 15 years old, it is likely time to start thinking about replacing. Today’s newer, more energy-efficient models are generally at least 15 percent more efficient than furnaces from a decade or more ago. ENERGY STAR qualified equipment like the Bryant Evolution® variable speed gas furnace is up to 98 percent efficient – and that can mean big savings if you use it to replace your older furnace.
  • Repair Woes: Was your furnace or boiler in need of repairs on a frequent basis last winter? Were your energy bills on the rise? These two factors when coupled together likely mean it’s time for a new heating system installation.
  • Dry Winters: If the air in your home has been noticeably drier the past couple of winters, it could be the result of poor equipment operation or inadequate equipment. Hot spots in your home – areas where it seems like all the heat from your furnace has concentrated – can also indicate that your equipment could be operating inadequately.

Of course, there are other culprits besides your heating equipment that could be causing a spike in your utility bills and a decrease in home comfort. Poor insulation, leaky ducts and drafty doors and windows can all cause home comfort concerns, both in the summer and the winter. The best way to find out if your furnace is operating properly or if something else might be causing comfort issues in your home is by calling a qualified HVAC contractor. They will be able to help you determine whether your heating system needs replacement or if there are other problems in your home.

At Family Danz, we take the comfort of our customers very seriously – that’s how we’ve stayed in business for more than 30 years. We will be happy to help you with your home heating needs, including a new heating system installation. We’ll meet your needs professionally, cost effectively and efficiently. Call us today at (518) 427-8685 and discover what it means to receive an exceptional level of service.

March is the Right Time to Schedule Spring Maintenance

ac_preventive_maintenanceSpring is right around the corner, and while you’re probably not ready to run your air conditioner yet, you may be thinking about getting it ready for the warmer weather ahead. Preventive maintenance is a very important part of keeping your air conditioning system running its best and most efficient. And, when you have your air conditioner serviced on an annual basis, you’re also ensuring that it enjoys a longer life – and who doesn’t want their home comfort equipment to last as long as it possibly can?

Every air conditioning system requires regular maintenance to ensure it’s running at maximum efficiency. Keeping it properly maintained on an annual basis will help to lower your utility bills, reduce the need for service calls, increase efficiency and prolong the lifespan of your equipment. When you choose a preferred service agreement with Family Danz, your system will receive a professional cleaning and precision tune-up. Air conditioning maintenance includes:

• Refrigerant charge check
• Electrical components check
• Air filter check
• Condensate drainage check
• Overall efficiency check
• Condenser coils check

When you call Family Danz, we can help you with the preventive maintenance you need to ensure your system stays running all summer long, no matter how hot it gets outside. Our technicians have been specially trained to maintain virtually all makes and models of air conditioning equipment. When you choose Family Danz Heating & Cooling for your air conditioning maintenance needs, you’ll receive the following additional benefits as well:

• Priority Scheduling for Emergency Services
• 15% Discount on Parts & Labor
• 24-Hour Emergency Service
• No Overtime Rates

And scheduling your annual preventive maintenance appointment with us is easy. You can either give us a call at 518-427-8685 or fill out our convenient online contact form, and one of our friendly representatives will be happy to help you set up your appointment with us.

Have Yourself a Cozy Little Holiday with These 5 Energy Tips

When the snow starts to fly, chances are your boiler and furnace start to work a little overtime, too. And that can mean an increase in your heating bills – which is never ideal at the holidays, when you’d rather use your money in other ways. But, according to the Alliance to Save Energy, there are ways you and your family can experience comfort and joy this holiday season (and all winter long) without having to deal with a frightful increase in your home comfort bills. Here are five ways you can conserve energy – and stay toasty warm!

  • Go green with your decorations. Most people like to display some lights during the holidays, but powering those twinkling bulbs can get costly. Did you know that most holiday lights nowadays come in LED form, which use up to 90 percent less energy than their incandescent counterparts and last up to 40 years?
  • Take care of leaks. Did you know that you could save on your heating bills just by sealing up drafty, leaky areas of your home? Places where the warm air leaks out – and the cold air blows in – are often in areas around windows, chimneys, recessed lighting and doors. You can save 20 percent on heating costs this way.
  • Give your heating system the gift of annual maintenance. You can do simple tasks, like changing your furnace filter on your own, but for the heavy lifting side of furnace or boiler maintenance, you’ll want to call in professionals like Family Danz Heating & Cooling to help you with your heating system maintenance Annual maintenance helps you improve system efficiency – which means savings on your energy bills.
  • Choose a smart thermostat. In today’s world, your thermostat can do the thinking for you! There are thermostats you can easily control from your computer or smart phone – so even when you’re away from home, you can control the temperature. That will help you save energy and utility costs. Family Danz can help you choose the right thermostat for your home, and program it for maximum comfort and efficiency.
  • Let the sunshine in. Letting the sun in your home on even the chilliest of winter days can help you home stay warmer. Open your curtains to let the sun in your home during the day to warm up your home, and then close the curtains at night when it gets cooler outside to help keep the warmer air in.

At Family Danz, we can help you keep your home warm all winter long. We’ll help you understand your home’s energy usage, and we’ll suggest ways you can save money on your home’s energy bills now and for winters to come. If your equipment is old or in need of costly repairs, we can help you get s new high efficiency gas furnace that will allow you to save money and stay comfortable, no matter how chilly the weather might get. To learn more about how we can help, simply call us at (518) 427-8685 and we will be more than happy to assist you.

Program Your Way to Energy Savings

Residents of the Schenectady, N.Y. area are preparing for what could be another extremely cold winter, and if you’ve been around for any amount of time you pretty much know what to expect. The chill and blowing snow you can handle — but what about those high heating bills?

Family Danz Heating & Cooling can help you out. For nearly four decades, we’ve come up with savings plans for homes and offices throughout the Capital District of New York State. Our experts know precisely where to look to find those areas where your energy efficiency isn’t quite what it should be, and we would be glad to put our experience to use for you.

One of the biggest money savings you will see will come from having a programmable thermostat installed by your friendly Family Danz technician. The use of a pre-programmed thermostat means you won’t have to constantly remember to set it back when you leave and then turn it back up when you return, because the magic of the programmability does it all for you. There is really no need to keep the heat up while nobody is around or while you are asleep, so why spend the extra money to keep your plants and furniture warm?

We will take a look at your own personal schedule to coordinate a plan just right for you. We’ll also show you helpful thermostat tips to significantly lower your utility bills, giving you energy savings that will pay for the installation of your new programmable thermostat in a short time.

In our nearly 40 years serving the Capital District of New York State, our heating experts have come up with savings methods for homes and businesses throughout the area. Give Family Danz a call today to see what we can do to take a sizable chunk out of your own energy bill.

Family Danz Heating & Cooling is a full-service heating and air conditioning contractor, offering sales and service in Schenectady, N.Y. and throughout the Capital District of New York State. If you would like more information on any of our services, call us at 518-427-8685.

Fall Into Energy Savings

It’s one of the times of the year that the people paying the energy bills like the best — the summer heat is over, so the expense of air conditioning use has dropped off. The cold of the winter hasn’t arrived yet, so the use of the furnace hasn’t driven those bills back up. The early fall is definitely a time to save on your energy bills, but unfortunately that is only a short respite from the spike soon to come.

Family Danz Heating & Cooling knows that the winter chill will soon return for residents of Niskayuna, N.Y. and the Capital District of New York State, and along with the weather will come the cold reality of those energy bills. But there are many ways to save on your utility usage even during the coldest of winters, and our experienced technicians would be happy to share our insights with you.

You can see the need for attention yourself by simply checking around your home or office on the chilly days for any drafty areas. Put your hand up to windows, doors, outside walls, and attic entryways to see if you feel a colder temperature there. That’s where your heat — and your heating dollars — escape, and they will need to be filled.

We offer a professional energy audit that will point out all places where you have heat loss caused by air leakage, inadequate insulation, and even your own non-economical usage habits. Your Family Danz expert will offer you a full report of all the cold spots, with efficiency and conservation suggestions specific to your situation that will help lower your energy bills.

Give Family Danz a call today for an expert assessment of all of your heating equipment, and an up-close look into all of the places where you can save money on your winter utility bills. It‘ll be a great investment for your home or office, and likely make them a bit safer in the winter months at the same time.

Family Danz Heating & Cooling is a full-service heating and air conditioning contractor, offering sales and service in Niskayuna, N.Y. and throughout the Capital District of New York State. If you would like more information on any of our services, call us at 518-427-8685.

Enjoy the Energy Savings of Summer’s End

The Niskayuna, N.Y. summertime is quickly coming to a close, and although that means the end of summer fun, many area residents also look forward to the lowering of their utility bills as they reduce their air conditioning usage.

At Family Danz Heating & Cooling, we don’t want anyone to feel they need to sacrifice their own personal comfort because of its affordability any time of the year. Certainly AC systems are a major expense in the summer, as are heating systems in the winter. But there are numerous ways you can reduce those bills.

Our experienced technicians at Family Danz can help.

For nearly four decades, we have sold, installed, and serviced heating and air conditioning units throughout the Capital District of New York State. Our highly trained HVAC specialists will put their years of expertise to work for you to make sure your HVAC system is working at peak capacity to reduce needless expense. Our professionals can quickly diagnose whatever problem your system is facing that makes it less than efficient — and more expensive — to run, and fix the problem.

With regular maintenance, Family Danz will keep your HVAC system up and running the entire year. But if there ever is a problem, we are also available for emergency service to quickly get you out of a heating or cooling crisis.

We are always available to answer your questions about how to use less energy in your home or business and save on your utility bills. For expert consultations, and a commitment to providing you with all the comfort you deserve, give us a call today!

Family Danz Heating & Cooling is a full service heating, air conditioning, and ventilation contractor, offering sales and service in Niskayuna, N.Y. and throughout the Capital District of New York State for nearly 40 years. If you would like more information on any of our services, call us at (518) 427-8685.