Family Danz Recipe Corner: Cranberry Chutney

Cranberry sauce is a staple at most Thanksgiving feasts, and most of us are familiar with the jelly kind that plops out of a can! But this year, why not put a new spin on your cranberry side dish, with this tasty cranberry chutney recipe from Allrecipes.com? The addition of other fruits, spices and a bit of zing will make this dish be the standout at this year’s festivities.

Cranberry Chutney

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup water
  • ¾ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 12-oz. package fresh cranberries
  • 1 cup apples – peeled, cored, diced
  • ½ cup cider vinegar
  • ¼ tsp. ground ginger
  • ½ tsp. ground cinnamon
  • ½ cup raisins
  • ¼ tsp. ground allspice
  • 1/8 tsp. ground cloves

Directions:

  • In a medium saucepan, combine water and sugar. Bring to boil over medium heat. Add all remaining ingredients. Return to boil, and then simmer gently for 10 minutes, stirring frequently.
  • Pour mixture into mixing bowl. Place plastic wrap directly on the surface of the sauce. Cool to room temperature. Serve, or cover and refrigerate. Return chutney to room temperature before serving.

Thanksgiving is all about family.

At Family Danz, we believe in treating customers as though they’re a part of ours. That’s why 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. If you need emergency services, even on Thanksgiving, give us a call at (518) 427-8685. Just be sure to save us the drumstick!

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.

No Ductwork? No Problem! Family Danz Offers Ductless Heating.

Do you have a room in your home that you’d like to keep warmer in the winter, but where ductwork might be an issue? Don’t despair – ductless heating for your home may just be the perfect solution. Ductless heating can be installed in places in your home where ductwork is either impossible or impractical, and provides a heating solution that makes those spaces more comfortable.

You may be wondering what, exactly, what ductless heating is.

A ductless heating system provides highly efficient heating designed to keep areas without ductwork as comfortable as those with. Ductless systems provide targeted heating to a specific, single space, but there are multi-unit options available, too. Ductless systems are not only used for heating; they can also help to balance out the climate of your home, and help you increase your current system’s energy efficiency.

Another benefit of ductless heating is how easily they’re installed and how unobtrusive they are. They mount directly onto the wall or ceiling, and blend well with most décor. They require no additional ductwork, and installation can be completed in just a few hours, with no patching or painting required. What’s more, ductless heating operates very quietly, so the only thing you’ll notice is the improved comfort level of your space.

There are many areas of your home that can benefit from ductless heating.

Ductless heating is perfect for areas in your home like converted attics, additions, finished basements, sunrooms and older homes. Outside of the home, there are some ideal commercial uses for ductless heating as well, such as storage rooms, kiosks and off-hours offices. When you choose to work with Family Danz, we’ll tell you about all of your options for ductless heating, and help you find the ideal solution for your needs.

Think ductless heating might be the right choice to help you keep your home warm this winter? Then give Family Danz a call. Simply call us 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.

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. 

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.

Family Danz Recipe Corner: These Tasty Treats Will Be the Apple of Your Eye

Fall is here, and so are all the delicious tastes of the season. Pumpkin spice abounds, and apples are literally everywhere. Whether you like to pick them yourself, or enjoy the great fall sales on them at the supermarket, there is no better time of the year than right now to enjoy fresh, ripe apples. Of course, they’re tasty just to grab and snack on, but there are so many different ways to enjoy them. Sprinkled with cinnamon and sugar, baked into a pie, or, one of our favorite ways – covered in yummy caramel! We’re sharing a fun recipe for caramel apples with you from Allrecipes – they’re super easy to make, but one thing’s for sure – they won’t last long!

Caramel Apples

Ingredients

  • 6 apples, washed to remove any traces of wax and refrigerated
  • 1 14-oz. package of individually wrapped caramels, unwrapped
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • Sprinkles, chopped nuts, mini candies or anything you’d like to garnish apples (optional)
  • 6 wooden craft sticks

Directions

  • Remove stems from apples and press a craft stick into the top. Butter a baking sheet (you can use cooking spray as well).
  • Place caramels and milk in a microwave-safe bowl and microwave for two minutes, stirring at one minute. Allow to cool briefly.
  • Roll each apple in the caramel sauce until coated well. Place on buttered baking sheet to set.
  • While apples are tacky to the touch, if desired decorate with nuts, sprinkles or candies.

Sticky situations are good when it comes to enjoying caramel apples, but not so good when it comes to your home’s heating system. If your heating system isn’t running the way you’d like, you can count on Family Danz to help. We can repair virtually any make or model of furnace or boiler, so just give us a call at the first sign of trouble and we will be more than happy to assist you.

Furnace Concerns? Now May Be the Time to Replace.

Dealing with furnace issues can be frustrating. This can be especially true if you’ve been suffering from costly breakdowns and outrageous energy bills. If you find you’re spending much more than you’d like to on repair costs and utilities, then it may be time to consider a replacement. This is especially true if your heating system is 10 years old or more – the older your system, the less efficient it is and the more likely breakdowns are on the horizon, if they haven’t happened already.

Family Danz can help you keep warm this winter for less.

If you’ve been considering replacing your furnace, there honestly is no better time. That’s because at Family Danz, we’re offering our Bryant Bonus Special*, which will help you get a new heating system for much less. Right now, you can save $2,720 on a new system. Here’s how:

  • $1,120 Utility Rebate
  • $600 System Rebate
  • $400 Family Danz Dealer Discount
  • Free Humidifier ($600 Value)
  • $2,720 TOTAL SAVINGS

If you’d like to take advantage of this special offer, simply contact Family Danz for more details at (518) 427-8685. But hurry – this offer ends on 11/30/17, so act now to make sure you don’t miss out on our best special of the season!

*Total savings shown are available on qualifying Bryant systems. Restrictions apply.

Get Your Fall Maintenance Scheduled Before Winter

We’ve had unseasonably warm temperatures so far this fall, so your furnace is probably the last thing on your mind right now. But, getting your heating system maintained is an important step toward ensuring that it runs well this winter. Unfortunately, many people think that preventive maintenance is just another way heating contractors try to make money, and that it isn’t really necessary. That couldn’t be further from the truth. In fact, ENERGY STAR strongly recommends it.

Their website states, “Maintain your equipment to prevent future problems and unwanted costs. Keep your cooling and heating system at peak performance by having a contractor do annual pre-season check-ups.” At Family Danz, we offer fall preventive maintenance because we actually like saving you money. We know in our experience that the heating systems that most often fail on those cold winter nights are the ones that haven’t received proper maintenance.

Lack of maintenance can cause both large and small problems with your system.

At the very least, systems that go unchecked are often inefficient because of clogged, dirty filters and moving parts that haven’t been lubricated. These things make your system work harder and can make your energy bills more costly. At the most, unmaintained systems fail to the point they are beyond repair, and have to be replaced at a cost that most homeowners have not prepared for. So if you want to ensure that your heating system is reliable, safe and operating smoothly. And, a Family Danz heating system maintenance plan offers more than just an annual tune-up. You’ll also receive:

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

To get the preventive maintenance you need, simply call us at (518) 427-8685. We will be more than happy to assist you.