Spring Allergies Making You Sniffle? IAQ Products Can Help!

woman sits at home office using a tissueSpring is a beautiful time of year, with the trees budding and the flowers blooming. Unfortunately, it can also be a tough time for people who suffer from seasonal allergies. Pollen counts are on the rise, and that can cause some sniffling, sneezing, and stuffy noses for those with allergies. While there’s not a lot you can do about the outdoors, there are a few ways you can help improve your indoor air quality or IAQ.

You might be thinking that you don’t really need indoor air quality products because those allergens are outside. However, pollen and other allergens (like mold) can easily get into your home and wreak havoc with your spring allergies. Pollen can come in on your clothing, your shoes, and through open doors or windows. And, the damp weather during spring can help mold and mildew grow in your home. Once these allergens are inside, your HVAC system can circulate them through the air time and time again.

What can I do to keep allergens at bay inside my home?

There are a few practical things you can do when the pollen counts are high outside. You can make sure to take off your outerwear and shoes before entering your home. And, on days when the weather report indicates a high pollen count, you can keep doors and windows closed as much as possible. If mold is a problem, you can check damp areas of your home, like basements and bathrooms, and make sure there is proper air circulation and any traces of mold and mildew growth are cleaned up as soon as you notice them.

For some allergy sufferers, these measures aren’t quite enough, and they need to consider installing indoor air quality products in their homes. At Family Danz, we want you to be as comfortable as possible in your home, and we know that often means more than just helping you stay warm in the winter and cool in the summer. That’s why we offer a complete lineup of indoor air quality products to help keep the air in your home as fresh and clean as possible.

What products do you provide that can help with my home’s IAQ?

You trust Bryant® heating and air conditioning products to help you stay comfortable, no matter what the weather is like outside. Did you know that they also offer some of the best indoor air quality products as well? At Family Danz, we’re pleased to offer the following Bryant indoor air quality products to our customers:

  • Evolution™ Air Purifier: Compact enough to fit in your home’s HVAC installation, this solution offers whole-home air purification by cleaning the air that flows through your system. It can trap up to 95 percent of particles and inactivates 99 percent of select airborne pathogens (such as human influenza, common cold surrogate, streptococcus pyogenes, and the murine coronavirus) using patented Captures & Kills® technology. Not to mention, it provides long-lasting MERV-15 efficiency.
  • Bryant® Ventilator: Today’s airtight homes often provide no way to refresh your indoor environment. Bryant ventilators bring filtered outdoor air into your home, replacing the stale, trapped indoor air. And, unlike opening a window, ventilation systems work with your home’s HVAC system to preserve efficiency.
  • Bryant® UV Lights: Because of the often-damp environment inside your air conditioning unit, it can become the perfect breeding ground for mold, mildew, and bacteria. Bryant UV lamps are designed to focus intense UV light on the cooling coil, thus killing mold and bacteria that may have formed there. Not only does this help improve indoor air quality, it helps your system operate more efficiently, too.
  • Humidity Control: Whether the air in your home is too dry or too damp, Bryant has the solution. The Preferred™ Series humidifier lineup helps deliver moist air throughout your home, while the Preferred™ Series whole-home dehumidifier removes excess moisture from the indoor air.
  • Preferred™ Series Carbon Monoxide Alarm: Carbon monoxide is colorless, odorless, and can be deadly. To keep your family safe from CO poisoning, it’s important to have controls in place that can alert you to a possible carbon monoxide leak. This carbon monoxide alarm uses sophisticated electronics and sensor technology to detect the CO levels in your home.

Call Family Danz for the indoor air quality products you need for your home.

If you’re ready for fresher, cleaner indoor air for your home, Family Danz is ready to assist you! We’ll help you breathe easier this spring, and all year long, with quality indoor air quality products from Bryant. Call Family Danz today at (518) 427-8685 to learn more about our complete lineup of IAQ products, and to schedule an appointment.

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Should I Get a Whole-Home Humidifier This Winter?

During the winter months, many homeowners find that the air inside their homes becomes dry, especially those with forced-air heat. While the heated air keeps your home and family toasty, it can also lack moisture. And that can lead to a whole host of concerns. Some of the discomforts that people experience when the air in their home is too dry include itchy skin, scratchy throats, and an increased frequency of ailments like colds and nosebleeds. Additionally, your home can suffer as well – you might notice that the floorboards are creaking or painted woodwork is peeling.

So, what can you do to improve the level of humidity in your home? Many people find that installing a whole-home humidification system does the trick! Whole-home systems are different than room humidifiers because they deliver humidified air to your entire home rather than one singular space. And, you won’t have to worry about them running out of water – most systems need little to no maintenance, making it easier for you and your family to enjoy humidified air, no matter how cold it gets outside.

I’m not sure if I need a home humidification system. What are some of the signs?

As we mentioned above, winter months can mean overly dry indoor air. Lack of outside air, running the furnace constantly, and using other heating methods, such as fireplaces, all contribute to drying out your home’s air. If you notice any of the following signs of overly dry air, it’s likely that you need to add some humidity to your home environment.

  • Static electricity is a problem. Is your hair standing on end and your clothing clinging, or are you noticing those little zaps when you walk across the carpet? Those are all signs of too much static electricity – and too little moisture in the air.
  • Your mucous membranes feel uncomfortable. Yuck! Nobody wants to think about mucous membranes, but those delicate linings of your eyes, nose, mouth, and throat can all become especially irritated when the air in your home is too dry.
  • Your skin is itchy, too. If your skin is dry and flaky, and your lips are chapped and cracking, it doesn’t feel the greatest – and it’s a really good indication that the air in your home is way too dry.
  • Your wooden furniture is creaky. Overly dry air can cause issues with the wooden furniture and fixtures in your home. Your hardwood floors and stairs may warp, and paint may crack. Very delicate wooden furniture and fixtures may even crack and split.

Can Family Danz help me if my home is overly dry?

We sure can! We offer home humidification solutions that can help you get the humidity levels you need in your home – helping you enjoy better comfort. We’re pleased to offer our customers the Bryant® Preferred™ Series humidifier, which can deliver humidified air throughout your entire home. Call Family Danz today at (518) 427-8685 and get the quality service that you expect from a company you know and trust.

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Feeling Chilly This Winter? Keep Your Whole House Warm with Ductless!

Woman sits on couch using remote control on ductless unitThe cold winter months in the Capital Region can certainly make it difficult to stay comfortable. You look to your home as a warm, cozy haven to come into out of the cold, but if your heating isn’t adequate, you’re probably feeling the chill even when you’re indoors. Central heating systems work great in areas where your ductwork can reach, but in some instances, you may need a little extra help keeping your house warm.

Fortunately, ductless heating systems are a great option. Because of new technology, ductless now works great even in colder climates, making it a solid choice for homeowners in the Northeast. Plus, because it is available in a number of different configurations, it can be installed in most homes with minimal construction and downtime. In this article, we’ll explore the different ways ductless may benefit your home.

Areas of Your Home Where Ductless Heating Can Be Beneficial

Ductless heating relies on a heat pump system to transfer the heat from the outdoor air into your home. Many people worry this won’t work in colder temperatures, but there is heat in the outdoor air, even on chillier days. This heat is brought into the home using an outdoor heat pump unit and generally requires only a small-diameter hole to connect the outdoor and indoor units. As a result, your technician should easily be able to install your ductless system quickly – so you will be toasty-warm in no time.

Ductless systems can either be installed as singular units or in a multiple unit configuration throughout your whole home. Here are three different scenarios where ductless can help keep your entire house comfortable:

  1. You have an addition or converted space. If you’ve added onto your home or converted an area such as an attached garage or attic into living space, this area of your home might not have access to your central HVAC system. With a ductless system, you’ll be able to keep that area of your home warm, without having the mess and expense of adding ductwork.
  2. You have “cold spots” in your home. There are a variety of reasons you may notice one room of your home does not warm up adequately. If you have an older home, it may have not been originally built with an HVAC system in mind. If you’ve added space, your current heating system may not be able to effectively heat the home due to its sizing. A ductless system can help remedy that – and help your central heating system work more efficiently.
  3. You have old, inefficient baseboard electric heat. Generally speaking, homes with electric heating systems often do not have ductwork. Adding it can be a costly, time-consuming, and messy venture. And, you may not have the space to add ductwork to your home. With ductless heating, you can replace an old baseboard heating system with a new, highly efficient system that takes up no floor space and provides the benefit of air conditioning in the summer – so you can get rid of those bulky, noisy window AC units.

Wait… ductless can keep my home cool in the summer, too?

Yes! As an added benefit of ductless, the process of transferring heat indoors can be reversed in the summer months, keeping you and your family cool when it gets hot outdoors. A ductless system provides heating and air conditioning, all in one compact unit!

And, there are some other benefits you’ll appreciate as well:

  • High efficiency. Ductless systems, according to ENERGY STAR, use an average of 60 percent less energy to operate than standard baseboard electric heat, and up to 30 percent less energy than window or room air conditioners.
  • Quiet operation. Most people who have ductless heating and cooling marvel over how quiet their system is – in fact, most say it’s as quiet as a whisper. Anyone who has had noisy window air conditioning can appreciate that!
  • Remote control. Ductless systems are extremely easy to control using a remote. Some even have an app that you can download, making it easy to control the temperature using your smartphone.

How can I get ductless heating and cooling for my home?

Getting ductless for your home is as easy as giving Family Danz a call. We’ll be glad to talk to you about ductless heating and cooling, and what configuration is the best choice for your home. Just give us a call at (518)427-8685, and we’ll be happy to schedule an appointment with you.

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Maintenance, Repair, or Replacement: What Does Your Furnace Need?

HVAC technician works on a gas furnace Now that winter has arrived and we’ve experienced some colder weather, you might be feeling a little bit concerned about the furnace in your home. Maybe the air quality in your home is not as good as it used to be. Or, maybe you’ve noticed your energy bills are much higher than they should be. Perhaps, you’re simply not as toasty as you’d like to be. No matter what the scenario – if your furnace isn’t keeping you comfortable, there could be a problem.

Of course, the best-case scenario is that your furnace may just need some maintenance or a minor repair. Unfortunately, it may need more extensive repairs, and if that’s the case, you might be wondering if it would make more sense to simply replace it. In this article, we’ll talk about some of the signs your furnace might be showing if it needs maintenance or repair, and we’ll talk about when it may be time to consider a replacement. Keep reading to learn more!

Signs Your Furnace Needs Maintenance

Let’s start off by saying that getting maintenance for your furnace on an annual basis is a good idea. The Department of Energy encourages heating equipment maintenance, indicating that proper maintenance is vital to efficient operation, and can help you save up to 10-25% in energy consumption. So, choosing an annual maintenance plan from a qualified expert is best practice when it comes to your heating system. However, if you haven’t had your system maintained in a while you might notice these signs that you need to call your HVAC contractor:

  • Your home isn’t as comfortable as you’d like. Whether you’ve noticed a decrease in comfort in certain areas or throughout, this is often a result of a poorly maintained system. There could be dirt or debris build-up that needs to be removed or a clogged filter.
  • You’ve noticed a decrease in the quality of air in your home. If you’re seeing particles dancing in the sunbeams, have noticed you need to dust more often, or your family is sniffling when the furnace kicks on, maintenance is very likely in order.
  • Your energy bills have increased. If you’ve noticed a spike in your energy bills for no apparent reason, it is likely that your furnace is having to work harder, and is using more energy to do so. Usually, this is a result of dirty, clogged filters and internal components.

Signs Your Furnace Needs Repair

While dusty air and higher energy bills often signal the need for a furnace tune-up, sometimes there is more going on than a maintenance call can remedy. If you’ve noticed any of the following, there is almost definitely something going on with your furnace, and you should call your HVAC contractor right away:

  • Screeching, banging, or grinding noises
  • Unusual, foul odors that smell like melting plastic or rubber
  • Your furnace keeps cycling on and off
  • Your furnace will not start

Please note, if you notice any smoke coming from your furnace, or if your carbon monoxide alarm goes off, you should leave your home and call your fire department immediately. These are serious issues and you should not wait for repair services in these instances.

When it Might Be Time to Replace

Of course, this is the scenario nobody wants to think about – having to replace their furnace. Heating equipment is a costly investment in your home and with good reason. Not only does it need to be built to last and keep your family comfortable, but it also has to provide safe heating as well. Still, most homeowners like to weigh their options before purchasing a new system.

Factors you should take into consideration include:

  • How old is my furnace? Most furnaces last between 10-20 years, so if yours is getting up there in age, you might want to replace it. It actually can save you money in the long run, because today’s furnaces are much more energy-efficient than their predecessors.
  • How often has my furnace needed repairs? If you’ve got your HVAC contractor on speed dial, and it seems like you’ve had to have frequent repairs made in order to keep it running properly, then it might be time to consider a replacement.
  • How expensive are the repairs? If you’ve needed frequent repairs, the costs definitely begin to add up. And, if your system breaks down and it will need extensive repairs in order to get it back up and running, you will definitely want to weigh the costs of repair versus replacement, especially if your system is older and less efficient.

How can Family Danz help me get the furnace services I need?

At Family Danz, we take great pride in providing you with complete heating services, including furnace maintenance, repair, and replacement. We can give your furnace the check-up it needs to help determine if there is any cause for concern, and we can make sure it receives proper annual maintenance to help it last longer and operate as effectively and efficiently as possible. And, we’ll help you in the event you need repairs or replacement, too. If you have any concerns about your home’s furnace, give us a call today at (518) 427-8685 to find out how we can help meet your furnace needs this winter – no matter what they may be!
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