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Heating Your Schenectady Home Is Easy With Family Danz

There are many different types of heating systems available for today’s homeowners, and it can be difficult to know what the right type of equipment is for your home and lifestyle. At Family Danz, we’re proud to offer our Schenectady customers a number of different options when it comes to home heating. We’re experts in the home comfort field, and we can help you choose the heating system that’s perfect for your home and needs.

We offer some of the best equipment available on the market today, so when it comes time for you to replace your old system, you’ll know your new equipment has been built to be effective, efficient, durable and safe. No matter what type of equipment is best suited for your home, Family Danz’s expert technicians will install it to perfection, so you can count on improved home comfort in your Schenectady home from the moment it’s installed and for years to come.

Family Danz offers many types of heating equipment to residents throughout Schenectady.

When you trust us with the heating needs of your Schenectady home, one of our comfort specialists will visit you to find our the type of equipment best suited to your needs. From there, we’ll provide you with expert installation, and of course, service after the sale. Learn more about the various types of equipment we can install for you below:

  • Gas Furnaces: We offer premium gas furnaces that are made to be effective and efficient, providing you and your family with the home comfort you need, no matter how chilly the weather might get outside. The gas furnaces we offer are among the most efficient available, so you’ll save on your energy bills, too.
  • Oil Furnaces: Family Danz is pleased to offer high quality oil furnaces throughout the Schenectady area. We’ll provide you with an oil furnace that effectively heats your home – all while keeping energy efficiency in mind. Not to mention, we proudly provide premium grade home heating oil. You’ll stay warm all winter with us!
  • Ductless Heating: Whether you have radiant or baseboard heat, or just need heating for a room in your home like an addition, converted attic or garage, or finished basement, ductless heating is a great option. Ductless heating is made to work without the need for ductwork – saving you from messy remodeling and downtime.
  • Boiler Systems: For the best boiler systems available, you can count on Family Danz to provide quality equipment and installation. We offer boiler systems that are both efficient and deliver clean, comfortable heating throughout your home, no matter how cold the weather might get in Schenectady.
  • Heat Pumps: With advanced technologies that make them much more colder-climate-friendly, many people are choosing to install heat pump systems. When you count on us to provide a heat pump for your Schenectady home, you’ll enjoy incredible energy efficiency, premium equipment, and expert workmanship.

When you need to replace your Schenectady home’s heating system, Family Danz can help. We’ll be happy to explain your options for you, and find you the heating system you need to best suit your home and lifestyle. Simply call us at (518) 427-8685, and we will be more than happy to help.

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

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

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

How can Family Danz help me heat my Albany home?

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

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

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

Ready to Cook Out? Try this Tasty Spiedi Recipe!

Originating in the Southern Tier in New York in the 1930s, spiedies have become a summertime favorite. Tasty and simple, this marinated meat can go from grill to plate in as little as 10 minutes, making it a perfect dish for after work, a busy weekend or really, any time! We found this recipe on the Taste of Home website, and hope you enjoy it as much as we do!

Spiedies

Ingredients

  • 1 cup cooking oil
  • 2/3 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
  • ½ onion, finely chopped
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • ½ tsp. sugar
  • ½ tsp. dried basil
  • ½ tsp. dried marjoram
  • ½ tsp. dried rosemary, crushed
  • 2 ½ pounds meat of choice (such as beef, chicken, lamb or pork)
  • Buns or rolls of choice

Directions

  1. Combine all ingredients but meat in a large glass or plastic bowl. Add meat, toss to coat, cover and marinate 24 hours, stirring occasionally.
  2. Remove meat from marinade; discard any remaining marinade. Thread meat onto skewers (tip – soak wood skewers in water so they don’t burn as easily.) Grill over medium heat, covered, until meat is done, usually 10-15 minutes. Remove meat from skewers and serve on buns or rolls if desired. If you’re carb-conscious, the meat is also great served on a tossed salad.

Are You Ready for the Summer? 7 Things You Can Do to Prepare.

May is in full swing, and even though spring has been a bit rainy and chilly this year, summer will be here before we know it. Is your home ready for the warmer weather ahead? Now is the time to make sure you have everything in order before the lazy, hazy days of summer arrive.

Here are seven things you can do right now to make sure you’re prepared.

  1. Spring-clean your windows. Clean your windows inside and out, and while you’re at it, make sure you inspect your windows and screens for any wear and tear they may have endured over the winter months. Check your window seals and weather stripping to make sure there aren’t any gaps or damage. Be sure to clean your screens, too. Just a mild detergent and mist from the hose will do – harsh chemicals and pressure washing can damage them.
  2. Get your mower running. Check your lawn equipment, making sure it’s clean and in good working order. Giving your mowers and trimmers a good tune-up in the spring will make your yard maintenance much easier once the warmer weather arrives. If you’re not sure how to maintain your equipment, don’t hesitate to call a professional – taking care of your equipment properly will save you money in the long run.
  3. Perform a quick home inspection. Look for cracked or missing shingles, rusted flashing, or any issues with pipes or your chimney. Check your home’s exterior for any dirt, mold growth or peeling paint. A word of caution – climbing up on your roof can be dangerous, so if you notice any issues from the ground, you may want to call in a professional to take a closer look.
  4. Clean gutters. Damaged or clogged gutters and downspouts can cause water damage if they’re not properly maintained. Again, when you do this you should proceed with caution or hire a pro to do it for you. If you do it yourself, make sure you have a helper, the right tools to get the job done, and that your ladder is sturdy and safe.
  5. Give your attic a look-see. A lot can happen in your attic over the winter months. Animals may have taken up residence there during the cold winter months. Squirrels, bats and mice often nest in homes during the winter, and that means they leave behind debris and droppings that can cause issues. Make sure to wear a mask and gloves if you find yourself cleaning up after critters. Look around for possible areas where animals may have gained entry, and seal them off. Also make sure there are no wet areas – that can indicate a leak in your roof – or any obstructions to vent pipes. Finally, check your insulation. If it seems like it has compacted, consider adding more – it helps keep your home comfortable and more energy efficient.
  6. Check out your yardscape. Is everything you need for summer relaxation in great shape? Check out your outdoor furniture for any damage, rust, cracking or splintering. Give it a thorough cleaning. Keep the kids safe, too – check outdoor toys, sandboxes, and playground equipment for any wear and tear. Next, be ready to barbecue by getting your grill clean. Make sure the grill’s gas hoses are all in good working order, and refresh your propane tank if needed.
  7. Call Family Danz! We can help you make sure your home is ready for summer by inspecting your air conditioning system and your outdoor plumbing. We’ll provide you with the preventive maintenance you need for your cooling system, so you can count on it running smoothly and efficiently all summer long. If you notice your outdoor hoses and spigots have a slow flow or trickle, there could be some problems with your pipes – don’t forget we offer complete plumbing services, too!

Need air conditioning and plumbing maintenance in order to get your home summer-ready? Family Danz is ready to help. Just give us a call at 518.427.8685 and we will be more than happy to schedule an appointment with you.

Enjoy Efficient, Year-Round Comfort with A Bryant® Heat Pump

Have you been considering getting a new heating and cooling system for your home? You can install one system that can help you stay comfortable year-round. Bryant® heat pump systems from Family Danz can keep you cool in the summer and warm in the winter. And, they may also help you save on your utility bills. That’s because heat pumps offer incredible energy efficiency, all while bringing you the home comfort you need in one package.

Heat pumps work by transferring heat rather than generating it, which means they provide amazing comfort without burning fuel. Our Bryant heating and cooling systems use the latest in heat pump technology. Heat pumps provide incredible energy efficiency compared to a traditional furnace and air conditioning system. What’s more, you’ll save year round on your energy bills. Not to mention, when you install before the end of June 2019, you could save thousands.

But do heat pump systems work in colder climates?

Heat pumps have been used to cool and heat homes in warmer areas for quite some time. But, they weren’t as well equipped for cooler areas. However, advancements in heat pump technology have allowed manufacturers to develop heat pumps that are better suited to operate effectively and efficiently in colder areas, like New York. Bryant heat pump systems efficiently heat and cool your home, and are available in three models to best suit your home comfort needs:

  • Evolution®: This series offers the highest quality efficiency and performance available from Bryant. Recognized as the Most Efficient of ENERGY STAR® 2019, the Evolution Extreme provides incredible comfort year-round coupled with total control.
  • Preferred™: The Preferred series offers all-season flexibility so you can enjoy total home comfort, no matter what the weather. You’ll also enjoy heating and cooling energy savings year-round when you choose to install this model in your home.
  • Legacy™: If you’re looking for an affordable heat pump solution to your whole home, year-round comfort needs, look no further than the Bryant Legacy line. They operate efficiently both in the summer and winter, providing you with value heating and cooling year after year.

And, getting the right heat pump for your home and budget is as easy as calling Family Danz. We can help you get the best system for you and your family, helping you enjoy year-round comfort in one highly efficient package. Contact us at 518.427.8685, and we will be more than happy to discuss heat pump options with you.

May Is The Month For Amazing Savings

Have you been thinking about getting a new cooling or heating system, but haven’t been sure that it’s the right time? You should know, right now you can save thousands when you choose a new, high-efficiency system from Family Danz. We’ll install a premium system in your home that will not only help you and your family enjoy better comfort, but will also help you save money on your utility bills.

You can save up to $2,975 right now. Here’s how we do it:

  • $1,475 in Utility Rebates
  • $600 in System Rebates
  • $400 Family Danz Dealer Discount
  • $500 Value – Home Humidification System

            $2,975 TOTAL SAVINGS

Not to mention, qualified buyers will get 12 months of interest-free financing with approved credit. But you have to act soon – this offer will expire on 6/30/19. So contact Family Danz today at 518.427.8685 and we will be more than happy to help you take advantage of this limited-time offer.

How to Know If You Need AC Repair for Your Schenectady Home

The summer months are right around the corner, and that means before you know it, you’ll be relying on the air conditioning in your Schenectady home to keep you cool and comfortable. But maybe last summer you found that your air conditioning system didn’t keep you as cool as you would have liked. Or, maybe you were faced with an astronomical expense every time the utility bill arrived. If your current air conditioning system is performing as well as it should, it’s probably time to have it thoroughly checked by an expert like Family Danz.

At Family Danz, we make it our priority to ensure that your home comfort system is in the best possible working order. We provide you with services like air conditioning maintenance to keep the AC in your Schenectady home running properly year after year. And, we offer comprehensive maintenance plans, so you’ll know you’re getting the best air conditioning services – and you’ll receive top priority should your system fail and you find yourself in need of repairs.

But, how do you know if you need AC repair for your Schenectady home?

Sometimes, it can be tricky to know when your air conditioning system might need a repair, because the signs aren’t always obvious. But, there are a few telltale signs that you should be looking for if you think the cooling system in your Schenectady home isn’t operating properly.

  • Age of Equipment: The older your air conditioning system is, the more likely it will start to need repairs. While there are many factors that come into play when it comes to the longevity of a unit (regular maintenance, quality of equipment, etc.), systems that are 10 years older or more are more likely to experience some sort of breakdown.
  • History of Repairs: If you’ve noticed that in recent years, your system seems to need repairs often, you probably should take note when your AC seems “off.” Aging equipment is just more likely to need repairs than newer equipment, especially if you tend to run your air conditioner a lot. You should note, however, that if your repair bills seem to be steadily increasing, it may be more cost effective to replace.
  • Energy Bills: Energy bills that are on the rise – while you’re seeing no improvement in home comfort – could be an indicator that something is amiss with your system. If this is a problem and you haven’t already, check your filter first. If it’s dirty, there’s a good chance that seemingly small factor could be causing your AC to use more energy than necessary. Not sure how to check it? Family Danz will be happy to help.
  • Unusual Noises: If the AC in your Schenectady home is making any noises out of the ordinary, this is likely a sign that some sort of repair is required. If you hear squealing or grinding when you turn on your unit, you should turn it off and call in a repair professional as soon as possible.
  • System Failure: Obviously, if your cooling system is not turning on, there is likely an issue that needs to be addressed quickly. Check your thermostat first, and if that seems like it’s in good working order, call in the professionals.

No matter what AC service you need for your Schenectady home, Family Danz can help.

Regardless of your need, you’ll be able to keep your Schenectady home cool and comfortable all summer long when you choose Family Danz. Aside from air conditioning repair services, we also proudly offer AC installation and maintenance as well. We’re ready to assist you with any cooling need you may have – simply call us at 518.427.8685 and we’ll be glad to help.

Keeping Your Albany Home Cool All Summer Long

Is your Albany home not as cool as you’d like it to be during the summer months? Maybe you have an older air conditioning system that isn’t as effective as it used to be. Or maybe you have radiant heat, and aren’t sure that you can install air conditioning easily in your home. When you’re thinking about how you can keep your home – and your family – cool and comfortable this summer, keep Family Danz in mind. We’re experts when it comes to the best AC for your home, and we’re always ready to help you keep cool.

Why choose Family Danz to help you get the air conditioning you need for your Albany home? For starters, we have the experience you need to ensure the very best cooling installation. Since 1976, we’ve been helping people with their home comfort needs – and we treat our customers like family. Not to mention, we have an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau, and we always strive to ensure our customers are 100 percent satisfied. We are a Bryant® Factory Authorized Dealer, and that means you get the very best cooling available.

Albany residents can rely on Family Danz for premium air conditioning products and services

If the air conditioning system in your Albany home isn’t performing as well as you’d like, you might need to consider replacing it. Here are a few common indicators that it’s time to replace your system:

  • Your air conditioning system is 10 years older or more.
  • You’ve had to make frequent, costly repairs to your system.
  • You’re paying higher utility bills, but not enjoying better comfort.
  • You’ve extensively remodeled or built additions to your home.

If you’re experiencing any of these concerns, you should give Family Danz a call. We can thoroughly inspect your system, see if it’s still performing well, show you your options, and help you decide the best next step.

Family Danz can help you get the right AC system for your Albany home

When you work with us, we can help you choose the right size, type and configuration of air conditioning system for your Albany residence. We’re pleased to offer:

  • New Air Conditioning Installation: We’ll provide you with highly efficient central air conditioning that ensures the comfort of your family. We install systems that are high quality, durable and built to last – all while maintaining a level of efficiency that will help you save on your utility bills.
  • Ductless Air Conditioning: Is there a room in your Albany home that you’d love to be more climate-controlled, but you’re worried about having to install additional ductwork? Where ductwork is impractical or even impossible, ductless air conditioning systems are a great option.

You’ll be able to keep your Albany home cool and comfortable all summer long when you choose Family Danz. Aside from new air conditioning products and installation, we also proudly offer AC repair and maintenance as well. We’re ready to assist you with any cooling need you may have – simply call us at 518.427.8685 and we’ll be glad to help.

Health Up Your St. Patrick’s Day With Our Shamrock Shake Recipe

When you’re working on a healthier lifestyle, sometimes it means you have to give up some favorites. Many people look forward to the Golden Arches’ St. Patrick’s Day staple, the Shamrock Shake. However, those minty little treats are loaded with ingredients that aren’t exactly the best for us, not to mention nearly 900 calories per 22-ounce cup!

The recipe we’re sharing comes in at 1/3 of the calories and is full of healthy ingredients that are actually good for you! It’s easy to whip up in your bullet style blender, and satisfies paleo, vegan and keto diets alike. This recipe makes two servings, so you can share with a friend! We hope you enjoy!

Healthier Shamrock Shake

Ingredients

  • 1 cup full fat coconut milk
  • 1 medium avocado
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • ¼ to ½ tsp. mint extract
  • Pinch of salt
  • Sweetener (like erythritol or stevia) to taste
  • 1 cup ice
  • Water (if needed)
  • Mint leaves (a few, if desired)

Instructions

  • Add coconut milk, avocado, vanilla extract, mint extract, salt, sweetener and mint leaves to a blender. Blend until creamy and smooth.
  • Add in ice, blend until thick and creamy, adding a little water if needed.
  • Serve with homemade whipped cream if desired.

“Spring” Into Home Maintenance

The harsh winters we experience here in the Capital District can often wreak havoc with our homes. That’s why it’s always a good idea to take stock in your home’s exterior, especially after a particularly snowy winter. When the snow melts, you might notice some things you didn’t necessarily see during the long winter months – and get them repaired before summer arrives!

Here are a few things to look out for when checking out your home:

  • Window Screens: Windy, stormy winters, ice buildup and more can cause damage to your home’s window screens. In order for them to do their job of keeping bugs out, they need to be in good shape. So replace any torn or damaged window screens before it’s time to let the fresh air in.
  • Roof Shingles: We recommend that you leave roof inspection to the experts. It can be dangerous if you haven’t had the proper training! Hire a roofing professional to check out your home’s shingles and make sure they’re not curling. Shingles that are can make your roof more susceptible to leaks, so getting them replaced as soon as possible is good practice.
  • Siding & Trim: Icy conditions can cause damage to your home’s siding and trim. Look at any wooden components of your home’s exterior in case there is any wood rot, cracking or other concerns (like termites). For brick or stucco homes, check for any crumbling, cracking or deteriorated mortar. If you see any issues, contact a professional to help with repair or replacement.
  • Gutters & Spouts: During the fall and winter months, leaves, pine needles and other debris can collect in your home’s gutters. Get them ready for spring rains by cleaning them out – again, due to safety concerns, we recommend hiring a pro to help.

Make sure you maintain your AC equipment this spring, too.

Of course, there is plenty you can do around the outside of your home in anticipation of the warmer weather, such as cleaning up any leaves, debris and waste from your lawn, and if you have flower beds, starting to prepare them for blooming and planting. And, you should give Family Danz a call for your AC maintenance needs, too. We’ll be more than happy to get your spring maintenance scheduled, so you’ll be all set for warmer days ahead.