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Honeydew, Try Something New!

When summer comes, so do the delicious, fresh flavors of the season. Fresh veggies, berries and other fruits grace the local farm stands, and one of the favorite tastes of summer is the melon. Members of the squash family, melons in all varieties are particularly enjoyed during the summer months. Watermelon is almost synonymous with summertime picnics and backyard barbecues, and other varieties like cantaloupe and honeydew are delicious fruit salad additions.

While most of the time we think of summer melons as a sweet treat, they are also the perfect savory side. The next time you grill chicken, pork or fish, why not top it with a flavorful melon salsa? We’re sharing a recipe for honeydew salsa with you courtesy of Bon Appétit Magazine.

Honeydew Salsa

Ingredients

  • 1 1/3 cups peeled and seeded honeydew, finely diced
  • ¼ cup finely chopped fresh cilantro
  • ¼ cup finely diced red onion
  • 2 tbsp. fresh lime juice
  • 2 tbsp. olive oil
  • 2 tsp. finely grated lime peel
  • 1 tsp. seeded Serrano pepper, finely chopped

Directions

  • Combine all ingredients in medium bowl. Toss to blend flavors. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Bon Appétit recommends serving this over grilled chicken breast, but it is also delicious with pork, fish or simply with lime-flavored tortilla chips. A word of caution – Serrano peppers can be hot, so if you prefer a milder salsa, substitute jalapeño.

If the air inside your home is a little bit too spicy, make sure to give Family Danz a call. We can help you get the air conditioning you need for cool comfort all summer long. We’re pleased to provide our customers with the best quality, most efficient air conditioning systems on the market. Call us at 518-427-8685 and we will be more than happy to assist you.

Too Hot? Know the Signs of Heat-Related Illness.

At Family Danz, we offer our customers the air conditioning they need to stay cool, comfortable – and safe. Air conditioning can be important for certain groups of people during the summer months. The elderly, infants and young toddlers, and those with lung disease are especially susceptible to heat-related illness. For those groups, air conditioning in the home can be crucial. Of course, if you’re outside in the heat, you should be aware of the signs and symptoms of heat related illness. According to the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC), the signs of heat related illness are nothing to take lightly.

Here’s what to look for, and what you should do.

Heat Stroke: A person suffering from heat stroke will likely have a high body temperature, and their skin will be hot to the touch. They may complain of headache, dizziness, nausea and confusion. They may pass out. Heat stroke can be fatal and should be treated as a medical emergency. If you or someone else has any of these symptoms, get to a cooler place and call 911 right away. Although it may seem counterintuitive, don’t give the person anything to drink. Cool cloths or a cool bath should be used to help lower the person’s temperature.

Heat Exhaustion: If someone has heat exhaustion, they will likely be sweating profusely. Unlike heat stroke, their skin will feel cold and clammy to the touch. They may be sick to their stomach and may vomit. Muscle cramps, headache and weakness are other symptoms, as is dizziness and possible fainting. A person with heat exhaustion should be moved to a cooler location, and clothing should be loosened or removed. Cool, wet cloths on the body or a cool bath can help. Encourage the person to sip water. Medical help should be sought if the person does not get better or gets worse, or if they are vomiting.

Heat Cramps: Heavy sweating, muscle pain and spasms are all symptoms of heat cramps. If you are experiencing heat cramps, stop physical activity and get to a cool place. Drink water or a sports beverage. Wait for cramping to go away completely before you begin physical activity again. If you have heart conditions, are on a reduced sodium diet or if cramps do not go away, seek medical attention.

If it’s hot and humid outside, use caution and do not overexert yourself. Make sure you wear light-colored, breathable clothing, and take frequent breaks if working outdoors. Drink plenty of water, even if you don’t necessarily feel thirsty. During the hottest hours of the day, the CDC urges people to stay in an air-conditioned area. “Air conditioning is the strongest protective factor against heat-related illness,” they offer. “Exposure to air conditioning for even a few hours a day will reduce the risk for heat-related illness.”

If you need air conditioning in your home, Family Danz can help. We’re pleased to provide our customers with the best quality, most efficient air conditioning systems on the market. Call us at 518-427-8685 and we will be more than happy to assist you.

Are Your Customers Comfortable? If Not, We Can Help.

Keeping your business climate-controlled is important. Not only do your employees work better when they’re not too hot, and not too cold. Additionally, your customers will notice when the temperatures at your business are just right. Have you ever been at a restaurant and suffered at the hands of an icy-cold, blasting AC system? Or, conversely, have you ever tried to shop at a store or boutique and left because it was just too hot, humid and uncomfortable? Then you know how important it is to your business to have the right commercial HVAC installed.

Just like your home, there are many factors that should be taken into account when installing a new air conditioning at your business. Sizing is very important. A system that’s too small for the building will work overtime, and a system that’s too large doesn’t allow for proper dehumidification. And, you’ll want to make sure that you have adequate ductwork in your commercial space, and that it’s properly sealed. If not, you’ll experience cold spots, hot spots and inefficiency.

Depending on the size of your commercial space, zoning may be important. If you occupy just a small storefront or office area, then it will likely not be an issue. But, if you have multiple rooms, floors or areas that function differently (i.e. a kitchen and a dining area), then zoning is crucial. And, you’ll want to consider the floor plan when you install commercial air conditioning. Large windows, skylights, upper levels as opposed to basement levels, types of building materials and more all come into play when it comes to the right air conditioning for your space.

Family Danz can help you with your commercial AC needs.

Fortunately, you don’t have to go it alone when installing commercial air conditioning. Family Danz can help. We are pleased to offer commercial air conditioning installation, maintenance and repair for all sorts of businesses and organizations. Our commercial team is comprised of highly skilled HVAC professionals who have been trained to diagnose and troubleshoot any repair or replacement a commercial system might require. We’ll help you choose the best, most efficient commercial air conditioning products for your business or organization, all within your budget.

Downtime can be costly – that’s why Family Danz works diligently to ensure that your commercial air conditioning service is completed to your complete satisfaction. That way, you can get back to business without missing a beat. We’re pleased to provide our commercial customers with the best quality, most efficient air conditioning systems on the market. If you’d like improved comfort that will keep your customers coming back, call us at 518-427-8685 and we will be more than happy to help.

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.

Make Delicious BBQ Chicken at Home

Once summer arrives, so do chicken barbecues! Nothing quite beats the flavor of chicken grilled over hot coals using a secret marinade. You might be surprised to learn, though, that the marinade is not so secret. In fact, many of the chicken barbecues held over the summer use a time-honored recipe from Cornell University. Dr. Robert C. Baker, a Cornell University poultry and food science professor, developed the recipe in 1946. It became known as “State Fair Chicken.” Here is the recipe for you to enjoy this summer!

Cornell Chicken Marinade

Ingredients

  • 1 cup cooking oil
  • 1 pint apple cider vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons salt
  • 1 tablespoon poultry seasoning
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • 1 egg

Directions

  • Beat egg, add oil, and beat again. Add all other ingredients and stir until all are well incorporated. Marinade can be stored in a glass jar in refrigerator for several weeks.
  • When using this sauce, baste the chicken each time you turn it. You should turn the chicken over hot coals every five to 10 minutes. Chicken should read at least 165ºF on a meat thermometer placed in breast and thigh. As with any other chicken recipe, make sure you handle safely to avoid food-borne illnesses.

As fun as outdoor barbecues can be, nothing is more relaxing than coming in from the heat to an air-conditioned home. If your home isn’t as comfortable as you’d like, call Family Danz. We can help you get the AC you need to stay cool all summer long. Give Family Danz Heating & Cooling a call at (518) 427-8685. We’ll tell you about the different options for air conditioning, and help you find the solution that best suits your needs.

 

Chill Out with Ductless

You have waited for years to build a new addition onto your home, and finally you have. It gives you and your family so much more space. Maybe it serves as a den and a game room, or maybe it provides some quiet office space. You love it – until hot weather moves in and you realize your home’s air conditioning system just can’t keep your addition as cool as you’d like. Unfortunately, your addition isn’t connected to the duct system in your home. You may worry that you don’t have cooling options for your new space. Fortunately, you do!

Ductless air conditioning is a great choice for spaces where adding ductwork is impractical, or impossible. That’s because ductless systems are comprised of a small outdoor unit and one (or more, depending on needs) indoor unit that requires nothing more than mounting capabilities and access to electric. When you choose a Mitsubishi ductless system from Family Danz, we’ll have your system up and running quickly – so you’ll be enjoying cool comfort in your addition in no time!

That’s because ductless systems are generally simple to install.

Depending on the number of indoor and outdoor units you need for your home, we can have your system keeping you cool in as little as one day. The pipes for a ductless system require only a three-inch hole, so there is no rebuilding walls, heavy construction or remodeling required. Plus, because a ductless system takes up so little space, you won’t have to worry about losing valuable square footage in your home, like you would with a traditional ducted system.

There are several other advantages to ductless air conditioning.

Ductless systems offer flexibility. Because many can also be used for heating, your ductless system is great year-round, and a perfect replacement for inefficient window AC units and space heaters. And, ductless systems can help save money on your home comfort costs. They use less power, are energy-efficient, and allow homeowners the flexibility of not cooling (or heating) certain rooms when not in use. What’s more, they offer the filtration you need to keep pollutants such as dust, bacteria, pollen and allergens out of the air in your home.

Any living or working space that is without ductwork is probably a good space for ductless air conditioning. Besides additions, ductless is a great choice for converted attics, finished basements, sunrooms and older homes using radiant heat. Give Family Danz Heating & Cooling a call at (518) 427-8685. We’ll tell you about the different options for ductless cooling and heating, and help you find the solution that best suits your needs.

Air Conditioning Keeps Your Home Cool – And Dry.

Everyone knows that a good air conditioning system can keep your home cool even on the hottest, muggiest days. But did you know that part of the reason your air conditioner works so well at keeping you cool is because it keeps you dry, too? That’s because air conditioning systems remove moisture from the air in your home – and that’s an important component to staying comfortable on hot, humid days.

According to the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers, or ASHRAE, air conditioning helps maintain suitable humidity throughout your home, and helps free the air from excessive moisture during the humid months. In fact, ASHRAE offers that humidity control more than temperature control was the original catalyst for the development of air conditioning. Why is it so important to control humidity in the home? Much of it has to do with your health.

Humid conditions are perfect for the growth of mold and mildew.

Living in a moldy home is not good for anyone, and can be especially problematic for people dealing with lung conditions. People with asthma and allergies can become very ill when exposed to certain types of mold. Not to mention, warm, humid conditions are the ideal breeding ground for many forms of bacteria. As you can imagine, too much dampness in your home can cause the growth of a whole host of unwanted “guests.” Having effective air conditioning can help cut down on the conditions that encourage mold, mildew and bacteria growth.

You should know, in very humid environments a conventional air conditioning system is probably not enough on its own to control humidity. ASHRAE recommends staying at 60 percent relative humidity or lower in your home. If you find moisture is a problem in your home, you may need a dehumidifier in addition to your air conditioning system. If you choose the Bryant Evolution® Variable-Speed air conditioner for your home, there is no need for additional dehumidification. This system not only provides top-of-the-line energy efficiency and comfort control, but also optimal dehumidification.

If your home is more humid than you’d like during the summer months, Family Danz can help. It’s always our goal to make sure you’re cool and comfortable all summer long. To learn more about air conditioning and home dehumidification, give us a call at (518) 427-8685, and one of our friendly associates will get back to you soon.

Bryant Bonus Days are Winding Down – Take Advantage Today!

If you’ve been thinking about replacing the heating and cooling system in your home, there’s no better time than the present. That’s because at Family Danz, we have an incredible offer on the table right now. With our Bryant Bonus heating and cooling system special, you can save some serious money, all while enjoying better comfort and efficiency. From now until the end of June, you can save on quality Bryant equipment.

Here’s how you’ll save:

  • Utility Rebate: $1,610
  • System Rebate: $300
  • Family Danz Discount: $400
  • Humidifier: $600
  • Total Savings: $2,910

Our special offer is for qualifying Bryant systems only, and some restrictions apply. We will be happy to give you the full details. But remember, you need to contact us before this offer goes away on June 30, 2017! To take advantage of this special, simply fill out our convenient contact form and one of our friendly associates will get back to you soon. Or, if you prefer, you may contact us directly by calling (518) 427-8685.

How AC in Your Saratoga, NY Home Can Help

Summertime can mean fun in the sun outdoors, but if you don’t have air conditioning in your home, it can be less than enjoyable. Homes without an AC system are not only hot, but they can get sticky and uncomfortable. Not to mention, the dampness can cause unpleasant odors to stick around, and can encourage the growth of mold and mildew. If your Saratoga, NY home is lacking AC, you might not be as comfortable as you could be. What can air conditioning do to help?

A report from CBS News discussed the pros and cons of air conditioning when it comes to health. From what they found, a properly maintained AC system benefitted people and helped with air quality. For starters, most of the issues blamed on air conditioning actually are a result of neglect. The AC in your Saratoga, NY home, circulates air all day long. That’s one of its main jobs. Not getting your system the repairs it needs, or neglecting maintenance, can lead to trouble.

There are easy ways to ensure the AC in your Saratoga, NY home provides you with full benefits.

Dirty filters cause problems with your indoor air quality. The filter in your AC system does its job by trapping unwanted particles like dirt, pollen, and dander. Filtered air is one of the benefits of AC, however, clogged, dirty filters negate those benefits. You can easily remedy that problem by making sure you change your air filters monthly. Not sure how to do it? Your Family Danz AC technician will be glad to show you how, or do it for you. As a result, you’ll enjoy fresher, cleaner air all summer long.

Another common concern with AC systems is build-up of mold, mildew and bacteria. This can happen inside your air conditioner, mainly from the moisture that collects on the fan blades and coils. Again, with proper maintenance this will not be an issue. Annual preventive maintenance from Family Danz will help keep your air conditioner clean and free of harmful pathogens. Our technicians clean your coils and blades, making sure any mold, mildew and bacteria buildup is removed from your system.

Once the AC in your Saratoga, NY home is properly maintained, you’ll enjoy some impressive benefits.

You may not realize this, but the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention cite air conditioning as hugely important in preventing heat-related illness. The organization encourages people to use their home air conditioning systems readily, especially during times of extreme heat, to avoid heat exhaustion, heat stroke and even death. Family Danz can help you get the AC you need for your Saratoga, NY home. We install systems that are highly efficient and provide the cooling you need to prevent heat-related illness in your home.

As we said earlier, air conditioning can help filter the air. It removes particles like pollen, pet dander and dust – and this can be especially important for people with allergies and asthma. The Mayo Clinic recommends that people with respiratory illnesses use their air conditioning systems, especially during allergy season. Not only will it help remove harmful particles, but it will also lower the indoor humidity, making the air easier to breathe.

Having properly-maintained AC in your Saratoga, NY can provide you with numerous benefits. At Family Danz, we want to help you make the most of your current system by providing you with quality annual maintenance. Or, if you need AC, we can install top-quality systems that are effective and efficient.

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.