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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.

Our Best Offer of the Year

march-sale-offerIf you’ve been thinking about upgrading your home’s heating or air conditioning system, there’s no better time than the present. That’s because right now at Family Danz, you can take advantage of our March Heating & Cooling Sale. You’ll be able to save thousands with our best offer of the year*.

When you upgrade to one of our high efficiency systems this month, you can get it all. But, these savings are only available throughout the month of March, so you have to act now.

When you take advantage of this offer, here’s what you’ll get:

  • $1,875 – Utility Rebate
  • $400 – Family Danz Discount
  • $600 – Humidifier
  • $200 – One Year FREE Maintenance

That adds up to $3,075 in total savings – making for one incredible deal. And, financing is available to qualified buyers**, so getting a new, higher efficiency heating or cooling system is easier than ever. But you have to hurry! Once March ends, so with this amazing deal. To learn more about how you can get into a new system this spring and save money, too, contact us online or call us at 518.427.8685, and we’ll be happy to assist you.

Family Danz Can Help You With Spring Maintenance

Winter seems to have lasted forever, but in just a couple of weeks, spring will arrive. Of course, living in New York we know that just because the calendar says spring is here, doesn’t mean we won’t still be in for some chilly weather. But, it’s still a good idea to start preparing for those warmer days ahead. One of the best ways you can do that is by calling to get your air conditioning maintenance scheduled with us.

At Family Danz, we know that maintaining your home’s air conditioning system is one of the best ways you can be sure it will operate effectively and efficiently. Getting your AC system the regular maintenance it needs not only helps your system run better all summer long; it also helps it last longer, too. Not to mention, you can choose a comprehensive maintenance plan that will keep your system in perfect shape and provide you with additional benefits as well.

By choosing a maintenance plan from Family Danz, you’ll enjoy:

  • Priority scheduling for emergency service
  • 15 percent discount on parts and labor
  • 24-hour emergency service
  • No overtime rates

And did you know, the most common problem with air conditioning units stem from a dirty system? When air filters and coils become clogged, your system will operate much less efficiently, and eventually may have issues that require repair. And, a dirty AC system is the perfect place for mold, bacteria and allergens to collect – causing not only inefficiency, but poor air quality as well. Getting your annual maintenance from Family Danz can help you avoid all of that!

Getting the annual maintenance your system needs is important to the life and efficiency of it. We’ll help you get the maintenance you need to keep your air conditioning system running properly now and for years to come. Scheduling service with us is easy – just give us a call at 518.427.8685, or fill out our online contact form, and we’ll be happy to assist you!