Get Smart In 2020: Five Reasons You Need A Smart Thermostat

Over the past couple of decades, technology has taken us to places we could only ever imagine. Who would have guessed most of us would be carrying around a tiny device that would work as a computer, phone and camera, all the time? Or that we’d be talking to our artificial intelligence friends, Siri and Alexa, on a daily basis? The world of home comfort has also joined the smart home bandwagon, offering smart thermostats that change the way we heat and cool our homes.

Smart thermostats like ecobee and Nest are leading the way in home comfort innovation, as well as specialized smart thermostats that work seamlessly with certain brands of equipment, such as the Bryant Evolution™ Connex™ thermostat. How can a smart thermostat benefit you and your family? Here are five ways you might not have considered.

Five Reasons to Get Smart

  1. More control over your home’s heating and cooling systems. With a smart thermostat, you can precisely control your heating and cooling systems, so that you get optimal comfort in the spaces you occupy the most. And, many smart thermostats “learn” the habits of you and your family, so temperatures can change based on activities, such as at home, away, or sleeping.
  2. Better efficiency. Because you’ll have better control over your home comfort systems, they’ll operate more efficiently. Because these systems “know” when you’re occupying a space, not home, or sleeping, they’ll automatically adjust comfort levels, which will help save energy – and money on your utility bills.
  3. Simple to use. Unlike programmable thermostats of the past, which can be a little complex to program, smart thermostats are, like the name suggests, intuitive and do most of the programming work for you. And because many are easy to access via smart phone, you’ll have access to them at your fingertips.
  4. Control from wherever, whenever. Like we said above, there’s an app for that – your smart thermostat, that is. That means you’ll be able to control your system from your smart phone, laptop or desktop computer, whether you’re home or not. You’ll also be alerted to any issues with your home comfort system, so you can take care of any problems right away, before they become larger, more expensive ones.
  5. Connectivity with other smart devices. Many smart thermostats work with your home’s other smart devices, providing you with easier, more automated living. Some smart thermostats even connect to your virtual home assistant, so you can easily ask your device to turn up the heat or air conditioning, or turn it down.

Where can I find a smart thermostat for my home?

That one’s easy! Just contact Family Danz and we will be more than happy to help you learn more about smart thermostats. What’s more, we’ll help you find the right one for your home, and install it for you too! Simply give us a call at 518.427.8685 and we’ll be happy to assist you.

Click below to download our smart thermostat infographic, and be sure to share with friends!

Five Ways You Can Save Energy This Year

When the winter months arrive, we tend to take notice of how we use energy in our homes a bit more. Keeping your home warm can be expensive, and with a good portion of your utility budget going to heating, you may be looking for ways to decrease your energy use. Fortunately, there are many simple steps you can take that help conserve energy in your home. While they may seem like small steps, they add up – helping you save money this winter, and all year long.

Want better energy efficiency? Here are five things you can do today to start saving!

  1. Unplug It. Not using a small appliance, phone charger, or battery charger? Then unplug it. It might not seem like a huge step to take in energy conservation, but it makes a difference. All of these items continue to sap energy, even when they’re not being used. You might be surprised to learn average homeowners can save 10 percent annually on energy bills, just by taking the time to unplug items when not in use.
  2. Go LED. Choosing efficient LED bulbs over incandescent bulbs not only helps you conserve energy (incidentally, LEDs use up to 75 percent less). It also helps you save on the cost of lightbulb replacement in the long run, because LED bulbs last much longer than incandescents – up to 50 times longer! When you consider the average home has 40+ fixtures, making the switch will definitely pay for itself in the long run.
  3. Mind the Gaps. Do you have drafts around your doors and windows? These small gaps let the heated air outside – and lets the cold air in, making your heating system have to work harder to keep your home toasty. Sealing the gaps is a fairly simple, inexpensive DIY fix, and can save energy – and save unnecessary wear and tear on your equipment, because it doesn’t have to work as hard to keep your home comfortable.
  4. Turn it Down. Your thermostat, that is. If you remember to turn it down just a couple of degrees when you aren’t home, it can help you save energy. And, dropping it by 10 degrees (for instance, from 72ºF to 62ºF can save up to 15 percent every year. To make it even easier, consider installing a programmable thermostat that you can set to run at different temperatures throughout the day, or investing in a smart thermostat that “learns” your family’s habits!
  5. Tune it Up. Yes, you’ve heard us say it before, but we’ll say it again – making sure you get your annual heating system maintenance is one of the most important ways you can save energy. Yearly tune-ups help your equipment stay efficient, and can keep your system from breaking down before its time – saving you on expensive repair or replacement costs.

Family Danz can help you keep your home comfort equipment at its efficient best.

At Family Danz, your comfort is always our top priority, and having a more efficient home is part of that. We can help make sure your heating and air conditioning system is running at its most effective, efficient best by providing you with all the services you need to stay comfortable all year long. Just give us a call at 518.427.8685, and we will be more than happy to chat with you about home efficiency and the different ways we can help.

Check out the infographic below, and feel free to share with friends and family!


Try This Recipe at Your Thanksgiving Dinner Table This Year

Everyone knows about the jelly-like glob of cranberry sauce that always graces the Thanksgiving table every year. Why not change it up this holiday season, and try our favorite tart berry – with a spicy new twist? Cranberry chutney combines all of fall’s favorite flavors, and gives you a chance to break out of the canned cranberry sauce mold. We found this recipe on – if you try it, let us know if you liked it!

Cranberry Chutney


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


In a medium saucepan, combine water and sugar and bring mixture to a boil over medium heat. Add cranberries, apples, cider vinegar, raisins and spices. Bring to a boil, and then simmer gently for 10 minutes, stirring frequently.

Pour into mixing bowl, and place plastic wrap directly on the sauce’s surface. Cool to room temperature and serve, or cover and refrigerate. Bring chutney to room temperature before serving.

And, you can make sure your home is ready for the holidays with Family Danz.

Of course, your guests’ comfort is always a top priority for you. And your comfort is always a top priority for us! Make sure your heating system is ready for the holiday season ahead by trusting your maintenance and repair needs to Family Danz. Simply call us at 518.427.8685 or contact us online and we will be happy to help.

Seven Steps for Setting a Casual Thanksgiving Table

Whether you’re inviting over your closest friends for Friendsgiving this year, or want to create an inviting, yet chaos-free table for your family Thanksgiving, keeping it simple is best for stress-free festivities. We’re offering seven steps for creating easy but elegant place settings courtesy of Grateful, as well as providing a few tips on how you can keep it easy but still create a beautiful space for your holiday meal.

Seven Steps to Create a Perfect Place Setting

  1. At each place at the table, center your charger and place the dinner plate on top.
  2. Place the dinner fork to the left of the charger.
  3. Place the napkin to the left of the dinner fork.
  4. To the right of the charger, place the knife first by the plate, and then the soup spoon.
  5. At the top of the charger, place the dessert fork, and then the dessert spoon.
  6. Place the water glass directly above the knife and soup spoon.
  7. Place the wine or juice glass just below the water glass, a bit to the left.

Decorate your table with pops of color.

Is your tableware a solid color? Then you can easily decorate with bursts of fall color here and there. Choose a brightly colored table runner and a bold centerpiece, and color-coordinate your napkins around it. You can go au naturel with your setting, choosing leaves, gourds, pinecones and twigs. Or go bold with taper candles surrounded by baubles in shades of red, orange and yellow, or a modern floral display. Make it your own!

And, you can make sure your home is ready for the holidays with Family Danz.


Of course, your guests’ comfort is always a top priority for you. And your comfort is always a top priority for us! Make sure your heating system is ready for the holiday season ahead by trusting your maintenance and repair needs to Family Danz. Simply call us at 518.427.8685 or contact us online and we will be happy to help.

Get the Heating Repair You Need from Family Danz

It’s not something anyone wants to think about, but it happens to the best of us – we wake up to a chilly house, only to find our heating system has broken down. If this happens to you, you need to know you can call someone who is reliable, professional and can help with your emergency and get you the heating repair you need as quickly as possible. At Family Danz, we make it our priority to help you.

We’ve offered our heating services for more than 30 years, and we’re dedicated to getting you the quality repair you need, all while providing you with the best possible service. That’s because at Family Danz, we truly believe in treating our customers like family. We want to make sure you’re comfortable and safe, and that even inconveniences like a furnace or boiler breakdown are as worry-free as possible for you.

How can Family Danz help if I’m having a heating emergency?

When you call us, you’ll notice right away that we’re different from the rest. We really do want to help you, and your comfort is very important to us. Our technicians are factory-certified, and they will completely evaluate your heating system repair needs in order to get your home as comfortable and energy efficient as possible. They’ll arrive at your home promptly and can address any concerns you might have. They’ll bring with them the most advanced diagnostic tools and equipment, so you can trust that they’ll get to the root of the problem quickly – and have your heating system back up and running in no time.

Not to mention, if you have a service agreement with us, we’re happy to provide you with priority scheduling for your emergency. And, you’ll get a 15 percent discount on parts and labor and won’t have to pay overtime rates. A service agreement also ensures annual maintenance on your heating and air conditioning equipment – which can keep breakdowns from happening in the first place!

What’s the best way to contact Family Danz if I need help?

If you need emergency service, give us a call at 518.427.8685 or contact us online and we will be happy to help. However, your safety is of utmost importance to us, so if you notice any of the following, please leave your home immediately and contact your utility company and/or your local fire department before giving us a call:

  • Overpowering fuel odor
  • Smoke coming from equipment
  • Flames coming from equipment
  • Smoke detector sounding
  • Carbon monoxide detector sounding

Please be safe and use caution if you’re faced with equipment that isn’t working properly. Any equipment that relies on a fuel or electric source can become dangerous if it is malfunctioning.

Need a New Furnace? Consider Bryant® High Efficiency.

With the cold weather returning, many people are turning on their heating systems – and dreading the energy bills that come along with it. Older furnaces, especially those that haven’t been well-maintained over the years, definitely can be a huge energy-sucker in your home. If your furnace is more than 10 years old, it may be time to consider a replacement.

Of course, purchasing a new furnace for your home can be a hefty expense. Many people don’t consider that furnaces, just like vehicles, are complex equipment. They’re built to not only provide you and your family with comfort, but also safety. That’s why it’s so important to choose quality equipment, like Bryant, and to make sure you hire a trusted contractor to install your furnace.

Why choose high efficiency heating?

According to the Department of Energy (DOE),“upgrading to a high efficiency furnace or boiler is an effective way to save money on home heating.” They suggest that when you look for high efficiency heating equipment, check for the ENERGY STAR® label. They also advise that if you live in a cold climate area, it usually makes sense for you to invest in the highest efficiency equipment possible. Additionally, they say it’s important that you get annual maintenance for your heating system – that way, you can help ensure that it runs both effectively and efficiently for years to come.

Bryant offers high-efficiency heating systems that are both effective and save on energy.

When you choose a Bryant Evolution® model furnace, you can get up to 98 percent efficiency. That means that there is only a two-percent energy loss, and the rest goes to heating your home. Evolution offers quiet, smooth whole-home comfort. Additionally, Bryant offers their Preferred™ series, which can provide up to 96.5 percent efficiency, as well as their Legacy™ line, which offers up to 95 percent efficiency. All are built to be durable, reliable, and to provide you with the best in home comfort now and for years to come.

Family Danz can help you get the high-efficiency heating you need for your home.

Family Danz is a full-service HVAC company, and as such, we’re pleased to offer our customers a wide range of heating products and services tailored to meet your needs promptly, efficiently and courteously. If you’d like to talk to us about high-efficiency heating for your home, simply give us a call at 518.427.8685, and we will be more than happy to assist you.

Tired of Waiting in Line for Your Pumpkin Spice Latte This Fall? Try This Easy DIY Recipe!

Everywhere you go during the fall, you can’t escape from pumpkin spice. Whether it’s in your favorite baked goods, coffee treat, or even air freshener, the world is filled with the scent of cinnamon, nutmeg and everyone’s favorite fall gourd. But you might not always have time to stop into your favorite coffee shop to pick up your favorite autumn coffee, so we’re sharing a great recipe you can make right at home.

This pumpkin spice latte recipe comes to us courtesy of the Food Network, and is super easy to make – and even easier to enjoy. Give it a try and let us know if you enjoy it!

Pumpkin Spice Latte


  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 tbsp. pure pumpkin puree
  • 1 tbsp. sugar
  • ¼ tsp. pumpkin pie spice, plus more for sprinkling
  • ¼ tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • ¼ cup hot espresso or strong brewed coffee
  • Sweetened whipped cream


Combine the milk, pumpkin puree, sugar, pumpkin pie spice and vanilla in a medium microwave-safe bowl. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and vent with a small hole. Microwave until the milk is hot, 1 to 2 minutes. Whisk vigorously until the milk mixture is foamy, around 30 seconds. Pour the espresso into a large mug and add the foamed milk. Top with whipped cream and a sprinkle of pumpkin pie spice.

Enjoy your latte in the comfort of a warm, cozy home when you rely on Family Danz.

At Family Danz, we’re all about helping you stay comfortable, no matter what the weather outside is like. Trust us with your fall heating needs, whether you need furnace maintenance or repair, or oil delivered to your home, we’re here to help. Just give us a call at 518.427.8685 and let us know how we can assist you!

The 5 Essentials You Need to Decorate Your Home This Fall

Autumn is the most colorful time of the year, and most people enjoy getting their homes ready for the fall season by adding a decorative flair to their outdoor areas. We’re outlining the five essential items you need for fall decorating, as well as providing you with a few tips on how you can make the most of them.

Here are the items you need to create a beautiful outdoor display this autumn:

  • Pumpkins: What would fall decorating be without pumpkins? You don’t need to turn them into jack-o-lanterns for them to leave an impression on your porch, either. Choose a variety of shapes, sizes and colors to create an eye-pleasing arrangement. Incorporate a few gourds and a white pumpkin or two for even more visual pop.
  • Fall Foliage: Most of us know, leaves are not in short supply this time of year. While doing your raking, look for leaves that are in good shape and in a variety of colors. Rub them with a little bit of hand lotion to help preserve them and enhance their color and shine. Then use them to create a beautiful wreath, or simply place them in a wooden or wicker bowl and set them on an outdoor table.
  • Mums: Mums are always a fall favorite when it comes to flowers. They’re available in numerous colors and even sizes, so you can enjoy a variety. Not to mention, they’re hearty, so you should be able to enjoy them all throughout fall. Consider carving out a pumpkin and using it as a planter for one of your mums for an eye-catching display.
  • Corn Stalks: Corn stalks at the front door provide a lovely fall welcome to visitors at your home. You can also place corn stalks in a window box with a few gourds and some foliage for a pretty autumnal arrangement once your summer flowers fade.
  • Autumnal Garland: You can find many fall decorating pieces, like fall-themed garlands, at just about any retail location this time of year. Or you can opt to make one yourself using dried corn, fall foliage and more. Display a garland draped over your door, wrapped around porch posts or a lamp post, or along a fence.

And, stay cozy inside your home with Family Danz.

Family Danz wants you to love your home, inside and out. Trust us with your fall heating needs, whether you need furnace maintenance or repair, or oil delivered to your home, we’re here to help. Just give us a call at 518.427.8685 and let us know how we can assist you!

Have You Scheduled Your Fall Tune-Up? 5 Reasons Why You Should.

You rely on your heating system to help you stay comfortable once the chilly weather hits. That’s why yearly maintenance on your furnace, boiler or heat pump system is so important.

With annual fall maintenance, you can keep your heating system running smoothly all winter long – and save yourself from the hassle of a breakdown. We’re sharing five reasons why you should call and schedule your fall heating maintenance appointment below.

Top 5 Reasons to Consider Maintenance for Your Home Heating System

  1. Heating maintenance helps keep your system running efficiently. A dirty system has to work much harder to operate properly. When you get annual maintenance, your system will be cleaned and its components well-oiled – making it operate more easily, and thus more efficiently.
  2. A well-maintained furnace, boiler or heat pump lasts longer. Think about it – if you never maintained your vehicle, you wouldn’t expect it to last very long. Your heating equipment is the same. It needs cleaning, maintenance, and even small repairs in order to stay in good working condition.
  3. You’ll be less likely to experience a breakdown come winter. Getting seasonal maintenance can help find small problems before they become larger ones. You’ll be able to take care of the problem before it really starts – and becomes an expensive repair or replacement.
  4. Your indoor air quality will be better. Because your system is cleaned and the filter is changed, you can expect that the air circulating through your system and throughout your home will be much cleaner and less likely to be dirty or dusty.
  5. You’ll maintain your manufacturer warranty. If you read the fine print on your manufacturer warranty for your heating equipment, you’ll likely find that preventive maintenance is required in order to keep your warranty intact. And this is important, because it can prevent you from having to pay expensive repair or replacement costs.

Getting the preventive maintenance you need is as easy as calling Family Danz.

At Family Danz, we’re always ready to help our customers’ heating systems run their most efficient best. We’re here to help you get the fall maintenance you need. Just give us a call at 518.427.8685 and we’ll schedule an appointment for you.

Fuel Up This Fall with Family Danz

You trust Family Danz to meet your home comfort needs, such as heating system installation, maintenance and repair. But did you know that we can also provide for your fuel oil needs as well? We deliver our customers only premium grade fuel oil at the lowest possible price. You can count on us for the fuel you need to keep your heating system running at top performance.

That’s because our fuel oil contains special detergents that keep your system running clean, and at its efficient best. These heating fuel additives may help reduce service calls, extend the life of your equipment, help you save money, and are less harmful to the environment. That means you can be comfortable in your home, all while feeling better about the fuel you use.

And, at Family Danz we can provide fuel commercially, too.

Do you need fuel commercially as well? In addition to delivering fuel oil, kerosene and Bioheat to homes, we’re also pleased to supply on-road and off-road diesel to farms, construction companies, excavators and many other commercial accounts. At Family Danz, we’re so confident we can provide fuel oil at the lowest available price that we publish it daily on our website.

We also offer convenient payment plans to help meet your needs.

When you choose Family Danz for your heating fuel needs, you can schedule automatic deliveries at no charge. Discounted budget and prepayment plans are available with automatic deliveries. Or, if you’d just rather call us when you need fuel oil delivery, please contact our office when you tank gauge is between half and a quarter full, in order to allow ample time for scheduling delivery. Simply reach out to us at 518.427.8685 and we’ll be happy to help.