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Preparing for Winter? Heating Maintenance is an Important Step!

The chilly, rainy days we’ve been experiencing this fall will turn to the white stuff soon enough, and that means it’ll also be time for your furnace to start working overtime. Probably, you’ve already fired up your home’s heating system, and there will undoubtedly be more to come. Have you had your heating system maintained yet this year? If not, you should.

When you get annual maintenance for your furnace, you’ll be doing yourself a favor. Maintenance not only helps your heating system operate more effectively and enjoy a longer life, there are other benefits you might not be aware of.

Heating system maintenance helps with:

Maintaining your system warranty. Too often, homeowners don’t realize that a part of their equipment warranty states that annual maintenance is required in order for the warranty to stay in effect. For you as a homeowner, that’s important. It means if you don’t get the maintenance outlined, the warranty may become void, and you’ll have to cover expenses.

Maintaining better indoor air quality. It just stands to reason that when air is being circulated through a dirty system, and being forced through a dirty filter, those particles are going to enter into the air you and your family breathe. Not to mention, the dust, dirt and buildup make it that much harder for your heating system to work. Getting the maintenance you need keeps your system running smoothly – and the air you breathe contaminant-free.

Keeping your system efficient. Without heating maintenance, it’s simple – your system will have to work harder, and that will make your utility bills go up. The dirt and buildup in a poorly maintained system keep it from running effectively and efficiently. But, by getting proper maintenance you’ll know you have a clean filter and a cleaned and lubricated system – allowing your system to function at its efficient best.

At Family Danz, we’re pleased to provide you with the maintenance you need.

When you purchase one of our maintenance plans, you’ll not only get the seasonal tune-up your system needs for optimal operation. You’ll also receive these benefits as well:

  • Priority Scheduling for Emergency Services
  • 15 Percent Discount on Parts and Labor
  • 24-Hour Emergency Service
  • No Overtime Rates

Getting the furnace maintenance you need is important, but it’s also as easy as calling Family Danz. Simply contact us at 518.427.8685 and we will be more than happy to assist you.

Save with Our Bryant® Bonus Special

Have you been thinking about installing a new heating system in your home before the cooler weather arrives? There’s no time like the present – right now, Family Danz is offering our Bryant Bonus Heating & Cooling System Special. You can count on us for the best products and installation available, and you can save some significant money in the process.

When you take advantage of our Bryant Bonus Heating & Cooling System Special, you’ll be eligible to save up to $2,975. Here’s how:

  • $1475 Utility Rebates
  • $600 System Rebate
  • $400 Family Danz Dealer Discount
  • FREE Humidifier ($500 Value)

To take advantage of this special, simply fill out our convenient contact form by clicking here. One of our friendly associates will get back to you soon. This offer is almost over – it will only last until November 15th – so take advantage today!

Fall Into Autumn with a Beautifully Decorated Front Entrance

Your front entrance is important, as it is often the centerpiece of your home. A thorough cleaning, updated painting, color and hardware can make a powerful first impression on visitors to your home. Once that project is out of the way, you may want to tackle some seasonal decorating to enhance your newly updated entrance.

One of the many aspects of fall that we can’t help but love is the colors. There’s something about the deep reds, vibrant oranges and golden yellows that elicits our desires for everything from sweaters and scarves to slow cooker meals and seasonally flavored coffees. To enhance your enjoyment of everything fall, we suggest spending a little more time on that entrance to incorporate some seasonal elements.

Planters & Urns

Our first suggestion is to invest in some planters that you can use year round. If you have the space, consider using urns because they’re versatile and add some height to entrance. The extra height is visually appealing and ensures that your entrance does not swallow up your plants as they balance out the proportions. Urns come in a variety of styles and materials so you’re sure to find something that will work within your budget.

For those of you working to be financially conservative, we suggest opting for a plastic version and weighing it down with sand or stones to ensure that it won’t tip over and crack (and thus compromise your plants). Our final recommendation relative to urns is to opt for black. A black urn is preferable for planting because it will almost always provide a beautiful complement to the other colors and materials that make up your entrance.

Plants, Flowers & Gourds

As you head to the greenhouse to purchase plants to fill those urns, we have to insist on at least a couple of mums. These seasonal gems are a must have and can be mixed or matched and will always be a beautiful addition to your outdoor decor. While the mums often steal the show, we must also suggest some other favorites such as ornamental grasses that always create some interest in your planters or greens, such as cabbages and kale.

These choices offer an unexpected contrast to the brilliant colors of the mums and add to the visual appeal of your arrangement, keeping your eyes moving about. Last but certainly not least, pumpkins, squash and decorative gourds can be used to accessorize your planters and be worked in around stairs, railings or mixed right in with your seasonal landscaping to bring some color and interest to your home.

Fall is often a great time of year, filled with fun, family friendly activities and nearly indescribable natural beauty. We hope you get out and take advantage of special time of year and enjoy decorating the entrance to your home to further enhance your enjoyment of the season.

Improving Your Front Entrance for the Changing Seasons

The leaves are starting to change, pumpkin spice everything has burst back onto the scene and the temperatures are gradually beginning to dip. We’re beginning to turn our attention to prepping the exterior of our homes for winter and making other, routine but mandatory, adjustments for the change of the seasons. While much of our effort over the coming weeks will be utilitarian, the temperatures are still agreeable enough to make some end of season cosmetic changes.

When was the last time that you gave your front door a good look? Does your family even use the front door or do you primarily enter and exit through the garage? Perhaps you use only the front door and beat it up with bags of groceries as you’re trying to carry everything in one load? Do you ever find yourself pushing it open or closed with your foot? Quite often, the front door is the subject of a great deal of use and abuse.

Your front door is often the first part of your home that guests come into physical contact with.

It is also their first introduction into a very personal part of who you and your family are. Once you open that door to someone, the sights, sounds and smells of your home flood your visitors and they make a statement, whether or not you want or intend for them to. Why not take a moment and look at your front door, the entry to your home, with a critical lens and make a few upgrades before the harsh winter winds force us inside?

The first, and perhaps most obvious, step you can take is to give your entry a through cleaning.

This will allow you to clearly assess the condition of your front door, the paint and the hardware. The next step you will want to take is to consider both the condition and the color of the paint. Does the color still speak to you? Does it make a positive statement? Have you considered changing it? The color schemes of most homes lend themselves to a multitude of options when it comes to the front door. We suggest that you narrow it down to a few that you really like and paint sample areas to determine which looks the best and most inviting.

Finally, you will want to address the hardware on your front door.

Does it feel solid when you’re opening and closing the door? Does it coordinate with your other design choices, in terms of both finish and style? Door hardware comes in a variety of styles, finishes and prices from which you can pick the perfect complement to your makeover project.

Spending a couple of hours breathing new life into your front door will not only beautify it for your daily enjoyment, but also enhance the value of your property and set the right tone for visitors to your home.

Need a Heating Upgrade? Count on Bryant® Home Heating Equipment.

Maybe last winter you noticed that your home’s heating system wasn’t operating as efficiently as it did in the past. Utility bills were higher, and your home wasn’t as comfortable as you’d like. Maybe it needed repairs that were costly and inconvenient, or maybe it’s just an old system and you’ve been counting down the days until it finally breaks down. If you’re concerned that last winter was the final one for your home heating system, you might want to consider installing new Bryant® heating equipment.

At Family Danz, we provide Bryant to both our residential and commercial clients because we believe it’s among the best home comfort equipment in the industry. As a Bryant Factory Authorized Dealer, we’re committed to bringing you premium Bryant products, installed to perfection by our highly trained technicians. They’ll make sure the job is completed to your 100 percent satisfaction.

When you choose to upgrade your equipment, we’ll make sure that we discuss all of your options with you, and then provide you with a system that has been sized to heat your home to the utmost effectiveness and efficiency. We offer a number of different Bryant heating products, so we’re sure to find just the right one for your home – and your complete comfort.

Count on Family Danz to provide these quality Bryant products:

  • Gas Furnaces
  • Oil Furnaces
  • Boilers
  • Geothermal Heat Pumps
  • Heat Pumps
  • Packaged Systems

Family Danz is pleased to provide our customers throughout Albany, Schenectady, Saratoga, Troy and the surrounding areas with comprehensive heating services, including professional installation of quality Bryant equipment. If you’d like to learn more about how we can help you enjoy greater comfort – and energy savings – this winter, simply call us at 518.427.8685, and we will be more than happy to assist you.

There’s No Time Like the Present to Install a New System

Have you been thinking about installing a new heating system in your home before the cooler weather arrives? There’s no time like the present – right now, Family Danz is offering our Bryant Bonus Heating & Cooling System Special. You can count on us for the best products and installation available, and you can save some significant money in the process.

When you take advantage of our Bryant Bonus Heating & Cooling System Special, you’ll be eligible to save up to $2,975. Here’s how:

• $1475 Utility Rebates
• $600 System Rebate
• $400 Family Danz Dealer Discount
• FREE Humidifier ($500 Value)

To take advantage of this special, simply fill out our convenient contact form by clicking here. One of our friendly associates will get back to you soon. And remember, you can trust Family Danz for all of your home comfort needs, including heating and cooling maintenance, repair and installation.

Preparing Your Home for the Cooler Months Ahead – Inside and Out!

As the dog days of summer are quickly coming to a close and we begin to turn our attention all things fall, there is much to look forward to. From apple picking to corn mazes, from chunky sweaters to boots, and lest we forget, all things pumpkin spice, the signs and symbols that tell us another brilliant New York autumn is just around the bend are plentiful. While we rush fill our weekends with adventures to the countryside, football in the den and hearty meals in the Crockpot, we must also carve out time to care for our homes. Winter will quickly sneak up on us and if we haven’t taken the time to adequately prepare, our homes will surely let us know.

Starting on the outside of the home there are a number of tasks that we should address before the snow begins to fall. Take time to tend to your landscaping by cutting back plants, raking leaves and trimming bushes and trees. Pay special attention to those trees that look as if they could be vulnerable to losing branches in a wintertime storm, especially if they are close to the house.

The fall is also an excellent time to do a final walk around your property before the snow covers everything to look for areas of the roof and siding that could be susceptible to leaking. Patching a weak spot in the roof or caulking cracks in the siding that have crept up on you over the summer can be all it takes to keep moisture out of your home during the winter months and interior water damage at a distance.

Finally, if you have an exterior air conditioning unit, make sure you cover it to protect the unit from the elements. Patio furniture, grills and other outdoor summertime staples should also be either stored inside or at the least, covered to ensure that they are in excellent working order when spring once again knocks on our door.

As we wrap up the work on the outside of our homes and move inside, we can start at the very door we use to enter the house. We want to check the quality of the seal between the door and the frame to ensure that it is not cracked or dried out. Seals that are showing signs of aging are an invitation for heat to escape and energy bills to soar. To fight back against energy loss, simply replace the seal around each exterior door, as well as the windows to help keep your home airtight and reduce your heating expenses.

Autumn is also an excellent time to schedule annual routine maintenance for your furnace, as well as changing the air filter. Regularly having an expert come into your home to clean your furnace will also allow you the opportunity to ask questions, share concerns and get a timeline for when you may be likely to experience problems. This will allow you to budget for repairs as well as have any issues addressed before they escalate and you find yourself without a heat source in the middle of a long winter’s night.

In just a few weekend hours, spread out over the course of a couple of weeks even, you can have your home, both inside and out, ready to take on another New York winter. With this maintenance behind you, there will be plenty of time for stress-free evenings and weekends in front of a roaring fireplace while surround by the ones you love.

Too Much Stuff? How to Get Your Garage Organized & Decluttered.

Do you ever feel possessed by your possessions? Does it almost feel as if you’re a slave to your stuff? Have you ever wanted to put an end to that cycle and take back your space? Your life? If so, then it’s time to organize. Here are some strategies to help you purge what you don’t need, better organize what you do and live a simpler life that provides you with more leisure time.

It can be hard to resist the allure of a great deal and for many of us, the psychology behind that way of thinking has led us to continuously buy more than we need and consequently, overcrowd our homes. It is never too late to break these habit loops and make a conscious decision to declutter and simplify both your home and your life.

Regardless of the size of your home we suggest that you start with an overall plan and then begin tackle the project one room at a time. Do you want to reduce the amount of clothing that you have? Perhaps scale back on the holiday decor that is taking up valuable real estate in your garage, basement or attic? Clean out the toys in the kids’ rooms? Whatever your goal may be, begin to visualize it and then get to work.

Now that we are close to summer’s end, perhaps the garage is a great place to start. You’ll want to take inventory of what you have in order to determine what you want to keep so it is best to pull it all out so that you can see everything. While this may be a bit overwhelming for some, it is a necessary part of the process. From here it is time to have an honest conversation with yourself about what you really need and want to keep and what you’re willing to part with.

Separate your items into three categories in different areas of the garage and first decide how you want to free yourself of your unwanted possessions. Anything that is irreparable, unusable or simply junk should be thrown away. As for everything else, if you have the time and patience, organizing a garage sale, either at your home or virtually through Facebook or some other electronic venue can bring in some additional cash. If you’d rather just be done with this part of the process, there are a number of organizations that will take your gently used and unwanted belongings and many will even offer you a tax-deductible receipt.

Armed with a collection of what you plan to keep, you will want to ensure that you organize these items in a logical manner so they are easily accessible when you need them. Clear plastic totes are a great way to do this for seasonal items and they are relatively inexpensive and easily procured. For your tools and other garage necessities, most hardware and home improvement stores offer a number of options to neatly display these items on a wall-mounted system. This allows your floor space to be free of clutter and makes it easier to maintain.

With the garage now an organized showpiece of minimalistic consumerism, you have the know-how and confidence to move on to the next room. As you tackle and work through each room, apply the same techniques discussed here and in no time you’ll feel both as if a weight has been lifted off your shoulders and that you’re living in a completely new space.

Check Out Our Updated, Streamlined Website

At Family Danz, we’re all about the comfort of our customers. That’s why we try to offer all the services you need to make your house a home, including heating and air conditioning, home heating oil and plumbing. Our goal is to help you get virtually everything you need under one roof – from a company that strives to treat their customers like family. With that in mind, we updated our website so that it’s easier to navigate, helping to ensure you find just the right products and services for your particular needs.

When you visit us, you’ll be able to choose from three easy tabs at the top of the page. From there, you’ll be able to click into a streamlined listing of our products and services, helping you locate exactly what you need. Each of the main pages quickly directs you to any special offers we have available, as well as quick links to pages you need the most, such as emergency repair or fuel delivery. Our mini-sites make it simple for you to look around and discover all that Family Danz has to offer.

Heating & Air Conditioning

  • Heating
  • Air Conditioning
  • Furnaces
  • Boilers
  • Commercial HVAC

Home Heating Oil

  • Fuel Oil Delivery
  • Oil Furnace Services

Plumbing

  • Bathroom Plumbing
  • Kitchen Plumbing
  • Hot Water Heaters
  • Tankless Water Heaters
  • Additional Plumbing Services

To learn more about the services Family Danz offers, please feel free to contact us at any time by calling 518.427.8685. We will be more than happy to assist you with any of your home comfort needs.

Family Danz Recipe Corner: Need Some Comfort this Winter?

Try this tasty mac & cheese!

When winter weather strikes in the Albany area, there’s nothing better than comfort food to help weather the storm. And when we think of comfort food, one of the first things that come to mind is good old macaroni and cheese. Delicious on its own or as a side, macaroni and cheese is tasty, comforting and the perfect dinner on a snowy evening. But did you know you can easily make mac and cheese right in your slow cooker? It only takes a couple of hours, and is super simple to make. We’re sharing this recipe courtesy of the Delish website – we hope you enjoy!

Slow Cooker Mac & Cheese

Ingredients

  • 1 lb. elbow macaroni
  • ½ c. butter, melted
  • 4 c. shredded Cheddar cheese
  • 4 oz. cream cheese
  • ½ c. finely grated Parmesan
  • 24 oz. evaporated milk
  • 2 c. whole milk
  • ½ tsp. garlic powder
  • 1/8 tsp. paprika
  • Kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper

Directions

  • In your slow cooker bowl, combine all ingredients, seasoning to taste with the salt and pepper.
  • Cook on high until the pasta is cooked through and sauce has thickened, about 2-3 hours.
  • Begin checking pasta for doneness after two hours, then every 20 minutes after.

Comfort food in your tummy is good; home comfort is even better. Family Danz can help you stay cozy all winter long. Simply call us at (518) 427-8685, and we’ll be happy to assist with your winter heating needs.