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Maintaining Your Lawn Landscape This Fall

Soon the leaves will be changing color so quickly that the green that filled them not long ago will be just a memory. Fast forward a few more weeks and they will have fallen to the ground and left the trees bare, to take on the burden of winter alone. This simple act, representing the changing of seasons yet again, also results in perhaps the last major yard maintenance task for homeowners before spring.

While the leaves are beautiful when they’re in full bloom, and perhaps also while they’re providing a colorful ground cover, they do present a maintenance issue and could also jeopardize the quality of your yard come springtime if not properly addressed. There are multiple ways that you can rid your yard of the leaves, depending on your time, budget and the volume of leaves.

Perhaps the most efficient manner, providing you have the equipment, is to mulch them back into the yard. A few passes with the lawnmower will have them fertilizing your yard in no time. Another option, albeit a little more cumbersome, is to rake and bag the leaves. Many municipalities will haul away leaves and other yard debris at specific times of the year, which makes disposal of these wastes a breeze.

With the yard free of leaves and any branches and other debris that may have collected, it’s time to turn your attention to your landscaping. In order to ensure that everything will look as good as it can in the spring and summer months, the fall months are the perfect time to cut back perennial plants, divide those that you want to split up and plant bulbs that will bloom in the spring.

We first recommend starting with a vision for what you want your yard to look like. From there you can start cutting back plants and dividing others to move them around your landscape beds. If you’ve found yourself with a surplus, this is a perfect opportunity to expand your landscaping or give some to a friend or neighbor to enhance their property. Some of our favorite plants with which to do this are hostas and day lilies.

Once you’ve addressed everything that you currently have in your landscaping, consider adding some bulbs to your landscaping for a pleasant pop of color come springtime. Tulip, crocus and allium bulbs are relatively easy to plant, offer generous success rates (provided the soil drains properly) and can be cut once in bloom to bring some of the outdoor beauty indoors.

It takes a great deal of work to maintain a beautiful yard; however, careful planning and preparation in the fall can make for a much smoother start to the spring! And, the same goes for your home comfort equipment. Have you scheduled your fall maintenance yet? If not, be sure to call us at 631.694.1616 to schedule your tune-up today.

Apple vs. Pumpkin: We’ll Let You Decide!

When the leaves start to change and the temperature begins to dip, does your mind wander to the tastes and smells of autumn? Are you an apple cinnamon consumer or a pumpkin spice person? Do these preferences extend beyond your morning beverage choices? In this article we are going to shy away from the coffee debate and explore some other fall inspired apple cinnamon and pumpkin spice recipes.

We’ve all had the traditional apple pie or apple crisps and pumpkin pie with a warm maple syrup drizzle, but where do you turn when you need a change from those tried and true, but also predictable, fall desserts? From time to time we need a break from our go-to recipes and need to expand our repertoire. We recently decided to explore seasonally flavored cheesecake recipes from Taste of Home for both an apple cinnamon cheesecake and pumpkin cheesecake and to say that we were not disappointed would certainly be an understatement.

We will first dive into this apple cinnamon cheesecake with its dense crust comprised of brown sugar, cinnamon, crushed walnuts, oats, butter and flour. While this is a deviation from a more common graham cracker crust, we certainly think it’s something you should try at least once. The combination of flavors lends itself to a cozy Sunday afternoon on the couch, in an oversized sweater indulging in deliciousness while binging your favorite show. The filling consists of the rich, creamy texture that’s expected from a cheesecake but the real winner in this recipe is the topping. You’ll be serving your cheesecake with warm, sautéed apples bathed in a cinnamon glaze. We suggest a generous serving size for the topping because those warm apples are simply irresistible.

With this pumpkin cheesecake recipe, we are again steering away from the graham cracker crust that you may expect to find accompanying your dessert. Instead, we choose a recipe that rewards your taste buds a bit more with its crushed gingersnap and pecan crust medley. This buttery combination is the perfect base layer for the rest of what’s to come, which is a rich, thick, pumpkin dense filling that is enough to induce a long weekend nap. As the recipe suggests, we also recommend serving this delectable dessert with a topping of choice, perhaps even a combination of toppings. Our personal favorite is to outline the cheesecake with an extra creamy whipped topping border, sprinkled with leftover gingersnap cookie crumbs and, once plated, drizzle it with a warm chocolate sauce.

There is no end to delicious fall inspired desserts to tempt and treat yourself and your loved ones with this season. Just be sure to save us a slice for when we stop in for your annual fall maintenance! Just call 631.694.1616 to schedule your tune-up today.

Why Get a Service Contract?

All too often, people think of the heating system in their home as “set it and forget it.” Once they have it installed, they simply take it for granted – that is, until the day it breaks down. Then, they’re often left with expensive repair bills, or worse yet, the need to install a brand new heating system. What if we told you prolonging the life of your equipment and needing fewer repairs was as easy as getting maintenance for your system?

The best way to preserve your heating system is through annual heating maintenance. It can save you the discomfort and expense caused by a system breakdown. What’s more, it can help your system operate more efficiently, helping you save money on your utility bills. And, perhaps most importantly, the proper annual heating maintenance can help improve your system’s longevity, so that you can count on it not only this winter, but for years to come.

When you choose a service contract from All Seasons, you can expect:

  • Lower Utility Bills
  • Extended Equipment Life
  • Fewer Repairs
  • Preferential Service (over non-contract customers)
  • A Maintained Equipment History
    Reminder Call for Scheduling
  • Automatic Renewal
  • Peace of Mind

As you can see, there are many advantages to getting annual maintenance for your heating equipment – and to having a service contract. To learn more about getting a heating maintenance agreement for your home, contact All Seasons – we’re the comfort control people! We’ll help you with all of your heating needs. Just give us a call at (631) 694-1616 and we’ll be happy to help you.

Save On Your Fall Tune-Up

Before you know it, Old Man Winter will make his annual appearance once again here on Long Island. The best way you can ensure your home comfort system will be ready? Getting the annual maintenance you need from All Seasons.

If you’re a first-time customer, we’re excited to offer you a special discount on your fall seasonal tune-up. Right now, we’re offering heating tune-ups for only $129. Our comprehensive service ensures your system is ready for the demands of a cold winter, and that it’s running at maximum efficiency. When you choose to maintain your system, you can count on lower utility bills, extended equipment life and fewer repairs.

Service contracts are also available from All Seasons. They help ensure you’ll receive preferential service, 24-hour emergency service, a maintained equipment history, and the peace of mind you need to enjoy total home comfort all year long. New customers can save 25 percent on a service contract, too* – so you can save money and have improved home comfort.

To take advantage of our service specials, click here, or contact us at 631.694.1616 and we’ll be happy to help!

*Discount valid on contracts valued at $500 or less. Discount valid for the first year only. See dealer for details. Offer expires 12/31/18

Make Your Next Summer BBQ Stress-Free With These Easy Tips!

Planning and hosting a backyard barbeque can be quite the undertaking for even the most experienced host. While the grilling season is well underway for the summer of 2018, it is far from over and it is never too late to both hone your craft and streamline your event. That’s why we’re sharing a few tips for hosting the perfect backyard barbeque.

The first aspect to consider when hosting a backyard barbeque is the guest list. A smaller, more intimate gather of close friends or family may prove to be a more enjoyable event for everyone. There are more opportunities to engage in conversation with each member of the group and it is likely that the host will feel less pressure preparing for a smaller group rather than a larger group. Furthermore, if the weather proves to be uncooperative, moving a smaller event inside is much less of a hassle.

Once you have settled on your guest list, it is time to take into consideration any glaring dietary concerns that you are aware of in advance. It would be uncouth to serve an array of smoked meats to a group with several vegetarian diners but at the same time it is also unrealistic for your guests to expect you to cater to every possible dietary request. Striking a balance between being a considerate host and made to order chef will further serve to reduce your stress levels.

Now it is time to start building your menu. We advise starting with a simple appetizer such as raw vegetables and dip or a charcuterie platter so that guests have something to munch on while you prepare for the main event. We also suggest that you prepare for your barbeque much the way a professional caterer would handle your event. What we mean by this is that you should limit your choices to a couple from each category, for example, one or two meats, two salad options and two additional side dishes.

For example, chicken and steak tips will please almost any guest, especially when paired with a colorful garden salad and a capellini salad. Finally, a grilled pineapple or zucchini brushed in olive oil and garlic keeps the meal light while at the same time your guests satisfied.

Choosing to provide dessert is an offering that we think guests will appreciate though, again, we suggest keeping it simple if you decide to go this route. Some freshly cut fruit is not only a sweet ending to a delicious summertime meal but also a healthy option for the more body-conscious diners on your guest list.

Now that we’ve covered the basics from start to finish, invite some friends over, make a trip to the garden and grocery store and enjoy a beautiful evening outdoors with great good and even better company.

Bon appétit!

Planning a Vacation? Pack Your Bags… the Right Way!

Ask any seasoned traveler for some advice when packing for your summer vacation and you’ll likely be told that ‘less is more.’ While each airline sets their own prices, the average cost to check a bag at the airport now ranges from $25.00-$50.00 each way. Whether you’re traveling alone, with your significant other or with your spouse and children, these fees add up quickly and can put a strain on your budget if you haven’t already factored them in. Especially if you’re concerned about staying on track with your vacation budget you may want to consider condensing your luggage to just a carry on but… “wear” to start?

Check the weather at your destination a few days before departing and use this information to help guide and limit your packing choices. Always bring at least one wardrobe option that you will be comfortable in if the weather changes drastically from what you were anticipating. A pair of pants and a sweatshirt may be useful if the evening temperatures at your tropical destination are cooler than you’d expected and can double as your travel attire, allowing you to shed layers as necessary.

Spend some time thinking about the type of vacation you want to have and pack accordingly. Trekking through ancient ruins requires different apparel than sliding up to the poolside bar or chasing children around a Disney park for a week. Whatever your activity level will be, you’ll want to ensure you’re properly prepared.

Consider re-wearing some outfits to save on space. If your accommodations have in unit laundry or you can send your clothes to the hotel laundering service, this can be a convenient way to save some space while packing. Choose a few versatile pieces and build different looks around those wardrobe staples. There is no need to sacrifice style while on vacation if you do some planning beforehand.

Don’t forget your feet! Footwear is an essential component of any stylish look but if you’re not careful it can also eat up a lot of space in that carry on. Sneakers take up a lot more real estate than flip-flops so if it’s practical, wear those through the airport and you can easily change into something else once you’ve reached your final destination.

An added advantage of packing light is that it will not only keep extra money in your pocket but it will also reduce the amount of time you spend in the airport waiting for your luggage and eliminate the chance of it getting lost, which is every traveler’s nightmare.

Bon voyage!

What’s Your IAQ? All Seasons Can Help Improve It!

You may have heard the term “IAQ” being used before, but are unsure what it means. Does it have to do with how smart you are? What do those three letters stand for?

IAQ is the acronym for “indoor air quality,” which is exactly that – the quality of the air inside of a building. Of course, everyone would prefer to have optimal indoor air quality, but there are many factors that can lead to poor IAQ. Newly build homes are much more airtight and energy-efficient, for instance, but this also makes it harder for air to move properly throughout the home. And in older homes, dust in the duct systems, damp basements and the like can all cause indoor air quality to suffer.

What can you do to ensure better air quality in your home? First, you want to assess your needs. Do you have pets? Are there smokers living in the household? Do you or any of your family members suffer from allergies, asthma or other respiratory concerns? If you do, you’ll want to make sure you’re taking the necessary steps to improve the indoor air quality of your home. Luckily, there are many products on the market that can help.

When you count on All Seasons to help with your indoor air quality needs, we’ll provide you with a comprehensive listing of IAQ products and services that will help you improve the air in your home. Regardless of your specific need, we can help. We proudly offer:

  • Purifiers
  • Ultraviolet UV Air Purification
  • Filtration
  • Air Cleaners
  • Humidification
  • Fresh Air Ventilators

Our qualified technicians will be happy to help you assess your IAQ needs, and professionally install the equipment you need to breathe easier in your home. The products we offer use the latest technology to ensure the air you’re breathing is as pure as possible. That way, you can save money on your utility bills, and your entire family can enjoy an improved living environment.

When you need indoor air quality solutions for your home, you can count on All Seasons – we’re the comfort control people! We’ll help you improve your IAQ – so you and your family can breathe easier! Just give us a call at 631.694.1616 and we’ll be happy to assist you with your indoor air quality needs.

Indoor Air Quality Concerns? Our Ventilation Systems Are a Breath of Fresh Air!

Pets, kids, and smokers – if you live with any of the aforementioned, it’s pretty easy to see how our homes can get smelly. And in the summer months, those odors become more obvious, and, if you have poor home ventilation, more overwhelming. Modern homes have the advantage of being better insulated and more airtight than their predecessors, but this also means that they hold in a lot of odors and household pollutants, too. Fortunately, you can remedy this concern by choosing to install an air ventilation system in your home.

Fresh air ventilators bring fresh air into your home – without losing heating and cooling energy. They boast a unique energy exchange system that transfers the heating and cooling energy from the stinky, stale air being exhausted from your home, to the fresh air the ventilation fans bring in. And, if your family suffers from allergies, a fresh air ventilator can be a lifesaver – you won’t have to open windows and risk letting in dirt, dust and pollen in order to bring the fresh air in. Not to

mention, air ventilation systems help to eliminate the odors cooking and pets can leave behind, and they’ll rid your home of smoke, fumes and other pollutants.

When you choose All Seasons to install your fresh air ventilator, you can count on both quality and professional service. Our expert technicians will install your air ventilation system promptly, so you and your family will be enjoying improved indoor air quality in no time. We install only the best brands on the market today, choosing only fresh air ventilators that are quality manufactured to provide you and your family with optimal indoor air quality.

When you need an air ventilation system for your home, you can count on All Seasons – we’re the comfort control people! We’ll help you get the stale, stinky air out of your home – so you and your family can breathe easier! Just give us a call at 631.694.1616 and we’ll be happy to assist you with your indoor air quality needs.

Need Air Conditioning for Your Huntington Home? We Can Help.

The summer has arrived, and with it, the warmer temperatures. Is your home ready for the heat and humidity? Whether you need new air conditioning in your Huntington home, or services for your current AC, All Seasons can help. We provide a full range of air conditioning products and services. That way, you’ll be able to enjoy cool comfort – no matter how hot it gets outside.

When you work with All Seasons, we can help you get into a new air conditioning system. We provide the top names in the industry – Carrier, Mitsubishi, Daikin and York, just to name a few. We’ll install the perfect air conditioning for your Huntington home, whether you need central air or ductless.

And, since we’re a full-service air conditioning contractor, we’re able to meet any air conditioning concern you might have in your Huntington home. That includes AC repair and AC maintenance in addition to new installations. Making sure your air conditioning system is well-maintained is extremely important when it comes to long life and maximum efficiency. And, getting effective repairs in a timely fashion is an important step in keeping small concerns from becoming large, expensive issues.

All Seasons can help you get the air conditioning you need for your Huntington home.

At All Seasons, we make sure you get all the services you need for your Huntington home’s air conditioning system. For your convenience we offer:

  • New Air Conditioning Installation: We offer our customers the highest quality equipment from the best brands, installed to perfection by our skilled technicians.
  • Air Conditioning Service: Regardless of the type of air conditioning service you need in order to stay comfortable in your Huntington home, All Seasons can help.
  • Air Conditioning Repair: When you’re in need of air conditioning repair, you can count on the certified, licensed technicians at All Seasons to get to the root of the problem – and fix it!
  • Ductless Mini-Split Air Conditioning: Limited ductwork? No ductwork? No problem! Ductless AC from All Seasons can help you stay cool – without the need for ducts!
  • Air Conditioning Maintenance Agreements: One of the best ways you can ensure long life and efficiency from the AC in your Huntington home is by getting proper maintenance.

When you need a full-service air conditioning contractor for your Huntington home, count on All Seasons – the comfort control people! We’ll help you with all of your air conditioning needs. Just give us a call at (631) 694-1616 and we’ll be happy to help you.

Pasta Salad for a Crowd

If you have a summer party you’re bringing a dish to pass for, it can be tough to know just how much you should make to feed a crowd. With this pasta salad recipe – you won’t have to worry. It yields about 25 cups, which should be plenty for your gathering. We found the inspiration for this recipe at Holley Grainger. You can customize it with your favorite dressings, veggies, meats, cheeses and pasta, like we did! Enjoy!

Pasta Salad for a Crowd

Ingredients

  • 28 ounces uncooked tri-color rotini
  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1 jar artichoke hearts, drained
  • 1 large cucumber, diced
  • ¼ medium onion, finely slivered
  • 1 bell pepper, finely slivered
  • 8 oz. block mozzarella cheese
  • 1/3 cup finely grated Parmesan
  • 1 12-ounce bottle balsamic vinaigrette
  • 1 bunch basil, chopped

Directions

  • Cook pasta per package; drain and rinse with cold water.
  • While pasta is cooking, prepare vegetables and cheeses in large bowl.
  • When pasta has cooled, add to the bowl with other ingredients and toss to combine.
  • Pour dressing over pasta mixture and blend well. Refrigerate at least one hour.
  • Add basil before serving.

Is your home for a crowd this summer, too? It can be, when you call All Seasons to help. We’ll make sure your home comfort system is working perfectly. Or, if you need new air conditioning, we’ll be happy to install quality AC in your home that will keep you cool this summer and for years to come. Just give us a call at (631) 694-1616 and we’ll help you get your home summer-ready in no time. And make sure to save us some pasta salad!