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Symbolic Meanings of 5 of Your Favorite Spring Flowers

One of our favorite parts of the spring season is the bounty of flowers in bloom. The white winter landscape gives way to bright, cheerful colors dotting the scenery. Shades of pink, yellow, orange and red suddenly appear everywhere, and we can’t help but feel energized. We all have a favorite spring flower, but we might not actually know the symbolism behind it.
Here are five favorite spring flowers and their meanings:

Anemones: Anemones come in many different shapes and colors and their meanings are as varied. In Western culture, the anemone has come to symbolize both the rebirth of spring and mourning. In Eastern culture, though, the flower can mean bad luck, ill tidings and illness.

Dahlias: Dahlias are gorgeous pom-pom shaped flowers that come in numerous shades and range in intensity from peachy whites to deeply purple. Some have more rounded petals while other varieties have pointed ones. Classically, the dahlia symbolizes gratitude and dignity.

Gerber Daisies: As colorful as spring itself, the friendly-faced Gerber daisy mean purity, beauty and innocence. When you make them a part of your living space, they bring a cheerful, energizing feel to the room that everyone will enjoy.

Peonies: Ah, romance… that’s what the grandly beautiful peony symbolizes. They also can mean wealth, good fortune and royalty. Regardless of meaning, the pink and white flower’s large blooms make a bold statement when you add them to your bouquet.

Tulips: Tulips are a favorite spring flower of many, and symbolize love’s perfection. Depending on their color, they express love in different ways: yellow, the color of friendship; red, romance and white, pure love.

Of course, as beautiful as they may be, spring blooms may also bring along with them spring allergies! If you’re sneezing, […]

New Take on a Classic – Dilled Deviled Eggs

If you celebrate Easter with small children, chances are you have an abundance of hard-boiled, colorful eggs around this time of year. If you’re left wondering what to do with all of them, why not try out this tasty take on an old classic? Dilled deviled eggs bring some new flavors to the table that will make your dish the one everyone asks for! This recipe calls for just a few simple ingredients that can help you kick your deviled egg game up a notch!
Dilled Deviled Eggs
Ingredients:

1 dozen hard-cooked eggs, peeled and rinsed
½ cup mayonnaise
1 tsp. dried dill weed
1 tsp. ground mustard
1 tsp parsley flakes
½ tsp. seasoned salt
2 small dill pickles, thinly sliced
Paprika (if desired)

Directions:

Slice eggs in half lengthwise and remove yolks.
Place yolks in bowl and mash.
Stir remaining ingredients into yolks and blend until smooth and creamy.
Fill hollows in egg white halves with mixture, either with spoon or piping bag.
Sprinkle with paprika if desired.
Top each deviled egg with pickle slice.
Refrigerate for one hour, or until ready to serve.

And, for egg-ceptional spring maintenance services, contact All Seasons. We’re the comfort control people! We can help you get your air conditioning system in tip-top shape and ready for the warmer weather ahead – no yolks about it!

5 Ways We Can Help You With Your Spring Allergies

Ah, spring… that time of year when the earth wakes up from its long winter’s nap, and the trees start to bud and the flowers start to bloom. And, if you’re an allergy sufferer, it’s also the time of year when you have to deal with sniffling, sneezing and watery eyes! While we can’t do anything about the outdoor allergens that abound, we can help you keep your indoor air as healthy as possible.
Here are five products that can help keep indoor allergens to a minimum:

Air purifiers: The air inside your home is often circulated and re-circulated numerous times throughout the day. As a result, airborne pathogens are blown around and can cause problems for everyone, especially those with breathing or immune system concerns. Air purifiers help to remove pollutants like bacteria, pollen, animal dander and more – as small as 0.01 microns. That’s 18,000 times smaller than the head of a pin!
Ultraviolet (UV) air purification: Our top-quality ultraviolet air purifier will eliminate both mold and bacteria, as well as kill organisms that can grow in your home’s air conditioning system. By choosing a UV air purifier from us, your home will have improved air health, and your comfort system will have increased performance.
Filtration: You might not know this, but one of the simplest ways you can keep your air cleaner and fresher, and help your comfort system last longer, is by regularly replacing your dirty air filters. Air filters trap pollutants, allergens and other microscopic particles that can make the air inside your home unhealthy.
Air cleaners: Installing an air cleaner is a great choice if you have someone in your home who is sensitive to odors, chemical vapors, cooking fumes and other airborne […]

You May Be Ready for Spring… But is Your Air Conditioner?

We’ve had a long winter and are definitely excited that spring is here. We’re looking forward to all the things the spring season brings – wonderful times with family and friends, longer days and of course, warmer weather. Spring not only brings blossoming trees and blooming flowers – it also serves as a reminder that it’s time to get your air conditioning system serviced by All Seasons!

Choosing to have your air conditioning system maintained on a yearly basis is a smart decision. Why? For starters, having a professional look at your system can help you find any small problems there may be before they become larger, more costly ones. And, a maintained air conditioning system enjoys a longer life and better efficiency, so you can count on saving money on your utility bills.

Overall, air conditioning maintenance is simply one of the best ways you can ensure that your AC equipment runs at or near specification, depending on condition and age of equipment. What’s more, when you have an air conditioning maintenance contract with All Seasons, you can rest assured that your equipment will receive the attention it deserves on an annual basis.
What can you expect from your maintenance contract with us?

Lower utility bills
Extended equipment life
Fewer repairs
Preferential service
24-hour emergency service
Maintain equipment history
Phone call reminder to schedule appointment
Peace of mind
Automatic renewal

And, when you contact us today, you can save 25 percent on any new air conditioning and/or heating service contract! Simply give us a call at 631-694-1616 or fill out our convenient contact form, and we’ll help your air conditioning system get ready for the warmer weather ahead.

Do YOU Need Better Indoor Air? These 5 Symptoms Can Help You Know.

Today, people spend more time in their homes than ever before. That means they spend a lot of time breathing the air in their home as well, and sometimes, that might not be a good thing. Modern homes are built to be much more airtight, and while that means they’re more energy efficient, it also means that there is less fresh air in the home. The air in the home is constantly circulated through your heating and cooling system – and if the indoor air quality is poor, you just keep breathing in the low-quality air.

There are a few telltale signs that you or your family might exhibit if the air in your home isn’t as good as it should be.
Here’s how to tell if you might have an indoor air quality issue:
Coughing: If you or a family member cough a lot at home, that could mean that there are particles in the air that are causing some sort of irritation. Allergens like dust, mold and mildew can blow around your HVAC system, and if left untreated, the air might make you suffer and cause irritation in your respiratory system.

Sneezing: Like coughing, sneezing, especially in your home, is a symptom you shouldn’t ignore. If you find you sneeze often at home, it’s likely that there’s something in your air that’s irritating you. Mold, mildew, bacteria, dust, pet dander and other allergens can all cause you to sneeze – and if they’re continuously circulated throughout your home, you’ll feel miserable.

More Frequent Asthma Concerns: If you suffer from asthma, you know how important it is to breathe quality air. If you notice an increase of your asthma symptoms, especially when you’re at home, there may be an […]

Getting Your Home Ready for Spring – 5 Helpful Hints for Decluttering

Once the holiday season is over and spring is on the horizon, a lot of people start to take a look at their homes… and quickly realize that they have too much stuff! Items accumulate over the holiday season, and the chilly weather might mean you’ve settled in for a long winter’s nap. It can be hard to find the motivation to weed through your belongings, especially when it’s cold outside and you’d rather just curl up on your couch with a good book or Netflix. But decluttering now means that once warmer weather arrives, it’ll be much easier to complete that thorough spring cleaning you strive toward every year.

The good news is, decluttering your home doesn’t have to be a nightmare. There are a few simple methods you and your entire family can employ that will make the decluttering process as painless as possible. Here are some things you can do right away to reduce the clutter in your home – and the best part? They only take five minutes each!
Five-Minute Tips for Decluttering Your Home
Clear Your Counters: Our countertops in our home quickly become collection sites for a lot of our clutter. Papers, infrequently used appliances, knickknacks that gather dust – you name it, countertops collect it. Use your five minute time period to clear a countertop. Give away anything on the countertop that you don’t use or don’t need, and put away infrequently used items in cupboards.

Create a Paper Space: Papers can become the major source of clutter in any home, so it’s important to have a designated place that your papers go in. Designate a tray or drawer where all the papers in your home go, and sort through them […]

Sweets for Your Sweet: Chocolate Covered Strawberries

The month of February makes us think of our loved ones. It’s a time when we share special treats with them that show them we care about them and want them to be happy. On Valentine’s Day, we love to give the people in our lives chocolates and flowers, but sometimes, the most special gifts we can share are those we make ourselves! That’s why we’re sharing this easy recipe from Betty Crocker for chocolate covered strawberries with you. It’s simple, fun and delicious!
Chocolate Covered Strawberries
Ingredients:

2 cups medium to large strawberries (18-20)
½ cup semisweet chocolate chips
½ cup white vanilla baking chips
2 tsp. vegetable shortening

Directions:

Gently rinse strawberries and pat completely dry with paper towels. Berries must be completely dry before dipping. Do not hull the berries.

Line cookie sheet with waxed paper.

In separate 1-quart saucepans, melt chocolate and vanilla chips, each with 1 tsp. of vegetable shortening. Use low heat and stir frequently. Once completely melted, remove from heat.

Dip lower half of some berries in chocolate mixture and some in vanilla mixture. Allow excess to drip back into saucepans. Place on waxed paper-lined cookie sheet.

Drizzle berries dipped in chocolate with vanilla mixture and berries dipped in vanilla with chocolate mixture, if desired.

Refrigerate about 30 minutes uncovered or until coating sets. Store uneaten berries covered in refrigerator (otherwise, coating will soften.)

At All Seasons, we think one of the best gifts you can give your loved ones is the gift of home comfort. We can help you with all of your home heating, cooling and indoor air quality needs – we’re the comfort control people! Just give us a call at (631) 694-1616 and we’ll be happy to help you.

What to Do When You Need Heating Repair Services

When the temperatures hit below the freezing mark, the chances are pretty good that your heating system is running around the clock. Sometimes, especially if you have an older heating system or one that hasn’t been properly maintained, the constant running can leave it open to failure. Going without heat when the outside temperatures are bone chilling is definitely not something anyone wants to think about, but if it happens to you, you need a heating contractor you can count on. That’s where All Seasons comes in.

At All Seasons, we know there is never a good time for a heating system breakdown, and that if you do experience one, you need someone who can provide you with quick, courteous and professional repair services. Our heating repair specialists have the tools, the equipment and the experience you need to get your home’s heating system back up and running smoothly. If you need emergency heating repair, they are available to help 24 hours a day, seven days a week. And what’s more, we proudly offer service agreements so your system will be maintained as it should be, and you’ll be much less likely to experience a breakdown.
What can you do until help arrives?
If you find yourself in a heating system emergency, there are a few things you can do to stay warm before help arrives. Make sure you dress in warm clothes, including hooded sweatshirts or hats. Keeping your head covered can help you stay warm. Consider baking something – your oven will warm up the house and you’ll get some delicious baked goods (that you can share with your HVAC technician when they fix your heating system…) In the winter months, hang heavier drapes and […]

Spice Up Your Thanksgiving Feast with Cranberry Chutney

Hurray for Thanksgiving, that time of year when many of us enjoy a guilt-free feast chock full of all of our favorite foods. Everyone gathers in the kitchen for the loving preparation of Grandma’s stuffing recipe, that Thanksgiving stalwart green bean casserole, and of course, the glorious guest of honor, the turkey! So why is it, year after year, that the cranberry sauce is plopped out of a can?

With all the homemade goodness on the Thanksgiving table, the cranberry sauce always seems like an afterthought. Think about how many dishes of can-shaped cranberry sauce you’ve seen through the years. This year, why not abandon the can and try out a brand-new recipe for cranberry chutney? Sweet and savory at the same time, this recipe is a delicious accompaniment to your Thanksgiving meal. What’s more, you can make it a week in advance, so it’ll be one less thing you need to think about preparing on the big day.

We’re sharing this great recipe for cranberry chutney from Epicurious – please note, it will not be sweet and gelatinous like traditional cranberry sauce but it will be delectable!

Ingredients

5 shallots, coarsely chopped
1 ½ tbsp. vegetable oil
1 12 oz. bag of fresh or frozen cranberries
2/3 cup sugar
¼ cup cider vinegar
1 tsp. minced garlic
1 tsp. minced, peeled fresh ginger
½ tsp. salt
½ tsp. black pepper
1 small, seeded, finely diced jalapeño pepper (optional, if you prefer some heat)

Directions

Cook shallots in oil in heavy saucepan over medium heat, stirring occasionally until softened. Stir in remaining ingredients. Simmer, stirring occasionally, until berries just pop (usually 10 -12 minutes). Cool. You can make this a week in advance, keeping chilled and covered until ready to serve.

Be sure your home is ready for holiday company […]

Turkey Safety 101

The holiday season is a great time for friends, family and of course, delicious food! Unfortunately, it also is the season for food-borne illnesses. Illnesses caused by bacteria like clostridium perfringens and salmonella run rampant during holiday festivities – according to the Centers for Disease Control and Protection, outbreaks occur most often in November and December. And, the greatest food source offenders are meat and poultry – they account for 92 percent of outbreaks. So how can you keep your feast from becoming a disaster?

According to the CDC, safe handling of poultry is key when it comes to prevention of food-borne illness. They offer some tips on keeping your turkey tasty – and bacteria-free – this feasting season.

The first step is to make sure you’ve properly thawed your turkey. The CDC recommends you thaw your turkey in the fridge, in a sink of cold water or in the microwave. Defrosting a turkey at room temperature can create a breeding ground for various bacteria, because the temperature of the bird can rise quickly, especially if left out for more than two hours.

You’ll also want to make sure you safely handle your poultry. Bacteria from the raw meat can contaminate at all points of contact, so ensure that you wash your hands, cooking implements and work surfaces thoroughly so that any bacteria doesn’t spread to other foods – or to your family.

How you stuff your turkey is important, too. You should stuff it right before putting it in the oven to cook. And, you should check it with a meat thermometer to make sure the central temperature reaches 165ºF. Anything less can be a breeding ground for bacteria – which in turn can lead to food poisoning. […]