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Season’s Eatings! Try This Recipe at Your Holiday Party.

It’s the holiday season, and that means you’ll probably be attending a party or two. And, during this time of year, there’s no shortage of delectable snacks. If you need to come up with a dish to pass, we have a recipe for a tasty treat that your friends and family are sure to enjoy. Bring delicious holiday flavor to the party with this great cheese ball recipe from Taste of Home. A fun blend of holiday flavors, this recipe will no doubt be a hit!

Holiday Gorgonzola-Cranberry Cheese Ball

Ingredients

1 8 oz. package softened cream cheese

4 oz. crumbled Gorgonzola cheese

1 cup dried cranberries

2 tbsp. each of finely chopped onion, celery, green pepper and sweet red pepper

¼ tsp. hot sauce

¾ cup chopped pecans

Directions

Combine cheeses in a small mixing bowl. Add in all other ingredients except nuts. Combine until all ingredients are well distributed; roll into a ball. Wrap ball in plastic wrap and refrigerate for one hour, or until firm. Roll chilled cheese ball in pecans. Serve with an assortment of crackers.

Furnace breakdowns seem to come at the worst time – like during a holiday get-together. You should know, when you call All Seasons to help in a heating emergency, we’ll be there. We try to help keep your season bright by getting you the repair services you need. Simply give us a call at (631) 694-1616 and we’ll be happy to help.

7 Ways to Stretch Your Energy Dollars this Winter

Winter is on its way, and that means you can expect colder weather ahead. Nobody likes to think about the high costs associated with winter utility bills, but they’re an unfortunate reality. Luckily, there are ways you can help keep them at a dull roar – and put more money in your pocket when Old Man Winter comes to call. In an article in US News & World Report, author Niccole Schreck offers some pointers on how to save.

Here’s how you can stay cozy – and energy efficient – this year:

Follow the sun. Open south-facing curtains and let the sunlight naturally warm your home during the day. Close curtains in the evening when the weather gets chillier to keep the heat in and the cold out.

Get cozy. When you’re hanging out around the house, bundle up in warm sweaters and socks and throw on a pair of fuzzy slippers. Curl up on the couch or in your favorite easy chair under a comfy fleece throw.

Become a warm air fan. If you have ceiling fans in your home, you know they can help you stay cool in the summer, but did you know they could help keep you warm in the winter? Change them to clockwise on a low setting to keep the warm air circulating in your home rather than hanging out on the ceiling.

Go programmable. Choosing a programmable thermostat can help you keep your home at an optimal, energy-saving temperature all throughout the day. Program it at a warmer temperature when people will be milling around your home, but keep it a few degrees cooler when you’re at work or during sleeping hours.

Change your furnace filter. A blocked, dirty furnace filter not only spews dusty air all around your home. It also forces your furnace to work harder – and that means higher utility bills. Not sure how to change your furnace filter? All Seasons can send one of our professionals to your home to show you how – or do it for you!

Get down with LED. LED holiday lights use about 75 percent less energy than traditional holiday lights, and last about 25 percent longer. And, unplug your lights when you’re not home or before bed. Even if they’re not in use, they can still sap energy if they’re plugged in.

Keep it insulated. You can only do so much to save energy if your home lacks the proper insulation. Homes that don’t have enough insulation lose heat in the winter and gain heat in the summer, making comfort systems inefficient. If you can, invest in better insulation, but at the very least seal drafts around doors and windows with foam weather stripping and fill in cracks with spray foam.

Want to learn more about how you can enjoy better efficiency in your home this winter? Simply give All Seasons a call and we will be happy to assist you. Just give us a call at (631) 694-1616 and we’ll help you stay warm and toasty all winter long.

How Can a Heating Maintenance Agreement Help if You Need a Repair?

Many times, when customers think of a maintenance agreement, they think it’s just about having their HVAC equipment checked out on an annual basis. But when you choose a service contract from All Seasons, you’ll get the maintenance you need – and much more. That’s because our service contracts are comprehensive plans that benefit customers on many different levels.

Here’s what a service plan from All Seasons can do for you:

  • Lower utility bills: When your equipment is properly maintained, it runs better. And when it runs better, it uses less energy – which ultimately saves you money on your energy bills. Your motors will run more efficiently. Because filters will be clean, air will flow more freely, helping your equipment operate more easily.
  • Extended equipment life: Imagine if you never changed the oil in your car, installed new wiper blades when the old ones wore out, or put on a new set of tires… your car probably wouldn’t last too long. Your comfort equipment is the same way. It’s a complex machine, and needs yearly fine-tuning to make it last.
  • Maintenance of equipment history: With a service plan, we’ll maintain records on your home comfort equipment. Because we’ll know when check-ups are due, we’ll call you to schedule. And we’ll have the information available to us that will help you maintain warranties and keep track of concerns and repairs.

Speaking of repairs, having a service contract can also help in the event you need repair services. That’s because our customers with service contracts receive preferential service. You’ve invested in us, so we invest in you – by providing you with 24-hour emergency service and placing you at the top of the list when we have multiple calls. Because we’re already checking your system on a regular basis, you can expect repairs to likely be fewer and less costly, too.

 

And, new customers can save 25 percent on a new service contract when they sign up before December 31, 2017. Visit our specials page and fill out our convenient contact form to get the maintenance contract you need before this offer ends!

Need a New Furnace this Winter? Consider High Efficiency.

If you’ve been thinking about installing a new furnace in your home, you probably want to find one that will provide you with years of use, as well as energy efficiency. At All Seasons, we always strive to provide our clients with the best furnaces on the market today. We sell and install quality Carrier® products that are manufactured to provide the best in durability and efficiency.

Your furnace system is one of the largest consumers of energy in your home. If it’s an older furnace, it’s likely that it also is an inefficient one. So if you’ve been paying a lot to have repairs made and you’ve seen your energy bills on the rise, then you probably should think about how installing a new, high efficiency furnace could benefit you. Not only will your family enjoy better comfort, but also you’ll save significantly on your utility bills.

High efficiency furnaces can help you save on your energy bills.

Carrier offers ENERGY STAR® qualified furnaces ranging from 95.5 to 98.5 percent efficiency. That means these furnaces provide your home with the comfort you need and experience less than five percent heat loss. What does that mean for you? A warmer, more comfortable home without the high utility bills! Not to mention, our factory-trained technicians will install your new furnace promptly and to perfection.

As a Carrier Factory Authorized Dealer, our team of licensed, certified technicians has been specially trained to offer expert HVAC installation. We keep our trucks fully stocked with everything we need for any job. As a result, you can count on your furnace being installed quickly and professionally. When you decide you need a furnace, one of our furnaces specialists will meet with you, and help you select the most efficient system for your needs and lifestyle. Your furnace installation will always be specific to the unique needs of your home.

If you’d like to upgrade to a newer, more efficient furnace system this year, you can count on us to help. We’re the comfort control people! Just give us a call at (631) 694-1616. We’ll be happy to help you get a furnace that keeps you and your family warm and toasty – and keeps your utility bills from breaking the bank!

Celebrate the Flavor of the Season with This Tasty Pumpkin Recipe

When fall rolls around, everything turns to pumpkin! Pumpkin spice coffee and sweet treats like pumpkin muffins and donuts are everywhere – people can’t seem to get enough of this cheery member of the squash family. If you have a fall get-together, why not bring along some of the favored flavor of the season? We’re sharing a tasty recipe for pumpkin cheesecake bars – they’re a great dessert for fall and will be the star of the show, for sure! We found this recipe on Taste of Home, and think you’ll find it as yummy as we did!

Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars

Ingredients

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 5 tablespoons cold butter
  • 1 cup finely chopped pecans
  • 1 8-oz. package cream cheese
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • ½ cup canned pumpkin
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 ½ teaspoons pumpkin pie spice

Directions

  1. In a large bowl, combine flour and brown sugar. Cut in butter until crumbs form. Add pecans; set aside ¾ cup for topping.
  2. Press remaining crumb mixture in greased 8×8 baking pan. Bake at 350º F for 15 minutes or until edges are lightly browned. Place pan on wire rack.
  3. In a large bowl, beat cream cheese and sugar together until smooth. Add pumpkin, eggs, vanilla and pumpkin pie spice; blend. Pour over baked crust. Sprinkle with remainder of pecan crumb mixture.
  4. Bake for 30-35 minutes, or until golden brown. Cool on wire rack. Cut into bars to serve. Refrigerate.

While these pumpkin cheesecake bars are indeed delicious, nothing takes the cake quite like a comfortable home. When you choose All Seasons, you can count on us taking care of all your home comfort needs, from heating, to cooling, to indoor air quality. Just give us a call at 631.694.1616 and we’ll help you stay comfortable all year long.

Pick the Perfect Apple this Fall!

Looking for something fun to do on a weekend this fall? Why not try apple picking? It’s the perfect autumn activity, and one the whole family can enjoy together. There are many places on Long Island where you can go and pick your own apples, as well as numerous farmers’ markets that sell many different varieties. But, before you go picking (or purchasing), what’s your apple IQ?

Here are a few factoids that may help you on your apple adventure from the New York Apple Association.

  • New apple varieties are being created all the time. New to the scene are the RubyFrost® and SnapDragon® varieties. The RubyFrost is a brilliant red apple with crisp texture and sweet-tart taste, and the SnapDragon is a hybrid of the Honeycrisp and is very crunchy with a spicy-sweet flavor.
  • Empire apples were developed at Cornell University in the 1940s. They are a blend of two all-time favorite apple varieties, Red Delicious and McIntosh. They are very crisp, have a white flesh, are sweet-tart and juicy, and are super versatile. They can be used for eating right off the tree, or for salads, sauces, baking and pies.
  • Rome apples are one of the most widely grown in New York State, although they originated in Ohio in the early 1800s. People love these tart apples for baking and cooking because they keep their shape and their tart flavor. Choose them for a delicious side of fried apple slices the next time you have pork chops!
  • Want an apple that lasts a long time and packs an awesome crunch? Then choose Zestar!®, a relatively new variety. This apple was developed at the University of Minnesota, is perfect for eating, and has a sweet-tart flavor. It lasts for days outside of the fridge, and can last for weeks when refrigerated.
  • If you want an apple that’s perfect for all your cooking and baking needs, choose the 20 Ounce. This great big apple is great for pies, baking and applesauce. In fact, it was probably the kind of apple your grandmother used in her apple pies!

After your apple-picking adventure, it’s always great to come home to a warm, cozy house. You can rest assured that your home will be comfortable all year long when you choose All Seasons for your home comfort needs. We’re a full-service HVAC company, offering heating, cooling, air quality solutions and more. Just give us a call at 631.694.1616 and we’ll help you stay comfortable, no matter what the season.

Fall Allergies – Common Triggers and How We Can Help You!

Ah, fall! The most colorful season of the year, when apples abound and the air is filled with the warm scent of pumpkin spice. Everyone loves this time of year… except those who suffer from seasonal allergies. While autumn is definitely beautiful, it’s a little hard to enjoy it if you’re sniffling, sneezing and coughing. So why is fall so tough on those who suffer from allergies? And is there anything that can be done to help?

Here are some of the biggest fall allergy triggers, as described by WebMD:

  • Ragweed: If you’re allergic to spring blooms, chances are you’re also allergic to ragweed. Ragweed pollen can travel miles on the wind, so it stands to reason it can come into your house through an open window.
  • Mold: Fall is the season for mold growth. Those piles of leaves you’ve raked up? They’re the perfect breeding ground for mold – and pets, kids, and yes, even you, can track that mold inside.
  • Dust Mites: Ever notice when your furnace kicks on for the first time, so do your allergies? It’s likely, then, that you’re allergic to dust mites. They mix into the air in your home when your forced-air heat starts.

While it’s best to go to the doctor to determine if you’re suffering from allergies, there are some measures we can help you take in your home to help ensure your air quality is at its best. We’re pleased to offer:

When you call All Seasons, you can expect professional, expert product installation from our talented team of skilled technicians. Better indoor air means less time dealing with sneezing, sniffling, and itchy eyes and nasal passages, and more time enjoying your home! Just give us a call at 631.694.1616 and we’ll be happy to help you with all your air quality needs.

Fall is Here – Is Your Heating System Ready?

With the arrival of fall, so comes cooler temperatures, and before you know it you’ll be running your heating system on a regular basis. Is yours ready for the demands of winter? When you need help getting your furnace, boiler or ductless system ready for heating season, you should know you can count on All Seasons to help. We are a full-service home comfort contractor, and we provide our customers with a full range of heating products and services.

We’re pleased to offer:

  • Heating Service: Did you know that having your heating system serviced on an annual basis is one of the best ways to keep it running effectively and efficiently? We provide you with the best preventive maintenance service available, so you can count on your heating system running great this winter, and for years to come.
  • New Heating Systems: If your home is ready for a new heating system, we can help! We sell top-quality heating equipment manufactured by some of the top names in the home comfort industry. And, our skilled technicians will provide you with professional installation to your complete satisfaction.
  • Heating Repair: Unfortunately, heating systems sometimes suffer a breakdown. It’s good to know that All Seasons is a contractor you can count on if you need any repairs. We offer emergency services, too – we are available to assist you 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
  • Ductless Heating: If you have an area of your home that could benefit from heating, but where ductwork is either impossible or impractical, then you may want to consider ductless heating. All Seasons can install your ductless system quickly and with minimal construction mess, so you’ll be warm and toasty in no time.
  • Heating Maintenance Agreements: All Seasons is pleased to offer our customers heating system maintenance agreements. When you choose a maintenance agreement from us, you’ll get priority service and a yearly tune-up. We’ll make sure your system is running safely, efficiently and effectively.

Getting the best heating products and services for your home is as easy as calling All Seasons. We’ll help you get the fall maintenance you need to make sure that when Old Man Winter arrives, you’ll be prepared. Just give us a call at 631.694.1616 and we’ll help you with all your home heating needs.

Grilled Peaches Combine Tastes of Summer

Summer is the time when people fire up their grills, and cooking out becomes the norm. Grilled meats and veggies are certainly staples of the season, and nothing smells more delicious than a steak and some peppers and onions grilling over an open flame. But did you know your barbecue is also the perfect place to whip up a delectable dessert or two?

Peaches offer one of the favorite flavors of summer, too. As tasty as they are fresh from the farmers’ market, the sweet fruit is also outstanding from the grill. That’s why we’re sharing a flavorful, rum-infused recipe for marinated grilled peaches, from Rock Recipes. Enjoy!

Rum Marinated Grilled Peaches

Ingredients

  • 4 ripe peaches
  • 4 oz. amber rum
  • 1 tbsp. brown sugar
  • 4 tbsp. cinnamon sugar
  • Vanilla ice cream

Directions

  • Halve peaches and remove pits. Place in baking dish, centers up.
  • Dissolve brown sugar in rum; pour over peaches making sure holes are filled with liquid.
  • Cover dish with plastic wrap tightly; place in fridge anywhere between 2 hours and overnight.
  • When ready to grill, remove peaches from baking dish and reserve marinade.
  • Sprinkle cut sides of peaches with cinnamon sugar; grill over open heat a couple of minutes per side.
  • Serve with a scoop of vanilla ice cream, drizzle with reserved rum marinade.

If your home is feeling as hot as your grill this summer, it’s probably time to call All Seasons. We can help you get the air conditioning you need, or repair the one you have. Just give us a call at 631.694.1616 and we’ll be happy to help you get the cool comfort you need to feel just peachy!

Keeping Cool During a Heat Wave

August is upon us, and that often means that we’re in for a few scorchers. If you’re concerned about getting too hot when the sweltering temperatures hit, you’re not alone. Most people look for ways to stay cool, especially those who are at high risk for heat-related illness, such as older people, small children, those with heart and lung concerns and those who work outside in the heat. Special precautions need to be taken to stay healthy when the heat index is high. The N.Y. State Dept. of Health offers some tips on how you can stay cool.

Of course, one of their top recommendations is that you use an air conditioner to cool down, or go to an air-conditioned building. If you don’t have an air conditioner, you may want to consider having one installed, especially if you have the risk factors above that could cause heat-related illness. If you don’t, some municipalities offer cooling centers in case of heat emergencies. Find out where those are located, as well as other air-conditioned buildings you can go to, such as malls, libraries, cafés, or friends’ homes.

Here are a few other ways you can keep cool during a heat wave:

  • Make sure you drink lots of fluids. Water is best. Stay away from alcohol, as well as beverages high in caffeine and/or sugar.
  • Take cool showers or baths.
  • Take breaks from physical activity, especially outside. Avoid it if you can during the hottest part of the day, usually between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m.
  • Loose, lightweight, light-colored clothing made from natural fabrics helps you stay cooler.
  • Stay out of direct sunlight, if possible. Make sure you use sunscreen and wear a straw or mesh hat.
  • Time spent in parked cars should be kept to a minimum. This especially goes for pets, kids, the elderly and those with special needs.
  • Make sure you keep an eye on your neighbors, particularly the elderly or those with health concerns or special needs.

If you decide air conditioning will help you best beat the summer heat, make sure you choose a contractor who’s fully licensed, insured and reliable. You’ll want someone who not only can install your system, but offers quality equipment and full service, including maintenance and repair, after the sale. All Seasons provides all of this and more. We’ve been helping people with their home cooling needs since 1968 – we’re the comfort control people! Our technicians are trained to provide expert, professional installations and quality customer service. Just give us a call at 631.694.1616 and we’ll help you find the right AC for your home this summer.