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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.

Need Better Indoor Air? All Seasons Can Help.

When the weather is hot and humid, even with air conditioning in your home it can be easier to notice unpleasant odors. In the summertime, people experience different indoor air concerns than winter, when the air can be dusty and dry. Warmer weather means cooking and pet odors linger, molds and pollens thrive and damp air can make your home sticky and uncomfortable. Improving your indoor air quality doesn’t have to be difficult, though. The right HVAC professional can install the products you need to breathe easier.

Improving the air in your home does more than just keep odors and moisture at bay. It also helps make the air you and your family breathes on a daily basis healthier. Many products are very effective at removing mold, pollen, pet dander and even bacteria from the air in your home. That’s good news for anyone who suffers from respiratory issues like allergies and asthma. When you work with All Seasons, we’ll help you discover what products will make the air you breathe fresher and healthier.

We’re pleased to offer our customers a comprehensive list of indoor air quality solutions that can help with specific needs:

Purifiers

The air inside your home is often circulated and re-circulated, blowing around airborne pathogens that can cause problems for everyone. That’s especially troublesome for those with breathing or immune system concerns. Air purifiers effectively remove bacteria, pollen, animal dander and other pollutants as small as 0.01 microns. That’s 18,000 times smaller than the head of a pin!

Ultraviolet Air Purification

Installing a top-quality ultraviolet air purifier eliminates mold and bacteria. Plus, it kills the organisms that can grow in your home’s cooling system. When you choose a UV air purifier from us, you’ll enjoy improved air quality and an increase in the performance of your home comfort system.

Filtration

One of the simplest ways you can keep the air in your home cleaner and fresher is by regularly change your system’s air filter. Air filters trap pollutants, allergens and other microscopic particles that can cause your indoor air to be of poor quality. All Seasons can install your air filters for you. We’ll help ensure that you and your family are breathing cleaner indoor air, and that your system has a longer life.

Air Cleaners

Is there someone in your home who is sensitive to odors, chemical vapors, cooking fumes and other airborne contaminants? Then you might want to consider an air cleaner for your home from All Seasons. Our home air cleaners help get rid of odors and chemical vapors. What’s more, they also eliminate other contaminants like pollen, dirt, pet dander, mites, bacteria, viruses and mold.

Fresh Air Ventilators

This type of ventilation system will bring fresh air into your home without losing heating or cooling energy. Their unique energy exchange system transfers the heating and cooling energy from the stale air being exhausted from your home to the fresh air the ventilation fans bring into your home.

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.

It’s Never Too Late for Ductless Air Conditioning

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With summer in full swing, chances are you’ve been relying on your air conditioning system to keep you cool. Chances are, you need your AC to make your home a comfortable retreat from the heat outside. Maybe this summer, though, you’ve noticed your air conditioning isn’t keeping some areas in your home as cool as you’d like.

Spaces in your home that lack ductwork are hard to keep cool and can make your central air conditioning system work overtime. If you’d like to balance out your home’s cooling system and bring comfort control to all areas of your home, ductless AC is an option.

Ductless AC works without needing to add ductwork.

Ductless air conditioning is made to work without adding additional ductwork to your home. Since many ductless systems also provide heating, you’ll be able to keep your space comfortable year round. This type of system is perfect for an addition, converted attic, finished basement or sunroom. Because you won’t have to worry about the mess that comes with additional ductwork, you can have a ductless air conditioning system installed in your home at any time. And, you won’t have to worry about a lot of disruption to your daily life.

When you install a ductless air conditioner in your home, you’ll also find that they blend seamlessly into their surroundings. They’re made to perfectly complement home décor, and are slim and unobtrusive. But even more importantly, ductless systems are also quiet and energy efficient. They offer greater comfort control than traditional window AC units. That means, your views stay clear while saving you money on your energy bills. And, they help balance the existing cooling and heating in your home. Your central AC and furnace will run better and more efficiently, helping them last longer.

If you’ve noticed spaces in your home that could benefit from ductless, or you’d like to learn more about how ductless systems can keep your home’s comfort level balanced, All Seasons can help. 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 discover if ductless air conditioning is right for you.

Summer Brunch? Serve Up Some Frittata Realness!

Have friends visiting this summer? Instead of going out, why not serve them a delicious, homemade brunch right at your home? With this onion frittata recipe from Bon Appétit, you can kick your eggs up a notch. Fresh fruit salad, mimosas and crusty artisan breads are the perfect complements to this tasty recipe that is sure to please your guests. And, it’s easy to prepare – your company will only think you spent hours in the kitchen!

Onion Frittata

Ingredients

  • 8 large eggs
  • ½ cup finely grated Parmesan
  • 3 large fresh basil leaves, torn
  • 3 large fresh sage leaves, minced
  • 1 tsp. minced fresh rosemary
  • ¼ tsp. kosher salt
  • 1/8 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
  • 3 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 cup thinly sliced onion
  • 1/3 cup whole-milk ricotta

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 400ºF.
  • Whisk first seven ingredients in medium bowl. Set aside.
  • Heat oil in ovenproof, non-stick skillet over medium-high heat. Add onion, sauté until soft (about six minutes).
  • Reduce heat to low and stir in egg mixture. Spoon ricotta evenly over the mixture. Cook until the frittata starts to set (about 2 minutes).
  • Place pan in oven and bake until set (about seven to nine more minutes).
  • Remove from pan, cut into wedges and serve either hot or at room temperature.

Keeping your guests fed is one way to show them you care, keeping them comfortable is another. Trust All Seasons to help ensure your air conditioning system is running perfectly. When you need help, call us at (631) 694-1616, and we will be happy to help you with all of your home comfort needs.

Our HVAC Boat Keeps Your Fire Island Home Ship-Shape!

Fire Island, known for fabulous sunsets and being a lively summer spot, is home to seasonal and year-round residents alike. But, unlike other locations on Long Island, Fire Island can be hard-to-reach when it comes to things like an air conditioning system in need of repair. Most companies rely on the ferry schedule to get island residents the help they need.

When you choose All Seasons for the HVAC needs of your Fire Island home, we’ll come right to you, in our special HVAC boat!

Just like our trucks, we keep our HVAC boat fully stocked with all the necessities, so we’ll be able to help you in case of emergency – or even when you just need maintenance or a new installation. No matter what your need, we want you to rest assured we’re ready to assist you, whether you’re a seasonal Fire Island resident or live there year-round.

You can call on the All Seasons for more than just emergencies, too – we offer complete comfort services to Fire Island residents and businesses, which include air conditioning, heating, commercial HVAC and indoor air quality, all performed for you by our team of talented HVAC technicians.

So let our HVAC boat keep your Fire Island residence or business in ship-shape – when you need help, call us at (631) 694-1616, and we will be happy to help you with all of your home comfort needs.