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How to Know if You Need AC Repair for Your Huntington, NY Home

With summer weather coming, it won’t be long before you need to switch on the AC. Maybe, though, you noticed you weren’t staying as cool last summer as you would have liked. Or maybe your energy bills were higher than they had been previously. If you’ve been unhappy with the performance of your Huntington, NY home’s AC system, then it’s likely a wise decision to have it checked out by a qualified technician.

There are many warning signs that the air conditioning system in your Huntington, NY home could have an issue. Some, of course, are more noticeable than others. But the small problems that require an easy fix can often turn into larger, much more expensive repairs down the road. Knowing the signs of potential AC failure are helpful, so you can get the fixes you need right away.

Three Signs That You Need AC Repair For Your Huntington, NY Home

Airflow Seems Limited. Have you noticed that the airflow through your ducts seems limited, or that some rooms are cooler than others? There are a couple of different possibilities in this case. The first one is a relatively simple fix. If the airflow is weak, there’s a possibility you need to change your filter or clean out your ducts. And, making sure your filter and ducts are clean not only helps your AC system perform better; it also helps keep the air in your home cleaner and fresher. Worst-case scenario? You may be having compressor issues. So, if you notice limited airflow, you should call a professional for help.

Leaks Around Your Unit. Never ignore it when you notice that there seems to be excess dampness around your Huntington, NY home’s AC unit. You could possibly have a clogged condensate drain, and while not a serious issue, ignoring it could cause mold growth in your AC unit. A more serious concern is a refrigerant leak, which could be harmful to you and the environment. Not to mention, without the proper refrigerant levels, your system won’t perform optimally. Call in a qualified tech to get to the root of the problem. They’ll easily be able to get your condensate drain unclogged. And, if you have a refrigerant leak, they’ll make the repairs you need right away and get your unit charged with the right amount and type of refrigerant.

Strange Noises. If the AC system at your Huntington, NY home is making strange sounds, you should shut it off and have it checked out by an expert right away. Sounds like grinding, screeching and squealing are all indicators of a mechanical failure. While it could be something as simple as parts needing lubrication or belt replacement, it could be a sign that your unit is in need of replacement.

Of course, regular air conditioning maintenance can help prevent premature system failure. Your technician will make sure everything is clean, parts are properly lubricated and refrigerant levels are appropriate. They’ll perform a thorough inspection of your system, and make any small repairs to your Huntington, NY home’s AC system, before they become larger, more expensive repairs.

When you need air conditioning services for your Huntington, NY home, count on All Seasons – the comfort control people! We’ll assist 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.

AC Tune Ups for Optimal System Performance

This is the time of year when people start to think about summer cooling. Is your air conditioning system ready for the warmer weather ahead? It can be, when you make sure you get the preventive maintenance you need in the spring. Getting an AC tune up is one of the most important things you can do for your home cooling system, but why?

According to the Department of Energy (DOE), there are many reasons why you should have your AC system tuned up on an annual basis. The main reason, however is that your system will not perform optimally without it. The DOE says, “Neglecting necessary maintenance ensures a steady decline in air conditioning performance while energy use steadily increases.”

What does that mean for you, the homeowner? Without proper maintenance, your AC system simply will not perform as well as it should. You won’t be able to adequately cool your space, and chances are, your system will run harder than it needs to. And, that can lead to wear and tear, and eventually, system failure. Additionally, it will require more energy to operate your system – and that will lead to higher utility bills.

So, how does an AC tune up ensure optimal system performance?

When you choose to have your air conditioning serviced by one of the qualified technicians at All Seasons, your AC will receive the tender loving care it needs to run perfectly throughout the summer months. We’ll make sure the filter is clean, and if not, we’ll replace it. And we’ll clean your coils, straighten your coil fins, and make sure your condensate drain is working properly.

Additionally, we’ll check refrigerant levels and make sure there are no leaks. If your air conditioning system is in need of refrigerant, we’ll charge it with the proper type. Not every system uses the same kind of refrigerant, and it’s important to make sure the correct kind is used for optimal system performance. We’ll check belts and electric components, and we’ll look for any small concerns that could be come large – and expensive – issues down the road.

The AC tune up you need for optimal system performance is just a phone call away. 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.

Looking for a Refreshing Spring Dish? Try This Spring Roll Salad.

Spring is here, and that means our thoughts are turning to lighter things, including tasty salads and foods compared to heartier winter fare. Why not start the season off right with this crispy, crunchy salad from Tablespoon, inspired by the spring roll? This easy salad is chock full of flavor as well as nutritious veggies, so you can enjoy it any time you’d like. Take it to work for a healthy lunch, or share it at a party with friends. However you prefer to serve it, we’re sure it will help you “spring” into the season – deliciously!

Inside-Out Chinese Spring Roll Salad

Ingredients

  • Black sesame seeds
  • 1 tsp. minced garlic
  • 1 tsp. minced fresh ginger
  • 1 tsp. soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp. sriracha sauce
  • 1 tbsp. plum
  • 1 tbsp. sesame seed oil
  • 2 tbsp. lime juice
  • 1 green onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 carrot, peeled and chopped into matchsticks
  • 4 radishes, thinly sliced
  • ¼ cup chopped cilantro
  • ½ cup sliced water chestnuts
  • ½ cup chopped red pepper, cut into matchsticks
  • ½ cup peeled and chopped cucumber
  • ½ cup bean sprouts
  • 1 cup chopped baby corn
  • 1 cup chopped radish leaves
  • 3 cups shredded green cabbage

Directions

In a large bowl combine veggies and toss lightly. In a separate small bowl, whisk together lime juice, sesame oil, plum sauce, sriracha, soy sauce, minced ginger and garlic. Pour mixture evenly over salad in large bowl; toss lightly to combine. Sprinkle with sesame seeds when serving.

At All Seasons, we can help your home comfort system get ready for spring by providing you with top-notch service. When you call us for annual maintenance, your system will receive the service and tune-up it needs to run its best all summer long. Just give us a call at 631.694.1616 and we’ll be happy to help you.

Welcome Fine Feathered Friends to Your Home This Spring

Springtime has arrived, and soon the trees will be budding, flowers will be blooming, and birds will be singing their morning wake-up songs. Do you love watching and listening to songbirds, but aren’t sure how to attract more to your yard? The National Wildlife Federation offers some simple tips on how you can welcome birds of all sorts to your home this spring. These suggestions will help you attract birds of all sorts, from migratory species to birds that stay on Long Island all year long.

Provide Water: Birds need water, just like any other living thing – especially migratory birds. Sometimes, especially in winter and spring, it may be hard for them to access a birdbath, however. Offering a source of moving water will help the birds locate it by sound. You can find specialty products such as small fountains and bubblers at most bird supply stores.

Offer an All-You-Can-Eat Buffet: Not all bird species eat the same thing, so offering a variety of nutrition sources is key to getting many different types of birds to visit your lawn. Black oil sunflower seed is popular among a number of wild birds, including jays, chickadees, and cardinals. Smaller birds, like the goldfinch, enjoy thistle, and a mix of seed types can attract many different birds (and the neighborhood squirrel).

Offering suet and peanut butter treats in the winter can help keep the local bird population happy and healthy. And, if you’d love a visit from the tiny hummingbird, offer a nectar (sugar water) feeder. Avoid the red-dyed nectar, though.

Leaf it Up: Want to attract birds that like bugs, such as robins and towhees, to your yard? Then place a few small piles of leaves around your yard. This will create a natural habitat for insects that birds love to munch, such as grubs.

Create a Bird Sanctuary: Having plenty of different types of food to go around certainly helps bring birds to your yard, but there are other measures you can take to ensure your home is the neighborhood hangout. Place feeders closer to shrubs and trees (with some allowance for any cats who may be lurking about) and birds will dart out to enjoy some seed from their safety cover in the vegetation. And, remember to keep up with feeding the birds year-round. You can help them survive the cold winters, and they’ll return for generations to your yard.

Having your air conditioning system break down during warm weather is, as they say, for the birds. Why not give All Seasons a call this spring for the seasonal maintenance your AC needs to run its best? Just give us a call at 631.694.1616 and we’ll be happy to help you.

Spring Maintenance from All Seasons Helps Your AC Run All Summer Long

If you have an air conditioning system in your home, chances are it was an investment. And, like any other costly equipment, you want it to last a long time and run effectively and efficiently. Of course, you make sure your vehicle is well maintained, from oil changes to new tires and wiper blades. But, do you do the same for your AC?

When you work with the professionals at All Seasons, you can count on expert seasonal maintenance for your air conditioning system. We offer AC maintenance agreements that help your system run more smoothly and use less energy – and that translates into savings for you on your utility bills. We’ll provide you with a precision tune-up for your system, and make sure any small repairs are made to your system before they become larger, more expensive ones.

How Maintenance Helps Your AC

The Department of Energy indicates that keeping your AC properly maintained is key to system longevity and effectiveness. They recommend that the air conditioner’s filters, coils and fins receive regular maintenance in order to work properly throughout its years of service. For instance, filters left unchecked can block normal airflow, thus greatly reducing system efficiency.

At All Seasons, we’ve been helping people on Long Island get the air conditioning maintenance they need for 50 years. You can trust us to help you stay cool all summer long as well. We know every lifestyle – and every home – is different, so we offer AC maintenance agreements suited to your unique needs.

Getting spring service for your air conditioning system can help it run great all summer long. When you need an air conditioning maintenance agreement, count on All Seasons – we’re the comfort control people. We’ll help you with any air conditioning need you may have. Just give us a call at 631.694.1616 and we’ll be happy to help you.

Thinking About Going Ductless? Here’s What You Should Know.

If you’ve been considering new air conditioning for your home, you may have been doing some research. And you probably have come across some information on ductless, or mini-split, AC systems. While ductless has been around for a while, it’s recently been gaining popularity, especially in the Northeast, because new technologies have made it a viable year-round home comfort source. Have you been curious about ductless cooling? Keep reading to learn more.

First of all, ductless cooling is, essentially, an air conditioning system that does not require ductwork installation. That makes it a perfect choice for older homes that don’t have ducted systems already in place. This can include homes that have used electric or radiant heat sources, or areas of homes that have been added or converted, like basements, attics or garages. Choosing ductless in these situations saves expensive – and sometimes extensive – remodeling.

Ductless offers advanced efficiency, too.

Not to mention, because these systems use no ducts, they are intrinsically more efficient than other systems. In fact, according to the Department of Energy, “duct losses can account for more than 30 percent of energy consumption for space conditioning, especially if the ducts are in an unconditioned space such as an attic.” And, because mini-spilt systems offer zoned cooling and heating, you’re only conditioning the air in a particular space when it’s occupied. And that will help you save energy and money!

Another benefit of a ductless system is that it not only provides cooling in the summer, but heating in the winter as well. Using an advanced heat pump technology, a ductless system is essentially two systems in one. So if you need to replace both your heating and your air conditioning systems, ductless may be a great choice for your home. And, it’s much less obtrusive than a clunky window air conditioner or a space heater.

You’ll enjoy greater flexibility with ductless.

In fact, ductless systems offer a lot of flexibility when it comes to interior design options. The air handler portion of the system can be suspended from a ceiling, mounted into a drop ceiling, or wall-hung. Systems generally have slim profiles and have a sleek appearance that blends in well with most décor. And because most systems have a remote control option, they can be placed high up on walls or in ceilings out of the way of your living space.

Think ductless might be a great option for your Long Island home? Then count on All Seasons – we’re the comfort control people! We’ll help you with all your air conditioning needs. Just give us a call at 631.694.1616 and we’ll be happy to help you.

St. Patrick’s Day is Around the Corner – Get Your Slow Cooker Ready!

St. Patrick’s Day will be here before you know it. One tradition that many people enjoy is the annual corned beef and cabbage feast that graces tables all across America. If you and your family enjoy this celebratory fare, then this year you have the luck of the Irish, because preparing it just got a lot simpler! This one-pot slow cooker recipe courtesy of the Martha Stewart website takes minutes to prepare, and yields a hearty meal in just a few hours.

Slow-Cooker Corned Beef & Cabbage

Ingredients

  • 2 celery stalks, cut into large pieces
  • 1 small onion, wedged
  • 6 sprigs thyme
  • ½ head cabbage, wedged
  • 3 carrots, cut into large pieces
  • ½ lb. small potatoes, halved
  • 1 3-lb. corned beef brisket and enclosed spice packet

Directions

  • Place celery, carrots, onion, potatoes and thyme in 5-6 qt. slow cooker.
  • Place the corned beef fat side up on top of vegetables.
  • Sprinkle with spice packet.
  • Add enough water to cover meat and vegetables, about 5 cups.
  • Cover and cook either on high for 4 ¼ hours, or 8 ½ hours on low.
  • Arrange cabbage over meat, cover, and cook an additional 45 minutes (or 1 ½ hours on low).
  • When done, slice brisket thinly against the grain, and serve with vegetables and cooking liquid.

Another great tradition is choosing us to help you with your home comfort needs.

We’ve been keeping people comfortable for 50 years, and we can help you, too! Whether you need heating, cooling or indoor air quality products, you can trust us to offer you the best products and services available. Just give us a call at (631) 694-1616 to learn more.

Seven Ways You Can De-Stress This Midwinter

Winter can be a time of year when stress levels are on the rise. The days are shorter, and that means less sunlight. Not to mention, winter weather often means that commutes to work are difficult and people are cooped up indoors. When you add this all together, you might find yourself feeling tired, agitated and maybe even a little blue.

An article in The Huffington Post shared a few pointers that can help when you’re trying to put the stress on hold and relax. We’re sharing seven of they way they mentioned that can help you de-stress and shake the doldrums. And the best part? These tips will cost you little to nothing, and have scientific backing behind them.

Seven Ways You Can De-Stress

Take a Walk. While this isn’t always possible in the winter, a quick walk can do wonders for your stress levels. That’s because even moderate exercise can help boost your endorphin levels, which in turn lower stress hormones.

Talk to Your Plants. If you don’t have a houseplant, consider buying one. Plants can help purify your air, and help calm you. Studies have shown that people physically respond to an environment with plants better than one without.

Unplug. We live in an age where it’s hard to step away from the computer screen, but we need to unplug for less stress and better sleep. Take breaks during the day if you’re on the computer a lot, and turn it off an hour before bed.

Phone a Friend. In a study of middle school children, it was found that when the teens spent time with their closest friends, the production of stress hormones decreased. Psychologists agree that it is the same for adults.

Go Bananas. Or potatoes. Eating either provides your body with the potassium it needs to help regulate blood pressure and increase energy.

Break Out the Crayons. Adult coloring books are popular for a reason – repetitive motions using fine motor skills, like those required in coloring or other crafts, can help reduce anxiety and relieve stress.

Tune In. The old saying, “music soothes the savage beast” has truth in it – it tends to slow the heart rate, reduce blood pressure and can even decrease stress hormone levels. Bonus – it also helps increase levels of “happy” neurochemicals like dopamine in your brain.

And at All Seasons, we’ll do our part in helping to reduce your stress.

You can count on us to help you with your heating and cooling needs – whether you need maintenance, repair or a brand-new installation. We take your comfort seriously and strive to meet your needs promptly, professionally and thoroughly. Just give us a call at (631) 694-1616 and we’ll make your home comfort needs worry-free!

All Seasons Celebrating 50 Years of Service

Reaching 50 years is a milestone that’s often difficult for a business to reach. At All Seasons, we’re pleased to be celebrating a half a century in 2018. We’ve achieved this milestone because of one thing – our customers. We work hard to serve you in the best way possible, and your satisfaction is always our top priority. Because of that, we’ve earned a reputation for excellence in air conditioning and heating, and we attribute that to our expert technicians.

With an average of more than 20 years experience, our technicians are some of the most highly trained in the industry. Renowned architects have come to appreciate our expertise, often consulting with us when designing new systems and when they need solutions to problems with existing ones. And, residential customers appreciate our personalized service and our commitment to keeping their families comfortable year round.

We’ve been providing expert HVAC services since the 1960s.

We started All Seasons in 1968 by offering customers quality products and services that provided year-round comfort, both at home and in the office. Since then, we’ve grown as an expert in the installation and servicing of air conditioning, heating, humidification, indoor air quality and air management systems. Today, we have the staff and technology to meet all your comfort needs, from basic units, to custom-designed systems.

All Seasons provides our customers with the best HVAC products from premier manufacturers like Carrier®, Mitsubishi® and Daikin®, as well as services that will exceed expectations. You can rely on us to provide:

And not to mention, we even have an HVAC boat, to better serve our customers who live on Fire Island!

Everything we do is about making our customers’ lives better – and more comfortable. That’s why we’ve succeeded in HVAC for 50 years, and why we hope to for another 50. The best quality, the best products and the best service. When it comes to your comfort, your best choice in a heating and cooling company is All Seasons. To find out how we can help you with any of your residential or commercial HVAC needs, just give us a call at (631) 694-1616.

Can’t Get All of Your “Ducts” in a Row? Choose Ductless!

Has the time come to upgrade your old electric heating system? If you have an electric system, you know it can be costly. Not to mention, baseboard heating can be a concern when it comes to your home furnishings, toddlers or pets. What if there was a choice that not only would provide you with an energy-efficient heating system – but could also offer air conditioning in the summer? The good news? There is – ductless heating and cooling.

Of course, the main advantage of a ductless system is that it can be installed in your home without the need for additional ductwork. That means you won’t have to deal with messy construction in order to have better home comfort. Ductless systems are built to provide targeted comfort in areas of the home where ductwork is impossible or impractical, which makes it the perfect solution when it comes to replacing electric or radiant heat.

Modern ductless can even work in colder climates.

And, today’s ductless systems are equipped with advanced technologies that allow them to operate efficiently, even in colder climates. With a mini-split system, you can provide ductless heating and cooling throughout your home. Since each unit is independently controlled, you can perfectly adjust your home comfort to just the right level. What’s more, ductless systems offer incredible efficiency – the Department of Energy indicates that today’s systems can reduce electricity usage by close to 50 percent, when compared to baseboard heat.

Another benefit to choosing ductless is better air quality in your home. In addition to heating and cooling your home, your ductless system will also help to dehumidify your home. Because excess moisture is removed from the air, problems like mold and mildew are reduced – and that makes the air you breathe safer and cleaner. Plus, ductless systems operate quietly, and are manufactured with specialized compressors that are built to have a longer life.

Getting ductless for your home is as easy as calling All Seasons.

Ductless heating and cooling provides better comfort year in and year out. At All Seasons, we can expertly install your ductless system. Want to learn more about how you can enjoy year-round comfort – as well as year-round energy savings? Ask us about ductless today. Just give us a call at (631) 694-1616 and we will be more than happy to help.