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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!

Getting Your Deck Ready for Summer

The summer months are on their way, and that means enjoying more time outdoors with friends and family. Nothing is quite as relaxing as an entertaining evening out on the deck. But, if your home’s deck is in need of some maintenance, it may not be as much of a pleasant experience as you’d hope. Fortunately, HGTV has some tips on making sure your deck is summer-ready this year, which we’d like to share with you.

If you have a wood deck, you’ll want to make sure you inspect it thoroughly when the snow melts and the season changes. Wood decking can sustain some damage during the winter months, including the area under the deck as well. Wood can rot and/or grow mildew due to constant wet conditions over the winter months, and nails and screws can rust and fall out. So be sure these conditions don’t exist, and if they do, make the necessary repairs as soon as possible.

Once repairs are made, you should next clean your deck thoroughly. You’ll want to clean your deck with a formulation that is recommended by the stain manufacturer. If you pressure wash your deck, make sure you don’t do so on too high a setting, as this can cause damage to the wood.

After cleaning your deck, it’s time to apply a stain or sealant. Much like the snow in the winter, the sun’s rays can also damage your decking, causing it to dry out and split. For best results, you should make sure your deck has been properly stained or sealed every two to three years – if you wait any longer between cycles, you could have permanent damage on your hands.

If you have a composite deck, you won’t need to worry about staining and sealing, but you should check for the same repair concerns, and you should give it a thorough cleaning at the beginning of the season. Regardless of the type of deck you have installed, by following these tips and keeping your deck in good shape, you should be able to enjoy it this summer and for many summers into the future.

And while you’re thinking about maintaining your deck, why not give All Seasons a call to schedule your AC maintenance as well? We can help ensure your system is running effectively and efficiently, so that you and your family can enjoy cool comfort all summer long. Just call us at (631) 694-1616 and we’ll help you get your air conditioning system summer-ready in no time.

Live on Fire Island? Get the HVAC Services You Need!

If you’re in the process of getting your Fire Island summer home ready for the season ahead, don’t forget about your HVAC system. You’ll want to make sure your air conditioning system is prepared for the summer heat, and the best way to do that is by calling All Seasons for maintenance.

But why call All Seasons when you have other HVAC dealers to choose from? Well, not only are we seasoned professionals with years of HVAC experience under our belts – we also have an HVAC boat! That means we can get to Fire Island easily, with all the tools and equipment we need to get the job done right.

Just like our equipment trucks, we keep our HVAC boat completely stocked with all the necessities. We’ll come to your Fire Island home and provide you with the air conditioning maintenance you need to stay comfortable all summer long. Having your system maintained by All Seasons means it will run more effectively and efficiently, and our talented technicians will catch any small problems right away, so those minor repairs can be made before they turn into larger, more expensive ones.

And, All Seasons is able to provide you with repair and installation services as well. So whether you’re having a home comfort emergency, or need maintenance or a new installation, you can rest assured that we’re ready to help you. This summer, keep your Fire Island vacation home cool and comfortable by relying on us. Call us at (631) 694-1616, and we will be happy to help you with all of the home comfort needs of your Fire Island home.

Clearing the Air This Summer

Summer is almost here, and that means so is the warmer weather. Sometimes, the summer heat brings with it humidity, and that moisture can wreak havoc in your home. Excess dampness can amplify odors, and can encourage mold, mildew and bacteria growth. If you or one of your family members is sensitive to odors, chemical vapors and other airborne contaminants, then maybe you should consider installing a home air cleaner.

The benefits of having an air cleaner for your home are numerous. They help keep the air clean and clear by getting rid of odors and chemical vapors, and they help to eliminate other unpleasant pathogens like bacteria, viruses, mold, pollen, dust, pet dander and mites. And, they attach directly to your home’s HVAC system, where they pull in the air and remove and destroy contaminants before circulating the air back through your home. So, when you have an air cleaner installed, you can count on fresh, clean indoor air for you and your family year-round.

And, when you choose to install an air cleaner in your home, not only will your family breathe easier, but your HVAC equipment will perform better. Because the air circulating through your HVAC system is cleaner, that means your system doesn’t have to work as hard. You won’t have to worry about dirt and dust clogging your furnace or air conditioner. And, the filters on the air cleaning systems we install are easy to change, so you’ll be able to count on contaminant-free air in your home winter, spring, summer and fall.

When you choose All Seasons to help you get the air cleaner you need for your home, you’ll discover that we provide many other solutions as well. We can help ensure that your indoor air is healthy by offering you:

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

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

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.