4 Reasons To Have Your A/C Tuned Up Now

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What would you think if your air conditioner suddenly stopped working on the hottest day of the year? You probably wouldn’t be too happy, right? Well, that’s just one reason you should have your air conditioning system tuned up each season. And if that’s not enough to convince you, see below for a few more vital reasons:

1. REDUCED RUNNING COSTS
An expert tune-up from Uptown Air Conditioning can help keep your system running at optimum performance and stop your utility bill increasing through inefficiency by as much as a quarter when compared to an unmaintained system. Keep some green in your wallet this season!

2. BETTER RELIABILITY
Our tune-ups entail a comprehensive system check including air flow, freon levels, electrical connections, filters, thermostat and lubricating moving parts to ensure your system continues to operate safely and reliably and reducing the chance of avoidable breakdowns. This way, you can rest assured knowing that it’s ready to take on whatever the season throws at it!

3. DURABILITY
Regular maintenance could also help your system reach the manufacturer's stated life expectancy, allowing you to enjoy your system for longer. Why run the risk of having your system break down beyond repair way before you expected it to?

4. SAVE MONEY
Maintained systems are able to operate more efficiently than unmaintained systems, helping you to keep your energy costs in check and potentially saving you money.Let’s face it, we could all use to save a little more, or at least spend some money on things we enjoy!

Maintain reliability and energy efficiency in your air conditioning system in Minneapolis - St. Paul, and book a system tune-up by calling the team at Uptown Air Conditioning today.

Give Your A/C A Rest With These Alternative Cooling Hacks

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We’re approaching the time of year when air conditioners across the country start kicking into high gear. With warmer weather on the way, it’s natural for homeowners to run to the thermostat whenever the house begins to feel a little warm, but there are times when our cooling systems simply need a break. So, how can you keep the house cool without cranking up the A/C? Find out a few alternative cooling hacks, below:

  1. Control how much heat comes in. Close drapes, shades or shutters during the day to prevent direct sunlight from streaming through. This is especially important for windows on the south and west-facing sides of your house.

  2. Reduce humidity levels. When the humidity level inside your house exceeds 60%, it can make it feel warmer than it actually is. Be sure to run exhaust fans while cooking and bathing and it’s a good idea to consider a dehumidification system for problem areas.

  3. Unplug heat-producing appliances. Lots of appliances in your home give off heat whether you’ve noticed it before or not. When you’re not using things like the television, computer or lamps, be sure to turn them off and unplug them.

  4. Take cooking outdoors. Since cooking with the stove or oven will inevitably heat your home, what is one to do? Brush off that grill and take your food outside. Believe it or not, you can grill just about any food you would cook indoors - pizza, vegetables, fish and even desserts are not off-limits.

Need air conditioning service in the Minneapolis - St. Paul area? You know who to call! Uptown has been serving the Twin Cities for over 100 years so you know you can count on us!

A/C Systems For Homes With Radiators

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Have an old home with radiators in the Minneapolis - St. Paul area? You’re not alone. But if that’s the case, you may be wondering how you can use an air conditioning system to keep your home cool during the summer months, if it’s even possible at all. Well, we’ve got some good news for you - it’s definitely possible. Find out all about air conditioning systems for older homes with radiators, below.

 

The quick answer? A small duct, high velocity air conditioning system. See what our experts have to say about why these types of systems work best:

FITS INTO ANY HOME, ANY SPACE, ANY DECOR
The SDHV system is incredibly versatile as it's able to be installed in any home with little or no need to renovate or remodel. The ducts are flexible and can be routed through existing small cavities with ease and the outlets are small and unobtrusive with a range of designs to suit any décor or aesthetic.

EXPERT INSTALLATIONS - IN 1 DAY

With our expertise and experience in SDHV installation, you're new system will be installed quickly with less disruption and a cleaner process than other ducted systems.

QUIET OPERATION

Your new SDHV system provides an efficient cooling solution with quiet operation. No rattling, clanking or buzzing here!

For quality small duct high velocity air conditioning installations and repairs in your Minneapolis - St. Paul home or to find out the benefits of the SDHV system, call and speak with the experts at Uptown Air Conditioning today.

Local Events to Take Advantage of This Weekend

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The forecast is calling for rain this weekend, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have fun! Take the activities indoors and spend some time with your friends and family. This weekend, there are lots of great events happening right in our backyard!

Wine Glass Painting

Unwind and spend an evening decorating wine glasses with your closest friends! You’ll have the ability to choose from a variety of designs and you’ll learn special techniques from a talented artist. The best part? The price of the ticket includes 2 wine glasses to take home! Wine, beer and food will be available for purchase, but you must have your ID present in order to consume alcohol.

Zero Gravity Trampoline Park

Join Zero Gravity for Tween Night tonight. Spend the evening jumping - it’s a great way to get the whole family to be more active. The event takes place from 8:00pm - 10:00pm at Zero Gravity in Mounds View, MN.

SPORTSOLOGY

In case you missed it the last time around, SPORTSOLOGY is back this weekend! There are brand new additions to the exhibit galleries - every court, field, track and gym becomes a science lab! You and your kids will learn about how the body works in motion and you’ll find out exactly what it takes to score a basket, swing a racket or hit a ball.

At Uptown Plumbing, Heating & Cooling, we take pride in our community and there’s better way to show your appreciation than by getting out and about! Spend some time this weekend checking out local attractions and let us know about your experiences!

Stop Allergy Hot Spots In Their Tracks

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Did you know that certain areas of your house could be hiding thousands of allergy offenders? You may not even realize that you become more irritated as you walk past specific things, or finding yourself rubbing your eyes, sneezing or coughing. Well, we’re going to let you in on a few allergy hot spots and tell you how you can keep them under control.

The Front Door
Think about how many times the front door opens and closes each day. That alone is enough to let billions of grains of allergens inside. Pair that with people tracking them in on their shoes, clothing and hair and it’s not wonder why the front door area is a hot spot. We recommend wet mopping hardwood floors (just be sure not to use too much water) and lay doormats both inside and outside of the house.

The Bedrooms

Dust mites can make your allergy symptoms worse and they tend to stick around all year long. They thrive in beds by living off of dead skin cells and moisture produced by body heat. Be sure to wash your sheets regularly and don’t make the bed as soon as you wake up so that moisture can evaporate rather than be trapped inside.

The Bathrooms

Here, mold and mildew take the prize. Damp areas serve as breeding grounds and the tub, shower and sink make the perfect home. Remember to turn on the exhaust fan before you bathe and leave it on for at least 15 minutes after you leave the room.

At Uptown, we take indoor air quality very seriously - especially during peak allergy months. Give us a call at 651-315-7995 to find out how we can help!

DIY Fixes For a Runny Toilet

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A running toilet can not only be irritating but wasteful. Luckily, it’s relatively easy to fix. With minimal parts, your issue could quickly become a problem solved. So before you run out to the supply store, here’s how to know what parts you’ll need to fix your toilet woes:

Check The Refill Tube and Ball Cock. If you notice your toilet is running sporadically, either of these could be the issue. In a properly running fixture, the tube should be above water level, and the ball cock should fill the tank after each flush. If the bowl is not filling up, it’s time to do some replacing.

Inspect the Chain. An improper chain size can interfere with the flapper closing causing your toilet to continuously run.

Rule Out a Faulty Overflow Tube. If the tank water is always draining into your overflow tube, adjust the arm of the float ball or lower float cup.

The Flapper. Responsible for the water flowing into the bowl, it should be properly sealed. Check for mineral deposits and scrub if necessary. If you’re still seeing issues, it might be time to replace it.

Beyond The Tank.  If you are noticing any leaking, it could be a seal problem, and the wax ring might need replacing. If your toilet shifts or moves, it could be the Closet bolts or Closet Flange. You can tighten the nuts at the base, but be sure to avoid over tightening as it can leave you with a cracked bowl.

If you still can’t seem to find what’s causing your toilet to run, reach out to the experts at Uptown. With over 100 years of experience, we’ve been offering the residents of Minneapolis - St. Paul fast service and satisfaction is always guaranteed! Schedule online or Call at 612-284-5789.

What's Lurking In Your Tap Water?

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Notice a funky smell coming from your tap water? Notice that it tastes funny when you go to take a sip? Notice that the water coming from your plumbing fixtures isn’t as clean and clear as it should be? There are lots of things that could be lurking in your H2O and in honor of National Water Safety Month, we’re hoping to educate you!

Aside from the hard water we have here in the Twin Cities - which usually consists of some minerals that don’t pose many serious threats - there could be things in there that are making you sick. You may want to have your water tested for the following:

  1. Chlorine: while it’s most commonly used to disinfect pool water, too much of it your drinking water can cause birth defects and has been associated with breast cancer and cancers of the urinary bladder.

  2. Fluoride: it’s mostly associated with promoting dental health, but it has been known to reduce IQ in children and can trigger the growth of tumors.

  3. Lead: this stuff can be tricky because it’s difficult to detect. Once dissolved in water, it does not cause a change in color and doesn’t have any distinct smell or taste. It is however, extremely toxic and cause severe health problems.

  4. Arsenic: this chemical is a natural byproduct of certain types of rocks. The runoff can contaminate ground water which ultimately ends up coming through your tap. Arsenic can cause a variety of skin problems and has been linked to organ failure.

At Uptown, we offer a wide range of water softening, conditioning and quality improving features to help you enjoy the purest, cleanest water in your Minneapolis - St. Paul home. Give us a call today at 651-315-7995 to find out how we can help!

5 Natural Ways To Rid Your Home Of Indoor Air Pollutants

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We’re going to take an educated guess and say the air inside of your home probably isn’t very clean. What do we mean by that? We mean that there are lots of things you use on a daily basis that are actually giving off toxic chemicals. Luckily, there are lots of quick and easy ways to rid your home of indoor air pollutants and we’re sharing them with you, below:

  1. Increase ventilation - especially while you’re cooking and bathing. Be sure to turn on the kitchen and bathroom exhaust fans and leave them on for 10-15 minutes after you’ve completed your task. In addition to using exhaust fans, open up windows on clear days when the allergy count is low.

  2. Stop using certain candles - those made from paraffin wax, that is. If you like to have your home smelling nice, choose candles made from soy or beeswax instead. Paraffin wax releases benzene, toluene and soot into the air which can cause serious health issues.

  3. Get rid of commercial cleaners - and opt for natural cleaning solutions instead. Most cleaners on the shelf at the store contain VOCs. Instead, make your own cleaner using water, vinegar and baking soda.

  4. Avoid using bathroom sprays - instead of using commercial bathroom sprays that contain harmful chemicals, put a few drops of your favorite essential oil inside the toilet paper roll. As you pull, a fresh, natural scent will be released into the air.

  5. Control your home’s humidity - because mold and mildew along with other toxic chemicals tend to prefer dark, damp climates. Humidity levels really shouldn’t be higher than 55% for a healthy environment.

To improve the air quality in your home in Minneapolis - St. Paul, call and speak with the indoor air quality experts at Uptown Air Conditioning today. We’ve been servicing the entire area for over 100 years so you know you can count on us!

Stop Allergens In Their Tracks

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Tired of reaching for the tissues? Can’t live another day with a sore throat? Have trouble seeing because of itchy, watery eyes? Allergy season is in full swing and we know how miserable it can be. With that said, there’s no reason to live it with any longer. There are lots of things you can inside your own home to keep your allergy symptoms at bay.

Dust Often, But With Caution: dusting is a wonderful way to get rid of dust, dirt and debris that could make your symptoms worse, but be careful. It can actually kick these particles into the air if you’re not careful. Use a damp towel or rag and consider wearing a mask while you clean.

Vacuum: in the off-season, you may be able to get away with vacuuming once a week. But now that pollen and other particles are more abundant, you should consider vacuuming at least 2-3 times per week.

Close Windows and Doors: while you may be inclined to open up windows and doors to get some fresh air on nice days, this will only make matters worse as it gives allergens a clear entryway into your home. Utilize ceiling fans and your home’s hvac system to stay comfortable.

Take Advantage of Humidity Control Systems: lots of allergens thrive in humid conditions so it’s important to keep levels under control. A whole-home dehumidification system can severely improve overall indoor air quality.

Use HEPA Filters: in both your vacuum and your hvac system. They’re known for capturing tiny airborne particles and keeping dust and pet dander subdued.

To improve the air quality in your home in Minneapolis - St. Paul, call and speak with the indoor air quality experts at Uptown Air Conditioning today.

Should I have My A/C Repaired or Replaced?

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With warmer weather in the forecast, homeowners all across the Twin Cities will be turning their central air conditioning systems on in the near future. And although they’re never welcomed, problems are inevitable. It’s difficult to tell if you should try to have the issue repaired or if it makes more sense to replace your system entirely, but we’re laying some of the groundwork down below to help you make an educated decision:

Age

Before you start looking around for a repair specialist, consider the age of your current system. Most air conditioning systems only last 10 to 12 years so if yours is approaching this time frame, you can expect additional repairs in the future. The bottom line? If your system is more than 10 years old, it might be worthwhile to have it replaced.

Technology

Do you still have the same cell phone you had 10+ years ago? Technology is changing virtually every day and you better believe most systems on the market now are more advanced than they were a decade ago. By deciding to replace your old system, you’ll be able to experience smart features and increased efficiencies.

Repair Costs

It’s never a bad idea to get a few opinions on the matter before making a decision. If the cost of repairs is less than 50% of the cost of a new system, you may want to go ahead with the repair. If the cost is greater, why not have a brand new system installed?

If you are looking for a new air conditioning system for your Minneapolis - St. Paul area home, then trust the experts with over 100 year proven track record and speak to Uptown Air Conditioning. And even if that’s not the case, our friendly technicians will help you make a decision that is both wise and affordable. Call us today at 651-315-7995.