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.

Our Guarantee

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You wouldn’t purchase something if it wasn’t expected to last, the service was poor or you didn’t know how much it costs before making a decision, right? So then why would you do that when choosing a plumbing, heating and air conditioning company? When you choose Uptown, you can rest assured knowing that you’ll also be getting our Guarantee.

Here are some of the things we include with our commitment to your service satisfaction:

Satisfaction-Guaranteed Service
Enjoy the best in service as well as expert air conditioning and heating solutions with our customer service level commitment that we back with a satisfaction guarantee.

Rapid & Reliable
We can be with you today to provide quality AC and heating solutions quickly, on-time and at a time to suit you.

Comprehensive Cooling and Heating Experts
Expect and receive a first-class level of expertise from Uptown Plumbing, Heating and Cooling. Our skilled technicians receive ongoing training to always provide you with the best advice and workmanship.

Clear Prices in Advance
Stay in control with a per-job price that is provided to you in advance and stays the same through to completion.

On top of that, we are fully licensed and insured and we’ve been trusted in the Twin Cities for over 100 years. Our techs are background checked and drug tested and you better believe they’re neat, tidy and trustworthy.

For an outstanding level of service for your home service requirements in Minneapolis - St. Paul, call and speak with the friendly team at Uptown Plumbing, Heating and Cooling today.

Essential A/C Maintenance Checklist for Homeowners

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You wouldn’t let your car go multiple years without an oil change, right? So why would you let your home’s cooling system go years without maintenance? After all, proper maintenance is essential for efficient operation and a longer lifespan so here’s what you need to do now that warmer weather is making its way into town.

Step 1: Turn off the main power source to your cooling system. There should be an exterior shutoff box near the condenser unit outside and you can turn the power off at the breaker inside.

Step 2: Remove the fan cage and get rid of any debris that may have fallen into the system. We recommend using a garden hose to clean off the fan blades and to get rid of dust and dirt that has collected.

Step 3: Make sure the area around the exterior unit is clean (you’ll want to make sure there is at least 3 feet of open space). Then make sure the unit is level.

Step 4: Head inside and clean or replace the air filter. Keep in mind that most of the air you’ll be breathing in passes through this filter so the cleaner, the better.

For the remainder of the maintenance that needs to be performed on the interior parts of your air conditioning system, it’s best to call in a professional. That’s where we come in!

For the best in service, advice and expert installations for your air conditioning system in the Minneapolis - St. Paul area, call and speak with the air conditioning professionals at Uptown Air Conditioning today.

3 Ways To Unclog A Toilet When A Plunger Is Nowhere To Be Found

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There’s probably no worse feeling than clogging a toilet - that is, unless there isn’t a plunger in sight. Most of us have been there before, we tend to use lots of toilet paper and sometimes the toilet just can’t handle the load. So, is there actually a way to unclog a toilet without a plunger? Find out below.

Method 1: Dish Soap & Warm Water

Chances are you have some dish soap in the kitchen. Contrary to popular belief, you can use dish soap for more things than simply getting your dishes clean. In the event of a clogged toilet, squirt a generous amount into the bowl. Then add a gallon of very warm, but not boiling, water. Wait a few minutes and watch the combination of soap and water break up the toilet paper.

Method 2: Coat Hanger

Have a wire coat hanger in the closet? Unravel it and use it to poke through the clog. Push the obstruction until it frees up and flows down the drain.

Method 3: Baking Soda & Vinegar

Two more common household items come into play with this method. Pour 1 cup of baking soda into the bowl, followed by 1 cup of white vinegar. Wait a few minutes and then pour a gallon of warm water in.

Still can’t seem to unclog the toilet after trying all of these methods? It could be something more serious. Call on the plumbing experts at Uptown and we’ll be over right away to get things flowing again.

5 Ways To Make Your Bathroom Smarter This Spring

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Wouldn’t it be nice if you could incorporate some of the features your smart thermostat or smart security system brings to your life in your bathroom, too? Let’s face it, they make things much easier around the house so you can focus on other aspects. Well, the time has come where smart bathroom gadgets have come to fruition and we’ve picked out 5 of the best tech products, below:

 

  1. Shower Power: if you consider yourself Beyonce when it comes to singing in the shower, you’re going to love Kohler’s Shower Speaker. It’s small and sleek but it packs a punch when it comes to sound so your music will sound as clean and crisp as you feel.

  1. Touch-Free Flushing: does the thought of reaching your hands anywhere near the toilet bowl gross you out? Well, with Delta’s FlushIQ toilet, all you need to do is wave your hand past the sensor to activate the flush. And the engineers over at Delta have placed the sensor so that it won’t flush unless you want it to!

  1. Touch-Free Soap Dispenser: save yourself from having to touch a soap dispenser handle after you’ve used the bathroom. The Touchless Foaming Soap Dispenser from Kohler will dispense soap into your hand as you place it underneath the sensor.

  1. Towel Spa: love the sound of warm towels to wrap yourself in after a shower? The Towel Spa gently heats your towels for a spa-like feeling in your very own home.

  1. Digital Shower Controls: want your shower to remember your preferences each time you get in? Although it might make you feel a little bit like James Bond, and LED-illuminated digital interface will help you set the temperature and spray intensity.

For expert bath and shower installations, repairs and maintenance in Minneapolis–St Paul, call and speak with the helpful and friendly team at Uptown Plumbing today.

What To Do In The Twin Cities This Weekend

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With the weather warming up in the Twin Cities and no holidays to celebrate, this is the perfect weekend to get out and explore with your family! You might be thrill seekers and want to head to an amusement park, or go for a hike to take advantage of the weather. Maybe you have some young animal lovers to look after and the zoo is just calling your name. No matter what adventure you seek, Minneapolis can provide you with a great time. Here are some family-friendly places to check out this weekend:

Saturday & Sunday Forecast

One thing is for sure, you can’t make weather your excuse to stay in this weekend! Saturday looks like it is going to be in the high 60’s and sunny with a lot of the same coming Sunday. We don’t want to jinx it, but you might not even see a cloud in the sky!

Como Zoo

Free Entry!

The Como area is a great place to take your family this weekend! The kids can play with smaller animals, see their favorites in the exhibits and explore beautiful gardens that are on the grounds. There are also parks to have picnics and play soccer or whatever games your little one's desire.

Como Town

Season Pass: $69.95

Unlimited Rides: $21.95

2 Points per Ride: $1

Como Town is located on the same grounds as the Zoo, so it is a great spot to spend an entire day. Maybe check out the animals in the morning and head to the amusement park in the afternoon for some great fun! This isn’t going to please a roller coaster tycoon, but it is perfect for children ages 2-12. There are more than 18 different rides and attractions and a Zip-Line that zips around the entire facility-- it’s worth checking out!

Chain of Lakes

Park Hours: 6am- Midnight

The beautiful shorelines of Brownie, Cedar, Calhoun and Harriet lakes make for the perfect park to take your family and enjoy the weather. There are multiple athletic fields and boat rental facilities to help you get on the lake and catch some rays. Bring your own food and beverages and come spend the day at one of Minneapolis’s premiere attractions.

If you return home from your day out and realize your plumbing isn’t in tip top shape, there is no need to worry. Your friends at Uptown Plumbing have you covered. We can fix any problem, big or small, and all of our work comes with satisfaction guaranteed!

To schedule an appointment, call 612-284-5789 or click around on our website.

4 Bathroom Cleaning Hacks That Will Make Your Life Easier

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How long do you spend cleaning your bathrooms each week? Probably a lot more time than you ever expected, right? Well, whether you’d like to admit it or not, your cleaning method could probably use a new plan and we’ve got a few tricks that will make your life much easier. Let’s get started:

  1. Dirty Mirrors: have water spots or toothpaste particles covering your bathroom mirrors? Use black tea to clean them. Pour room temperature tea into a spray bottle and apply liberally to the mirror. The tannic acid in the tea will help get rid of stubborn water spots.

  2. Cloudy Shower Doors: you probably have a big stack of dryer sheets sitting in the laundry room, right? Well, did you know they work wonders when it comes to cleaning shower doors? They contain ingredients that cut through soap scum with ease and all you need to do is dampen the doors and get wiping!

  3. Rust Rings: metal containers have a tendency to leave rust rings whenever they get wet, but that’s no match for a lemon. The acidity will help get rid of the stains left behind and if you want to prevent your cans from rusting further, coat the bottom ring with clear nail polish.

  4. Dull Faucets: have faucets that are lacking the luster they once had? Believe it or not, toothpaste is great for shining up chrome. Just be sure to use a non-gel type.

For all the plumbing needs in your Minneapolis–St Paul home, Uptown Plumbing will provide you with expert installations, repairs and solutions and provide per-job pricing and satisfaction guaranteed service. Call us today at 612-284-5789 to learn more about our services.

How To Increase The Value Of Your Older Minneapolis Home

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Whether you’re planning on selling this year, or see yourself staying put for a while there’s one surefire way to increase the value of your Minneapolis home. Even if your home is much older than your neighbors, which tends to be the case quite often in the Minneapolis area and space comes at a premium, you can drive up the price drastically by having a ductless mini-split system installed. Hear from one of our customers below about how adding air conditioning increased the value of his home:

 

“One thing that people need to consider when they’re thinking about investing in an air conditioning system, in an older home in Minneapolis.. Is that it’s becoming the norm and the expectation of buyers, that when they’re purchasing a home, the home will have an A/C system.”

It’s one less item on a potential buyer’s checklist and it goes beyond simply enjoying comfort in your own home.

Pair that with the fact that we offer FREE estimates on new air conditioning systems and will help you choose the best new system for your home and you’d be crazy not to consider it!

For the best in service, advice and expert installations for your new air conditioning system in the Minneapolis - St. Paul area, call and speak with the air conditioning professionals at Uptown Air Conditioning today.