How To Find The Right Ceiling Fan

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Contrary to popular belief, a central air conditioning system isn’t the only way to keep your home comfortable during the summer months. In fact, there are lots of other ways to cool down without causing energy bills to spike - and today, we’re zeroing in on the ceiling fan. Find out what you should be looking for as you shop for ceiling fans, below:

What Size Ceiling Fan Do I Need?

Fans come in lots of shapes and sizes and trust us when we tell you it’s not a one-size-fits-all type of ordeal. Look for a fan with a 36 inch span for rooms up to 100 square feet, 42 inches for up to 200 square feet or 52 inches for up to 400 square feet. If your room is larger than that, you can choose to go with one 60 inch fan, or two or more smaller fans.

 

Where Should My Ceiling Fan Go?

The positioning of your ceiling fan makes all the difference. Aim to hang them at about 8 feet from the floor or if you have a room with high ceilings, subtract 8 feet from the ceiling. Note: you may need to purchase a downrod for rooms with high ceilings.

 

Can I Install A Ceiling Fan Myself?

We don’t recommend installing your own ceiling fan. There are lots of moving parts when it comes to the installation process and if you’re familiar with the wiring and other potentially dangerous aspects, you could be in for a rude awakening. Save yourself the hassle and call in a professional!


Be sure of expert repairs and new installations, from a family-run business trusted in Minneapolis - St. Paul since 1914. Call on
Uptown Plumbing, Heating & Cooling today to speak with our friendly staff and find out how we can help with all of your cooling needs this summer.

3 Father's Day Events Dad Will Like More Than A New Tie

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Scrambling to find a last-minute gift for Dad this Father’s Day weekend? Put down the necktie and treat him to one or more of these wonderful events taking place in Minneapolis instead. Trust us when we tell you he has enough ties and dress shirts to last a long, long time. And spending the day with his family will mean so much more!

 



1. Stone Arch Bridge Festival

If you think your father would like the idea of beers, cars and the arts this is the spot for you. Take him to the 23rd Annual Stone Arch Bridge Festival with a concert on Friday evening and then two full days of art, food, music and more!

 

When/Where:

June 16-18, 11am - 5pm

Main Street SE between Hennepin Ave. and 8th Ave. SE, Minneapolis

 

2. Star Tribune Ugly Tie 5K

Does your dad like to exercise? Well, this year he can finally put that old tie you got him a few years back to good use! Treat him to a 5K along the Mississippi riverfront and don’t forget to pack your ugliest tie!

 

When/Where:

June 18, 9:15am - 10:15am

Father Hennepin Park, 420 SE Main Street, Minneapolis

 

3. Padelford Riverboats Father’s Day Brunch

If Dad is a foodie, he’s going to LOVE brunch on a boat. After all, what’s better than cruising around the Mississippi River on a two-hour boat ride while consuming French toast, smoked salmon and other breakfast staples?

 

When/Where:

June 18, 11am - 1pm

Dock at 205 Dr. Justus Ohage Blvd., St. Paul

 
And remember, don’t make Dad spend his weekend tending to problems around the house. Call on the experts at Uptown and let us tackle all of your plumbing and air conditioning needs!

Beat The Heat For Less This Summer

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How much do you think it costs to stay cool during the summer? If you’re thinking hundreds of dollars - think again. That’s right, you can beat the summer heat for as little as $25. All you need to do is make a few minor changes and you’ll be well on your way!

 

  1. Don’t Be Afraid To Use Your Fan: running a ceiling fan only costs about 2 to 5 cents per hour and it can make a room feel 4 to 6 degrees cooler. Ceiling fans and air conditioners work well together. As the air conditioner pumps cool, dry air into your living space, a ceiling fan can help distribute the air and keep it circulating throughout your home.

  2. Be “Texas Cool”: even though we live in Minnesota, you can adopt some of the practices they use down in Texas. Take advantage of cooler outdoor temperatures during the evening and nighttime hours by opening up a few windows. Just remember to close them when the sun comes up!

  3. Take Dinner Outside: did you know that leaving the oven on for roughly 20 minutes can heat make indoor temperatures rise by as much as 10 degrees? If you must your indoor appliances to cook, save it for the cooler hours of the day. Otherwise, make use of your outdoor grill.

  4. Seal Air Leaks: take a quick walk around your house and look for cracks or gaps around windows and doors. A tube of exterior-rated silicone caulk will run you roughly $5-$10, but it can cut nearly 10% off your cooling bill.

 
When it comes to keeping your Twin Cities home cool and comfortable all summer long, Uptown has you covered. We’ve been serving the area for over 100 years so you know you can count on us! Give us a call today at 651-315-7995 to learn more about our air conditioning services.

Employee Spotlight: Saluting America's Service Members

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Did you know that a large number of our employees do much more than plumbing, heating and cooling? This month, in honor of Memorial Day a few weeks behind us and Fourth of July coming up fast, we wanted to take some time to highlight a few of our nation’s firecrackers! With over 15 years of combined service, Bryan, Nate and Betzy deserve a round of applause.

 

We couldn't be more proud of our team here at Uptown! Thank you for all that you do both on the job and outside! Stay tuned for our next employee spotlight.

The Best Temperature for a Good Night's Sleep

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One minute you're snuggling under the covers because you can’t get warm, the next you are kicking them off because it’s way too hot - we’ve all been there. Whether you prefer a nice cold air conditioned bedroom or a warm one, the perfect sleep temperature is one that can often be hard to find. Beyond comfort, the temperature of the room can affect your overall health and quality of sleep.  

So What’s the Best Temperature for A Good Night’s Sleep?

Think Comfortable.

Anywhere from 65-70 degrees Fahrenheit can help you get a good night's rest. Your best bet is to start with a cooler temperature and add blankets or sheets as needed. If you are noticing that you are tossing and turning, lower the temperature 1 degree each night.

Cool but not too Cool.

A room that is too warm or too cold will mess with your body’s internal temperature. Your body naturally warms up when it’s time to rise, so if your room is too hot, you are more likely to wake up throughout the night. If it's too cold, your body’s internal thermostat will struggle to get where it needs to be, also causing sleep interruption.

Finding a comfortable temperature can improve your quality of sleep, quality of REM, and even your dream stage. So the next time you are debating over windows or air conditioning, think about your perfect sleep temperature.

Looking to get your home cooled off? You know who to call! Uptown has been providing air conditioning service in the Minneapolis - St. Paul area for over 100 years! You can count on us!

Save Water This Season With These Hacks

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The need for fresh water isn’t currently a pressing issue, but if we choose to be negligent about the way we use it, it will become a big problem sooner than you think. As plumbers, it is our responsibility to make sure leaks and faulty equipment aren’t being wasteful in our client’s homes. As a homeowner, it is your job to get water wise and start looking for areas to save. Here are just a few that we would suggest:

Plan Out Defrosting

Tell us if you have been here before… You get back from work and the kids are hungry and ready for dinner, but the meat was never taken out of the freezer. Bummer! But forgetting this simple task can actually cost you on water and gas or electric utilities depending on the type of water heater you have. Leave yourself a note and be sure to put meat in the refrigerator the night before!

Brush in the Shower

We all stay in the shower a little longer than we should, but let’s make those last few minutes in the hot water more productive. Take your toothbrush case into the shower with you and brush before you get out! It will make better use of the water in the shower and you can keep the sink off during the morning hours.

Dry Lathering

You can save hundreds of gallons of water every month by turning off the water while you lather soap onto your hands. All you need is a few seconds to wet them and a few to rinse them. Everything in between is unnecessary.

Don’t Go Overboard

Watering your plants in the summer is important, but you need to make sure you are being efficient. Watering grass and plants in the early morning when it is still cool will allow the water to really soak and get into the roots. If you water mid day, a large percentage of that water is literally going to disappear into thin air.

Come on Minneapolis, let’s all get water wise! We the plumbers will lead the charge and we would really appreciate it if all of our amazing customers followed in our footsteps. The first order of business is making sure your plumbing fixtures are efficient and leak-free and for that, you can call Uptown Plumbing, Heating and Cooling.


To schedule a plumbing appointment, call 612-284-5789 or click around on our website!

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!