Adding Heat With Flat Panel Radiators

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Low profile + high efficiency = high priority. Flat panel radiators are a wonderful way to keep your home cozy all winter long and if you’re tight on space, don’t worry they don’t require much. Learn more about flat-panel radiators below and find out why they might be the heating solution you’ve been searching for.

What is a Flat Panel Radiator?

In need of additional sources of heat in your home? We’ve been experiencing below-average temperatures for this time of year and heat is in high demand. Flat panel radiators are low-profile pieces of equipment that come in a variety of styles, colors and materials. Some can even double as towel warmers.

What are the Benefits?

If you don’t have lots of square footage to work with, which is the case in lots of older Twin Cities homes, you may not be able to have a traditional radiator installed. New technology allows for these radiators to give off more heat while taking up less space. They are highly efficient and save you lots of green on energy bills.

Shopping Advice

The heating experts at Uptown recommend looking for models with at least 35 BTUs per square foot of floor space, but you may need more if you have a space with lots of windows.

For expert installations, repairs and advice on your radiator needs across Minneapolis - St. Paul, call and speak with the radiator experts at Uptown Heating today.

A Safety Guide For Exterior Holiday Decorations

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What’s your favorite part about decorating your home for the holidays? Is it that you have the ability to be unique and express your artistic ability? Do you like lighting up your home with hundreds of LEDs? Do you enjoy spending time working on a project with the whole family? Whatever the case may be, there’s nothing more important than safety when it comes to “the most wonderful time of the year.”

 

 

If you’re not careful, there are lots of electrical and fire hazards that come about with outdoor holiday decor. Follow the tips below to keep your home and your family safe this season:

  • Don’t overload outlets or circuits. Be sure to match amperage of electrical products with the amperage rating of extension cords and receptacles.

  • Check all light strings and electrical cords for damage including fraying and cuts in the line before plugging them in.

  • Take the time to secure lights and decorations to the house, the trees or the yard, but be careful not to pierce any electrical wires or cord insulation.

  • Avoid draping wires through areas prone to standing water.

  • If you’re using a ladder to hang decorations, make sure it extends at least three feet over the roofline or working area. It’s also a good idea to ask a family member or friend to sturdy the ladder while you climb.


At
Uptown Plumbing, Heating and Cooling safety is a top priority. If you notice anything out of the ordinary this holiday season, be sure to give us a call. We’ve been providing quality home service solutions to Minneapolis and the surrounding neighborhoods for over 100 years so you know you can count on us!

4 Home Heating Tips For Your Holiday Party

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Cups? Check. Plates? Check. Food? Check. You’re getting ready to host a holiday party to send 2016 off and welcome in the New Year. You’ve got just about everything you need to make this holiday party one to remember, but before your guests arrive there are a few more things to take care of. This time, we’re not referring to food and drinks.

 

 

In the Twin Cities we know that the holiday season brings lots of joy, but it also brings frigid temperatures. Make sure you and yours aren’t left out in the cold this year by following these holiday home heating tips:

 

  1. Plan Ahead: schedule a routine maintenance visit so an expert technician can make sure your system will perform like it’s supposed to all season long. You’d hate for your furnace to break down right before the party begins.

  2. Clean The Filter: the number one cause of system malfunctions is a dirty filter. Take a few minutes today to clean or replace it and then you won’t have to worry about it until next month.

  3. Turn Down The Thermostat: there’s no reason to keep the heat pumping during the party. A room full of guests will heat up naturally, plus you’ll likely have the stove and oven going which can warm up the kitchen and surrounding rooms.

  4. Serve Warm Foods And Drinks: you may want to skip the cold antipasto platter this time of year and dish out warm meatballs or dips instead. We also recommend serving warm cocktails like spiked cider instead of drinks that require ice. These delicious items will warm your guests up both inside and out.


When it comes to heating service, repairs and installations in Minneapolis and the surrounding neighborhoods, you know you can trust the experts at
Uptown. Give us a call at 651-315-7995 to schedule an appointment and don’t forget to connect with us on Facebook!

5 Hacks For Staying Warm Without Cranking Up The Heat

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If we all kept our homes as warm as we liked all winter long, just imagine how much we'd be spending on energy bills. Turning up the thermostat on cold days can be tempting and we all know how comfortable a warm, cozy house can be but just a few extra degrees can really take a toll on your bank account. Luckily, there are lots of ways to stay warm this winter without running to the thermostat.

 

  1. Cover up cold floors: you can do so by placing area rugs on top of wood and tile. Not only do they feel nice on your feet, they can help prevent warm air from escaping through the floorboards.

  2. Leave the door cracked open while you shower: it allows warm, steamy air to travel throughout the house.

  3. Open curtains and shades during the day: this is a great way to take advantage of the sun’s warm rays. Allowing them to penetrate through glass windows and doors will help raise interior temperatures a few degrees. Just remember to close them back up when the sun goes down.

  4. Leave the oven door open once you’ve finished cooking: the heat from inside is a great way to warm up the kitchen and surrounding rooms.

  5. Change your sheets: those lighter cotton or satin sheets can be stored away for winter. Throw flannel sheets and a thicker comforter on the bed for extra warmth during the colder months.

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

How To Get Your Home Ready For A Deep Freeze

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Grab a few extra layers and throw the heavy quilt on your bed. Minneapolis is in for a deep freeze for the next couple of days, and when temperatures drop down into the 20s and teens, your home’s plumbing system is at a higher risk freezing up. So as you gear up for frigid weather, keep these tips in mind:

 
  1. Make sure all outdoor faucets are drained and hoses are disconnected.

  2. Set your thermostat no lower than 64°F. You’ll want to make sure the heat kicks on and water runs through the system constantly.

  3. If you haven’t done so already, have a professional come in to drain your sprinkler system. Stagnant water in the lines can cause major problems.

  4. If your pipes have frozen up in the past, consider adding a freeze detector. This will notify you when a pipe has sprung a leak so you can get it taken care of before it becomes a huge mess.

  5. Open cabinets containing pipes so that warm air circulates through.

  6. Allow faucets to drip slowly to prevent the possibility of stagnant water.

  7. Insulate pipes located near exterior walls, in the garage and in the crawl space or basement.

 

With keeping these tips in mind will allow you worry about one less thing. Now grab that extra sweater and a warm cup of coffee and stay cozy this week!


If you have a leaking pipe or are in need of a repipe solution in Minneapolis-St Paul, you can rely on the fast repairs and expert re-pipe solutions from
Uptown Plumbing.

Programmable Thermostats vs. WiFi Thermostats

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Do you still have to walk over to thermostat to tell it how warm or how cool you want your house to feel various times throughout the day? Chances are you’ve had one of these in your home at some point if you don’t have one anymore, and trust us when we tell you we’re thankful that we can kiss those days goodbye. Nowadays, there are two types of technologically advanced thermostats that have made their way into homes across the world: programmable thermostats and WiFi thermostats.

 

If you’re still turning the dial or sliding a plastic tab to change the temperature, you’re also spending way more than you should be on energy bills. If you’re like some homeowners in the Twin Cities and are afraid of change, this is one change you’ll thank us for in the long run. It’s time to put that old thermostat to rest and upgrade to a programmable or WiFi model today.

 

So, what are the major differences between the two? We’re going to break it down for you below.

 

Programmable Thermostats:

These models allow you to set a schedule for the thermostat’s operation. For example, you can program it so that the heat kicks on to 68ºF weekdays at 6am, 12pm and 6pm and drops down to 66ºF before you go to bed.

 

While some models only allow one schedule for the entire week, others allow you to set one schedule for weekdays and another for the weekend.

 

WiFi Thermostats:

WiFi, or smart, thermostats solve just about all of the problems that arise with strictly programmable models. These models give you complete control of the comfort level inside your home every day of the week and every hour of the day. These capabilities eliminate unnecessary heating and cooling which allows you to save on energy bills.

 

In addition to more flexible schedules, WiFi thermostats can be controlled from you smartphone, laptop or tablet. Want the heat to come on just before you arrive home? You can take care of it from your mobile device before you leave the office. How nice is that?

Want to learn more about the different types of thermostats? The heating and cooling experts at Uptown are here to help! Give us a call today at 612-284-5789.

Your Guide To Choosing The Right Fixtures

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We’re smack dab in the middle of the holiday season and your friends and family members keep asking what they can get you. Your immediate response is usually, “I don’t need anything,” but then you realize those fixtures in the kitchen and the bathrooms went out with the Twist. Whether it’s time to replace them due to their obsolescence, or they no longer work they way they’re supposed to, here’s what you need to know in order to choose the right fixtures:

 
  1. Be mindful of what’s already there. If you’re replacing a faucet and there are already holes drilled into the countertop, you should probably stick to something that will fit in the existing space. It could cost you lots of additional money to relocated the faucet or the plumbing to a new area.

  2. Think about how many family members will need to use that specific fixture. It may make more sense to go with two sinks instead of just one.

  3. Consider style and material. Neutral tones work well in you prefer longevity to trends and know that there are lots of variations when it comes to shapes and sizes.

  4. Don’t forget that there will come a time when you need to clean your next fixtures. The more complicated and intricate the fixture is, the more time and energy you’ll have to put into cleaning.

 

Now that you’ve got your new fixtures in mind, call on the expert plumbers at Uptown to install them for you! We’ve been serving the needs of the entire Minneapolis - St. Paul area for over 100 years so you know you can count on us.

Preventing House Fires During The Holidays

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What do you have on the menu for the holidays this year? A honey-glazed ham? Chicken parmigiana? Sauteed vegetables? Whether your family likes to go outside of the box and dabble in non-traditional holiday cuisine or you like sticking to the staples you’ve been enjoying for as long as you can remember chances are you’re going to be cooking with oil at some point during the holiday season.

 

As you probably already know, grease and oil is extremely flammable and is a leading cause of home fires across the United States. Even though you try your best to keep it inside the pan, as oil heats up it can spit or splatter all over the stove and get down into the burner and this is a cause for concern.

 

Put yourself in this scenario: you’re frying chicken cutlets for the main course when all of a sudden the pan goes up in flames. What should you do?

 

The answer is rather simple. Turn off the stove right away and before things get out of hand, you’ll want to smother the flames. You can do so by placing a cookie sheet on top of the pan to cut off the oxygen supply to the fire. NEVER pick up the pan - if you do, you run the risk of splashing oil outside of the pan and causing additional fires.


Safety should be the number one priority especially when it comes to your home’s plumbing and heating systems. If you notice anything out of the ordinary or need service in your Twin Cities home, don’t hesitate to call on the experts at
Uptown Plumbing, Heating & Cooling.

4 Steps To Preventing a Holiday Plumbing Disaster

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There’s never a good time to encounter a plumbing problem in your home, but we can assure you that a plumbing problem during the holidays is one nobody wants to deal with, ever. And while hosting friends and family is a wonderful way to spend the holidays, it can put added pressure no your pipes so there are a few things you need to do in order to avoid a catastrophe.

 
  1. Take it easy on your sink. It works hard to carry out dirty dish water and unfinished drinks and pouring grease down the drain can put an end to these tasks rather quickly. Instead of pouring it down the drain, dump it into a plastic or glass container once it has cooled and throw it in the trash.

  2. Prevent drain clogs by using a strainer. We recommend placing them in all sinks as well as showers to prevent hair, dirt and other larger items from clogging the drain.

  3. Insulate pipes that may be exposed to colder temperatures. This includes those located in garages, basements or crawl spaces and don’t forget the ones that run along exterior walls. Pipe insulation can be purchased from most home improvement stores.

  4. Remind your guests not to flush anything other than toilet paper. Hygiene products such as wipes, cotton balls, cotton swabs and dental floss are all known to cause backups. Make sure there is a trash can located in all bathrooms so your friends and family members have somewhere else to dispose of these items.


If you find yourself experiencing a plumbing disaster this holiday season, know that the experts at
Uptown are always here to help! Give us a call at 651-315-7995 and we’ll get your system back up and running as soon as possible.

Conserving Energy in the Laundry Room This Holiday Season

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The in-laws from across town decided to spend the night, the cousins are in from out of state and you’re one big happy family. But the same may not apply to your washer and dryer - having guests spend a few days could lead to more dirty clothes and in turn, additional loads of laundry. What does that mean for you? It means you might be consuming more energy than normal this holiday season which could come along with some added costs. But the good news is there are lots of tips and tricks for saving energy when it comes to doing a load of laundry so see below to find out how you can save:

 
  1. Stick to Cold: believe it or not, washing your clothes in warm or hot actually costs more money. Why? Well, your water heater has to run to heat the water up. A cold load typically costs around 5 cents while a warm/hot load will run you nearly 70 cents.

  2. Wait For a Full Load: you may be tempted to wash just a few pieces of clothing here and there, but that’s also going to cost you. It takes just as much electricity to run a small load as it does for a larger one, so wait until you have enough dirty laundry to fill up the washing machine.

  3. Faster is Better: if you have the option to choose a spin cycle speed on your dryer, choose a faster option. Clothes dry more quickly the faster they spin.

  4. Clean the Lint Screen: after every single load. Your clothes will dry faster and use less energy than if the screen is dirty.

Wishing you a happy holiday season and remember, you can enjoy on-time plumbing, heating and air conditioning repairs and new systems across Minneapolis - St. Paul areas with the professionals at Uptown Plumbing, Heating and Cooling.