Preparing Your Kitchen For The Holidays

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Check the date - it’s October 11th. While Halloween is still a few weeks away, the holiday season will be upon us before we know it. And if you plan on hosting this year, you’re going to want your kitchen in tip-top shape. See below for a few quick tips on how to get your kitchen ready for holiday guests:

  1. Clean off the countertops - it’s time to finally go through all of those bills, the mail and the magazines that have been piling up for months. File important papers away and throw the rest in the trash. Then make sure all surfaces, including the backsplash, are sparkling clean!

  2. Clean out the fridge - chances are there will be leftovers following your gathering. Make some space for extra tupperware by cleaning out expired jarred or canned foods and be sure to wipe the shelves clean.

  3. Check out the dishwasher - between appetizer dishes, dinner plates and dessert kitchenware your dishwasher is going to take on a few extra loads this holiday season. Check the drain to make sure it’s working properly and look for broken glass and utensils at the bottom. You can use vinegar to wipe away any gunk or residue you come across.

  4. Check the garbage disposal - just like your dishwasher, your garbage disposal will likely be put to the test with all of the cooking you’ll be doing. Check it now to make sure it’s in good working order before it’s too late.

Need emergency plumbing service this holiday season? Don’t hesitate to give the experts at Uptown Plumbing, Heating & Cooling a call today. We’ll get your system back up and running in no time!

Get Your Heating System Ready in 5 Simple Steps

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It’s time to start thinking about your home’s heating system. If you wait until it’s freezing out, you’re going to be in for an unpleasant surprise. Taking a few minutes out of your weekend to get the system and the equipment up and ready to go will save you headaches down the road. Here’s what you need to do:

  1. Bring in the Professionals: sure, there’s lots you can do on your own to save a few bucks, but having an expert come in to assess the situation and perform a tune-up is vital. This will help keep it running smoothly and efficiently all winter long.

  2. Change the Filters: here’s something you can definitely do on your own. Clean or replace the filter and then bleed the radiators. How? Start the boiler and let it heat up. The open the valve on each radiator and have a bucket close by to catch the excess water. Close the valve when it’s all water coming out and no air.

  3. Have a Programmable Thermostat Installed: improving efficiency will lead to saving money and who doesn’t like that? Make your system smarter by installing a programmable thermostat.

  4. Put Your Ceiling Fans in Reverse: this will help bring heat back down from the ceiling to the living areas of your home. The result? You’ll feel warmer so you can lay off the thermostat for a while.

  5. Safety is Key: check for cracks or holes in the exhaust of your furnace. Carbon monoxide can leak into the air so you’ll want to have them patched up right away. In addition, have smoke and CO detectors installed near bedrooms and the heater.

Ready to schedule a tune-up? Call on the heating experts at Uptown today! 612-284-5789.

Re-Energize Your Home in 4 Simple Steps

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It’s fall. The hustle and bustle of summer is well behind us and we’re in a bit of a lull until the holiday season kicks off. Take this time to re-energize your home and take care of some of the projects you’ve been putting off. After all, it’s the perfect time of year to give your home a little TLC.

  1. Get rid of clutter. You may not need that furniture that’s sitting in the back room or the garage any longer and you definitely need to clean out the fridge. We also recommend cleaning out the bathroom - toss those old, smelly towels, and replace that shower head that has seen better days. Get rid of the boxes filled with junk sitting around  your furnace because remember, there should be at least 3 feet of empty space around the equipment.

  2. Tackle a project once and for all. Have a leaky faucet or toilet? Need to replace a fixture in the kitchen or bathroom? Take care of it this weekend and if you can’t do-it-yourself, the experts at Uptown are here to help! You’ll feel much better once it’s done.

  3. Deep-clean the house. Sure, cleaning is definitely a chore but it can also be satisfying. Tidy up the living room and kitchen and open up some windows to allow cool, crisp fall air inside. Cleaning up can make any space feel like new.

  4. Instead of moving furniture, move yourself. What do we mean by this? Instead of moving furniture around, pick a different seat at the table than your normal spot. Sit on a different side of the living room or lay on the other side of your bed.

For all of your plumbing and heating needs this fall, call on the professionals at Uptown Plumbing, Heating & Cooling. Schedule an appointment by calling our friendly staff at 651-315-7995 and don’t forget to connect with us on Facebook!

Understanding Your Programmable Thermostat

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According to the Department of Energy, leaving your thermostat set too high can lead to much higher utility bills come fall and winter. This shouldn’t come as a surprise, but what might strike you is that you can save 5% to 15% by adjusting the temperature throughout the day. Worried about how you’ll be able to do that? Don’t be. Programmable thermostats are here to help!

With a programmable thermostat, you have the ability to enter multiple temperature settings based on the time of day. But you need to make sure you understand what you’re doing when it comes to the programming process. For starters, make sure your thermostat is in “program” mode rather than “hold” or any other mode that prevents the settings from actually being entered.

You should also be aware of common problems we see when it comes to programmable thermostats:

  1. Problems with the thermostat itself: some models are difficult to operate and the instructions can be rather confusing. Try to look for a model that is user-friendly and if you don’t understand how it works, ask a professional to teach you.

  2. The thermostat was already there when you moved in. This could mean that you don’t know how to work it and you may not have the instructions to boot. We recommend searching for the model online or replacing it with a newer model instead.

  3. Misconceptions and other false information. You can’t believe everything you hear or read and this is definitely the case when it comes to keeping your home comfortable. For example, there’s a misconception that lowering the temperature on your thermostat will require more energy to warm the house back up again later.

Have questions about your programmable thermostat? Want to learn more about the benefits? Contact the heating and cooling experts at Uptown today!

Stay Comfortable Without Spending A Fortune This Fall

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Some homeowners in the Minneapolis - St. Paul area welcome fall with open arms. But others dread the changing temperatures as it represents a sign of higher energy bills once again. If you often find yourself spending a fortune on heating bills during the fall and winter months, take a peek at some of the energy-saving tips below:

  • Seal drafty windows and doors. The purpose of your home’s heating system is to heat the house, not the outdoors. We also recommend covering your windows with insulating drapes or shades.

  • Add caulking or weatherstripping to cracks and gaps around windows and doors.

  • Set the thermostat as low as is comfortable. When you head out for the day, lower the temperature 10-15°. Doing so for 8 hours a day could save you 10% on energy bills.

  • Have your heating system serviced now. Replace the filter in your furnace and make sure it’s ready for cooler temperatures.

  • Flush out your water heater. Get rid of sediment that has been building up all year for smoother operation this season.

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

Fall Harvest Festival

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Experience all of the beauty fall has to offer this weekend at the Fall Harvest Festival. Enjoy invigorating autumn breezes and changing landscapes at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum. There will be food, events and fun for the whole family this Sunday, October 2nd!

To kick off the day, the Harvest Hustle 5K Race begins at 9am. The top male and female winners will be awarded medals and special harvest medleys. Then at noon, the festival will be lively with activities for all.

Games Include:

  • Pumpkin tic-tac-toe

  • Pumpkin bowling

  • Kiddie hay maze

  • Kiddie corn pit

  • Bean bag toss

  • Ladder golf

Arts ‘n Crafts Include:

  • Corn cob painting

  • Paint-A-Pumpkin

  • Face painting

Food Concessions Include:

  • Fall-inspired menu

  • Craft brews

  • Cider tastings

  • Corn roast

There’s no better way to get outside and enjoy the beautiful weather and scenery autumn brings to Minnesota. So gather your friends and family members and head out to the Arboretum this weekend!

5 Fast Fixes For Household Headaches

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Whether it’s a sticky door lock or a cruddy bathroom fixture, there are tons of things around the house that drive us crazy. Even if they’re not always at the top of your mind, everyday annoyances can really get on your nerves after awhile. It’s time to take a few minutes out of your busy day to take care of the projects below once and for all:

  1. Remove buildup on shower drains: have gunk in or around the drain? There’s a simple solution for that. Tie 3-4 zip ties together, remove the drain catch and feed it down. Swivel it around a bit and move it up and down to catch and remove hair, dirt or other debris.

  2. Pop open sticky door locks: tired of sticking a key in the lock only to have it get stuck? Twist a mechanical pencil so a fair amount of graphite sticks out of the top. Slide it into the sticky lock so it breaks off and turns to powder. Then stick your key in there and turn it a few times to loosen up the stickiness.

  3. Bring cruddy bathroom fixtures back to life: have you tried scrubbing them to get them clean only to realize that it just doesn’t work? A fresh coat of spray paint will do the trick. You can save lots of money this way, especially if the fixtures are still working just fine.

  4. Silence squeaky doors: have a bottle of olive oil, or any other type of cooking oil sitting in the cabinet? Break it out and pour a bit on the hinges. In most cases of squeaky doors, it’s because the hinges need a bit of lube.

  5. Clean out your gutters without stepping foot on a ladder: this one takes a bit of creativity and some basic arts & crafts skills but all you need to do is attached a few pieces of pvc piping to the end of your leaf blower.

And when it comes to your heating or plumbing problems this fall, know that you can always count on the experts at Uptown Plumbing, Heating & Cooling. We’ve been serving the Twin Cities for over 100 years so you know you’re working with experienced professionals.

At Uptown, We Care About Our Community

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Uptown Plumbing, Heating & Cooling has been serving the Minneapolis - St. Paul area for over 100 years. We always put our community and our customers first. It’s important to us to continuously extend our support to those living in and around our community.

Here are some ways Uptown Plumbing, Heating and Cooling supports Minneapolis, St. Paul and surrounding communities:

  • Silent Auction Donations

  • Community Event Prize Donations

  • Community Education Programming

  • Giving Project: Charity Tune-Ups

  • Giving Project: Heat’s On --donating heating services for low-income households

  • Giving Project: Furnace/Water Heater donation to homeowners in need

  • Lead sponsor of Community Farmers Markets

  • Lead sponsor of Community Festivals

  • Lead sponsor of micro business loans for women entrepreneurs in Tanzania through World Encounter

  • Support orphanages abroad

For the best in service for your plumbing, heating and cooling needs across Minneapolis - St. Paul, call and speak with Uptown today.

Uptown's Guarantee

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What do you look for in a service company? Is it first-class customer service? Rapid and reliable technicians? Clear prices in advance? Well, if you said yes to all of the above, you may want to consider choosing Uptown Plumbing, Heating & Cooling because that’s only a few pieces of the puzzle when it comes The Uptown Guarantee.

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.

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

Licensed and Insured
We are fully licensed and insured for all the home service work you require, so you know you're in safe hands with us.

Trusted For 100 Years
For one hundred years, homeowners across Minneapolis - St. Paul have been enjoying our great service.

Neat, Tidy and Trustworthy
Our techs are background checked and always show due care and attention when inside your home. We take preventative measures such as using boot covers and work mats to protect your surfaces and keep everything neat and tidy.

Helpful and Friendly
You'll find the Uptown team to be helpful, friendly and willing to go that extra mile to ensure your experience with us is a great one.

 

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.

The Best Choice For Water Heaters In Minneapolis

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Picture this: you wake up in the morning and get ready to hop in the shower when you realize that you’re not getting any hot water. Then, later that day you go to throw in a load of dirty laundry and the same thing happens - no hot water. What could be wrong? Well, it may be time to have your water heater serviced or have a new one installed.

For fast repairs, expert advice and installations for your hot water needs in Minneapolis-St Paul, benefit from the up-front prices and satisfaction-guaranteed customer care you get when you choose the hot water experts at Uptown Plumbing. See below to find out why we’ve been the go-to source in the Twin Cities for over 100 years:

 

  1. Same Day Water Heater Repairs: Our plumbers are available when you need them, and get to you fast to repair your water heater so you can enjoy hot water again today.

  2. New Water Heaters & Installations: With a professional installation from Uptown Plumbing you can be sure of convenient and efficient hot water in your home for years to come.

  3. Up-Front Prices: Know the full price up front with per job pricing provided to you before we begin work.

  4. Satisfaction Guaranteed Service: Enjoy the best in service as well as expert hot water solutions with our service level commitment that comes backed with a satisfaction guarantee.

  5. Great Warranties: Not only do we back the quality of our workmanship up with a written warranty, we'll also help you to choose the right equipment with the best manufacturer's warranties to suit your needs.

So don’t fret the next time you don’t get hot water. Simply give the experts at Uptown Plumbing, Heating & Cooling a call at 651-315-7995!