Neighborhood Roots 2017 Winter Farmers Markets

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With New Year’s Day just a little over a week away, it’s time to start making some resolutions for 2017. What do you want to do next year that you weren’t able to accomplish this year? How about cleaning up your diet? If this sounds like something you want to tackle, we’ve got just what you need!

The Neighborhood Roots Winter Farmers Markets will be back and better than ever starting in January! With locally sourced fruits, vegetables and lots of other types of food there’s no reason why you can’t start eating better in 2017.

Mark your calendar Minnesotans! Here are the dates:

January 28th, 2017

February 25th, 2017

March 25th, 2017

All winter markets will be taking place from 9 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. at Bachman’s Garden Center (6010 Lyndale Ave S.)

So get those boots and winter jackets ready and make the best of the New Year! For now, you can treat yourself to some of the delicious recipes brought to you by Neighborhood Roots here: http://neighborhoodrootsmn.org/recipes/. We look forward to seeing you out there in a couple of weeks!

Save BIG With Home HVAC Zoning

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Why heat your whole house when your family members are only in certain rooms? Why set the whole house to the same temperature when some people like it a little cooler and some people prefer it a bit warmer? It doesn’t make sense, right? Well, with home HVAC zoning everything makes more sense!

Home zoning enables you to take greater control of your home environment by dividing it into “zones”, each with an independently controlled thermostat that links into the central system. What exactly does this mean? We’re going to break down some of the benefits.

1. LOWER ENERGY CONSUMPTION

Only heat areas in use rather than blanket heating your home. Heating specific areas of the house rather than the whole thing at once uses less energy which means you’ll save on utility costs.

2. INCREASE CONTROL AND COMFORT
Enjoy greater control of your individual comfort. Each room or zone can be set to a different temperature enabling everyone to enjoy the right temperature to suit them anywhere in the home. Like it cooler in the bedrooms at night? No problem. Like it warmer in the living room during the day? No problem. You get the picture.

Interested in learning more about the benefits of home zoning? We’ll work with you to design the right solution with the perfect number and location of zones as well as providing an expert installation so you can enjoy a perfectly comfortable home all year ‘round. Give Uptown a call today at 612-284-5789.

Common Holiday Decoration Fire Hazards

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If you haven’t done so already, you’ve only got  few days left to deck the halls - Christmas and Chanukah are less than a week away. While festive decorations are a major part of the holiday season, they can pose as major fire hazards if you’re not careful. In order to keep your family and friends safe this holiday season, you’ll want to follow the safety tips below:

  • Instead of lighting traditional candles, use battery-operated candles instead. No flame eliminates the risk of fire especially when they’re placed near other flammable items.

  • If you plan on lighting a candle or a fire in the fireplace, make sure all other objects are at least 12 inches away.

  • Keep the Christmas tree, toys, wrapping paper, cardboard boxes and all other flammable objects away from heat sources. This includes the fireplace, warm air vents, radiators, the oven and the stove.

  • Water the tree daily to prevent it from drying out. Dry trees are much more susceptible to catching fire.

  • Never overload electrical outlets and be sure to replace worn or broken cords and bulbs.

  • Remember to turn off all decorations, blow out candles and put out the fire before going to bed.

From our Uptown family to yours, we’re wishing you a happy holiday! And remember, when you need heating service, repairs or installations this winter you can always count on us! After all, we’ve been serving the Twin Cities for over 100 years.

Holiday Cooking Mistakes That Lead To Plumbing Problems

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It’s the most wonderful time of the year. Families across the country are gearing up to enjoy spending time with family and friends for the holiday season, but the most wonderful time of the year can quickly become “the biggest headache of the year” if you’re not careful. If you’re hosting the party this season, avoid these common cooking mistakes that can wreak havoc on your home’s plumbing system:

Keep Your Drains Clear By:

  • Depositing fats, oils and greases in the trash can or jar instead.

  • Wiping butter or margarine into the garbage before rinsing plates, bowls and utensils.

  • Discarding batter, icing and other thick baking items and sauces in the trash.

  • Being proactive and using BioOne to get rid of organic material that could cause blockages.

Keep Your Garbage Disposals Working By:

  • Keeping them free of stringy and fibrous foods.

  • Throwing bones from chicken wings, beef and the like in the garbage can.

  • Avoiding running coffee grinds down the disposal.

  • Checking to make sure the teeth have not corroded away.

From our Uptown family to yours, we’re wishing you a very safe and 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.

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.