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Tips to Clean And Care For Your Humidifier

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If you use a humidifier in your home or business, proper maintenance will go a long way in helping you breathe easier. A poorly tended humidifier can emit contaminants that can cause inflammation in the lungs. Diligent cleaning will also increase the overall functionality and lifespan of your humidifier. Read on for some helpful hints in humidifier maintenance!

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Clean your humidifier daily

Daily emptying of your humidifier’s water tank, as well as wiping it down with a clean cloth, will help ensure that harmful materials don’t build up and eventually affect your health. A clean humidifier is a properly functioning humidifier!

 

Filter checks

Not all humidifiers have filters, but if yours does, ensure that you replace it with a filter that has been treated to prevent the build-up of harmful contaminants, such as algae and mold which can contribute to your allergy symptoms.

Descaling your humidifier

Minerals can build up in your humidifier over time. Use undiluted white vinegar and a cleaning cloth to get rid of these. To skip descaling, use distilled water instead of tap water, as the latter can contain unwanted pollutants.

 

Sanitize it!

Many humidifiers come with sanitization instructions. However, if yours doesn’t, you can accomplish this by filling the tank (while it’s still on the base) with white vinegar and letting it stand for 20 minutes. After that, you can rinse it out with fresh water.

 

Humidity Monitoring

It is recommended by the EPA that you keep a humidity level of less than 50%. Higher levels than that provide a window for bacteria to grow within your humidifier.

 

When in Doubt, Call a Professional!

If you find yourself needing assistance with your humidifier or any other HVAC needs, we here at Dean’s Professional Plumbing, Heating and Air are glad to be of service. We proudly serve the St. Paul, North Metro, and Minneapolis areas. Give us a call! 651-237-9190

iStock_000085027895_LargeLooking to escape the summer heat? Air conditioning is truly a warm weather essential.  

We know that a new air conditioning unit can be a weighty investment. However, we always want our clients to have peace of mind with their purchases. That’s why we offer financing options that help make your new A/C installation affordable.

Financing Through an FTL Credit Card

We offer financing for your HVAC system with an FTL Credit Card.  It’s a convenient way to pay for your Home Projects purchases, like your air conditioner installation.  As an additional benefit, cardholders can enjoy exclusive benefits throughout the year.

FL Finance Information/Benefits:

  • Easy approval process
  • We can finance service work only
  • Finance $1,000-$35,000 using the Finance Lease
  • Finance $300-$35,000 using the FTL ESC Card
  • Fixed interest rates
  • Fixed terms
  • Online, over the phone, or mail bill pay availability
  • Friendly customer service team

Due for a new air conditioning system? Financing your new system can be the perfect way to stay cool this summer.

Apply for FTL finance here on our website or give our professional HVAC technicians a call. We can help you find the right A/C unit for your home. Contact the expert technicians at Dean’s Professional Plumbing, Heating, Air & Drain:

St. Paul: 651-237-9190

North Metro: 763-515-4852

Minneapolis: 612-424-0982

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air conditioning service minneapolisThere is nothing worse than a broken air conditioning system on a hot day. Fortunately, there are ways to keep your HVAC system working smoothly all summer long. Here are a few tips to help you prevent air conditioning problems so that you and your family can beat the heat this summer.

Prevent A/C Problems:

  • Change Your Air Filters – Overtime, dirt and dust will clog your air conditioning filters. This keeps air from flowing freely throughout your air conditioning system. Change your air filters to keep your air conditioning system working smoothly.
  • Schedule a Tune Up – Just like any mechanical system, your air conditioner needs a tune up in order to work efficiently. During a tune-up, a technician can help make sure that things are running smoothly and that any potential problems are addressed early in the season.
  • Remove Debris Near the Condenser – Leaves, plants, and tall grasses should be kept away from your outdoor condenser. You don’t want the sides of the condenser to be covered, as this encourages corrosion.

If you run into any problems with your air conditioning system this summer, don’t hesitate to give our HVAC technicians a call. We can help you diagnose and repair your air conditioning problems so that you and your family can stay cool.  Contact the expert technicians at Dean’s Professional Plumbing, Heating, Air & Drain:

St. Paul: 651-237-9190

North Metro: 763-515-4852

Minneapolis: 612-424-0982

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It’s the first day of summer!

Summer is the season of swimming pools, BBQs, gardening, and trips to the park. No matter how you plan on spending your summer here in Minneapolis, you want to make sure that your home plumbing system is running smoothly all season long. Here are a few tips to help you prevent plumbing mishaps this summer.

Plumbing Tips for Summer:

  • Prep For Your Summer Getaways – Before leaving for your summer vacation, be sure to turn off the main water valve to your home. In the event there is a plumbing problem, like a leaky pipe, while you are away, turning off your main water valve will prevent flooding.
  • Check Your Garden Hoses – Planning on filling up a swimming pool or watering your garden? Be sure to check your garden hose and hose bib for cracks. These leaks can add up to significant water costs if not caught early on.
  • Watch What You Put in Your Garbage Disposal – Many BBQ foods can’t be put down your garbage disposal. Any BBQ food with a bone can damage the disposal blade. Starchy foods like pasta and potato salad can expand and clog the drains. Be sure to throw these foods in the trash, rather than down your disposal.
  • Install a Hot/Cold Hose – Running warm water through your gardening hose can help make it easier to bathe pets outdoors! Keep dirt outside by hosing down your pets and letting them dry off before heading back indoors.

If you run into any problems with your home plumbing system today or any day this summer, contact our office.  Our professional plumbing technicians are here to help you keep your home plumbing running smoothly all summer long.  Contact the expert technicians at Dean’s Professional Plumbing, Heating, Air & Drain:

St. Paul: 651-237-9190

North Metro: 763-515-4852

Minneapolis: 612-424-0982

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plumbing service brooklyn park mnSummer is almost here! With the weather finally warming up, homeowners will need to make sure that their outdoor plumbing systems are ready for the new season. Here are a few tips to help you keep your outdoor plumbing running smoothly all summer long.

Outdoor Plumbing Prep:

  • Maintain Sprinklers – Sprinklers help keep your lawn bright and green. Make sure that you regularly clean and maintain your sprinklers. Be careful when mowing the lawn and look out for sprinkler head damage. Sprinkler leaks can leave you with a high water bill!
  • Inspect Your Sewers – Slow draining sink? During the summer months tree roots seek out sources of water. If you have a leak in your plumbing system, the tree roots can grow in your sewer lines, leaving you with a slow draining plumbing system.
  • Prevent Backups – During the summer months, rain can cause sewer systems to back up more easily. Now is the perfect time to install a sump pump to prevent basement flooding.
  • Check Your Garden Hoses – Over the long, cold winter months, your garden hose bibs may crack. Check to make sure that your outdoor faucet doesn’t have any leaks before you use the hose to fill your pool or wash your car.
  • Plant Trees Wisely – Planning on doing some spring and summer gardening? Be mindful of where your plumbing is located! Avoid planting deep rooted trees and shrubs near your sewer lines.

If you run into any problems with your outdoor plumbing system this summer, we’re here to help! Our professional plumbing technicians are here to help you keep your home plumbing running smoothly all summer long.  Contact the expert technicians at Dean’s Professional Plumbing, Heating, Air & Drain:

St. Paul: 651-237-9190

North Metro: 763-515-4852

Minneapolis: 612-424-0982

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air conditioning service minneapolisHave you scheduled your summer air conditioning tune-up? Now is the perfect time to make sure that your A/C is in good condition for the warm summer months. With regular maintenance, you can make sure that your home is cool when you need it most.

Why You Need An A/C Tune-Up:

  • You’ll Prevent Future Breakdowns – By scheduling an air conditioning tune-up, you will keep your A/C unit in good condition. Everything will run smoothly through the summer months when you need it most.
  • You’ll Save Money – When your A/C doesn’t have to work as hard to cool down your home, you will spend less on your utility bills at the end of the month.
  • You’ll Extend the Lifespan of Your System – A HVAC system tune-up helps keep your air conditioning system running in good shape. This means a longer lasting unit and more money in your pocket.
  • You Will Catch Problems Early On – During a tune-up, a professional technician can catch any problems with your system early on. You can address any necessary repairs before your system breaks down.

Like with any home appliance, your air conditioner needs regular maintenance to stay in good condition. If you have any questions about your HVAC system, or you are ready to schedule your annual tune-up, contact the expert technicians at Dean’s Professional Plumbing, Heating, Air & Drain.  We are here to help keep you and your family cool all summer long!

air conditioning service maple grove mnOn hot summer days, an inefficient cooling system can be costly. Fortunately, with a few simple changes you can use less energy and save money on your monthly utility bills. Here are a few energy saving tips to consider this summer.

Energy Saving Tips:

  • Install a Programmable Thermostat – Programmable thermostats help you save energy and money by managing your air conditioning system more effectively. You can raise the temperature of your home while you are away at work, while still keeping it a comfortable temperature when you’re at home in the evening.
  • Turn Off the Lights – Don’t forget to turn off the lights when you leave the room! This simple habit can help you save on your electric bill.
  • Lower Your Water Heater Temperature – Your water heater should be set to 120 degrees F. This is the optimal temperature for energy savings and warmth.
  • Change Air Filters – Changing or cleaning your HVAC air filters will keep your system running efficiently. This means that your system won’t have to work as hard to keep your home cool.
  • Seal Windows and Doors – Check to make sure that your windows and doors don’t have drafts. Drafts can keep cool, air conditioned air from escaping your home.

Looking to upgrade your home HVAC system to a more energy efficient unit this summer? Our professional technicians at Dean’s Professional Plumbing, Heating, Air & Drain are here to help you every step of the way. From picking out the right system for your home to installation to annual maintenance, we can help you keep your home cool for less.

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iStock_000017008605_LargeThere is nothing better than a summertime BBQ with friends and family. When inviting guests over and prepping your favorite grilled foods, the health of your plumbing system is likely a far thought in the back of your mind.

However, many BBQ foods can cause plumbing problems. Here are a few tips to help you prevent a slow draining sink drain during your summer BBQ.

How to Prevent Clogged Drains:

  • Throw Away Grease – Although grease may look like a liquid, it will harden and stick to the sides of your plumbing pipes when it cools. Be sure to dispose of grease in a closed container, rather than letting it go down the drain.
  • Keep Rib Bones Out of Your Disposal –If ribs are part of your BBQ, don’t put the bones down your garbage disposal. They can bend and damage the disposal blades.
  • Avoid Putting Macaroni Salad in the Disposal – Macaroni salad, potato salad, and other starchy foods should also be kept out of your disposal. These foods can expand when wet and leave you with a clogged or slow draining sink.

If you experience any problems with your home’s drains this summer, give our office a call! Our technicians are here to help you keep your home plumbing running smoothly.

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plumber plymouth mnIs your home prone to flooding?

A flooded basement is more than a nuisance.  Floods can be costly, leave your basement with mold or mildew problems, and damage belongings that are important to you.  With heavy spring and summer rains on the way, now is the perfect time to consider installing a sump pump!

How does a sump pump work?

Sump pumps are designed to take water that has collected in a sump basin and pump it away from your home to a place where it is no longer problematic.  This means that  the foundation of your home is safe from water damage and your belongings stay dry.

There are generally two different types of sump pumps.  Pedestal sump pumps are mounted above the sump, while submersible sump pumps are mounted inside.  They can either be hardwired into your home electrical system, or they can have a battery backup to protect your home against flooding even when the power is out.

Here are a few of the different sump pump services that we offer:

  • Backup and battery operated sump pumps
  • Submersible sump pumps
  • Basement sump pumps
  • Sewage ejector pumps

If your home rests below the water table, sump pumps are one of the best preventative measures that you can take to avoid flooding. If you are looking to install a sump pump this spring or summer, give us a call! We have over 35 years of combined industry experience in protecting homes with sump pump installation, repair and inspections. Call our offices below to learn more about the services we offer.

St. Paul: 651-237-9190

North Metro: 763-515-4852

Minneapolis: 612-424-0982

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Is your home’s plumbing and heating system ready to take on cooler temperatures? Now that fall is officially here, it’s time to start thinking about transitioning out of summer and into the new season and there are some things you can do around your home to help prepare. After all, you won’t want to be stuck with a major plumbing or heating headache when winter gets here.

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  • After you’ve washed off the deck and all of the outdoor summer furniture, remember to turn your hose off from the main water line. Your pipes can freeze and burst if there is is any stagnant water in the line.
  • Save energy by keeping your thermostat set no higher than 68 degrees when you need heat and if the house gets too warm in the next couple of weeks, open up your windows instead of turning on the AC.
  • Check windows and doors to make sure the seals are still working properly. Drafts can cause your energy bills to increase.
  • Keep your water heater set to around 140 degrees. You can help reduce energy by wrapping it in an insulated blanket that will keep heat in.
  • Have your plumbing and heating equipment serviced by a professional. It’s the best way to make sure everything is ready to take on the new season.

Have you made a fall maintenance appointment yet? Contact the friendly customer service staff at Dean’s Professional Plumbing, Heating, Air & Drains today!

As of Thursday, March 26, 2020, Dean’s Home Services is OPEN to service customers with their plumbing, heating, air, electric, sewer, drain and duct cleaning needs.

Dean’s Home Services is taking every precaution to keep our employees and our customers safe through these uncertain times. We are training on best practices to keep everyone safe and healthy. If you have any immediate services needs or any questions about how Dean’s Home Services can help you and your family over the next few weeks, please call/email/text us right away. We are here for you!