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What is Scale? Can it Affect Your Plumbing?

Scale buildup can reduce the efficiency of your plumbing and potentially cause damage. Learn how scale affects your pipes and fixtures from the experts at Steve’s Plumbing and Heating.

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Are Your Air Ducts Making You Sick?

Do you suffer from unexplained indoor allergies? Do they become worse when you’re forced to wait out the winter inside? If so, your air ducts may be the culprit behind your mysterious symptoms. Unfortunately, all manner of dust, microbes, and other health-harming particles can accumulate inside your ducts over time, and if you don’t have them cleaned, the buildup may be substantial.

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Indoor Air Quality and Winter Allergies: How Air Purification Helps

In Minnesota, bitter cold necessitates staying indoors for the majority of the winter. Unfortunately, staying indoors for months at a time can significantly impact your health if your home has poor air quality. At Steve’s Plumbing and Heating, we’re well aware of the negative effects air can have on your body, which is why we provide high-quality air purification to homeowners throughout the Twin Cities metro. If you suffer from persistent allergy symptoms or nagging health issues, an air purification system can help alleviate your health concerns. Curious about what it can do for you and your family’s health? Let’s take a look.

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Home Heating Issues? Signs It’s Time to Replace Your Thermostat

Winter in central Wisconsin is notoriously cold, which means it’s the worst time of year to be without a properly functioning thermostat. Typically, HVAC thermostats last approximately 10 years, so if you know you’re due for a replacement, now is a perfect time. If, however, your thermostat hasn’t hit it’s age threshold yet, and your HVAC system is acting odd, our team at Steve’s Plumbing and Heating is here to help. Here are three of the most common signs that your thermostat is ready for a replacement:

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Furnace vs. Heat Pump: Which Should You Choose?

If you’re looking to upgrade your heating system before winter strikes, you’re almost out of time! When it comes to heating your home, you have a couple of options: a furnace or a heat pump. Which one should you choose? Is one better than the other? At Steve’s Plumbing and Heating, we get a lot of questions from homeowners who aren’t sure which heating option is best suited to their home. We’ve put together this brief breakdown of the differences between a heat pump and a furnace and what you should consider when making your decision.

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Indoor Air Quality: How Winter Can Make Your Allergies Worse

Everyone knows that winter is cold and flu season, and spring is allergy season, right? But what if we told you that winter can often make your allergies worse? You know that stuffy nose you always get? Or how about the itchy, dry eyes that plague you all winter long? While you may have assumed the common cold was causing your symptoms, chances are your allergies were to blame. What’s causing your worsened allergy symptoms during winter? The experts at Steve’s Plumbing & Heating explain.

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Dry Skin Getting You Down? How a Permanent Humidifier Can Help

Winter weather is notorious for sapping your skin of its much-needed moisture. Harsh winds, sub-zero temperatures, and dry air can really do a number on your skin over the span of our snowy months here in Wisconsin. And while slathering yourself in lotion multiple times a day might be a quick fix, what your skin (and nasal passages, lips, and eyes) really need is more moisture in the air. How can you achieve that? With a permanent humidifier inside your home! The professionals at Steve’s Plumbing & Heating explain what humidity control is and how it can benefit you and your family.

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What To Do When Your Water Heater Breaks

It's one of the worst things a homeowner can experience, but there are quite a few things you can do to prevent serious damage to your home (and income) in the event your water heater tank breaks. Thankfully, we're not only make the situation considerably less stressful, but walk you through the steps so you can rebound as soon as possible. Here's a look at what to do in the event your water heater tank breaks.

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Do You Need to Maintain a Water Heater?

A water heater is one of the big workhorses of your home, but it's also one of the easiest to ignore. When it's well-maintained and running properly, it is almost silent. It's also typically stationed in a basement or utility room, so you don't see it every day. Despite all of this, it does require some maintenance.

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Signs It is Time to Replace Your Water Heater

Your water heater is an important appliance in your home. It is responsible for providing the hot water you need to shower, wash your dishes and clean your laundry. Unfortunately though, this important appliance does not last forever. There are many factors that affect just how long your water heater will last, including its size, brand, how often it is used and how well maintained it is. If your unit is nearing the end of its lifespan, it will give you signs that it may need to be replaced. Here are a few of the most common signs that it may be time to replace your hot water heater.

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