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Tips About Garage Heating

Winter Is Here!

Action Plumbing Heating AC & Electrical - Garage Workroom

As winter brings the snow and cold, many families decide to use their garages more, decide on creative solutions like working out or craft rooms, or even keeping your vehicles warmer in subzero temperatures; Action Plumbing, Heating, Air Conditioning & Electrical Inc. is here to make that happen. This is a great article that will give you some advice on keeping your garage warm whilst observing important safety rules.

First, did you know that Action Plumbing Heating and Air Conditioning installs garage heaters? We do! Action Plumbing, Heating, Air & Electrical also completes furnace repair and installation with top notch state of the art equipment and technicians. Let's get started with more information...

Consider a fixed heater for your garage. Portable heaters can be very dangerous as they are easy to take over and often use flammable fuels. Risk of flooding is a big issue as well, not to mention about finding that some materials that you using your garage including gasoline, spray paints, and flammable chemicals and what can result in by is being caused by portable heaters becoming too hot.

Many of the best kinds of garage heaters include vent-free, sealed combustion and electric radiant ceiling panels just to name a few. You should try to avoid using fun style heaters, they have a tendancy to be a little less capable of heating largest spaces like a garage.

The best position of a new garage heater will vary according to what your decision is. Usually they will not be close to floor or any work surfaces that you are going to be using. A freestanding heater is probably not the best idea as this is likely to get in the way of your exit route or it could be knocked over. This is especially likely if it is on a table top. Instead, you should mount your heater on the wall all the ceiling. Many garage heaters allow you to direct heat as you need to. A good idea is to ensure that their heat flow is pointing towards the center of the garage, or towards any workbench area where you may be working. This will mean that you will get the maximum benefit from the heater.

A radiant panel could be considered, as these can warm up your garage and help it to stay warmer for longer. They do take a little while to heat up so you will need to be patient.

Keeping The Heat Inside

In order to keep your garage toasty and warm throughout the winter months, make sure that it is adequately heated. Sometimes the first thing that most people may think of when they consider heating their garage is simply purchasing a garage heater. Whilst this will provide some heat, there are a few other things that you can do to help your garage to stay warm.

  1. Insulate – the first thing that you’ll need to do is prevent any heat from escaping from the garage. Garages typically were not built to be warm, so adding insulation will ensure that there is no draught. Simply stopping the heat from escaping from in the garage is enough to keep that space warm enough to forego having a heater. Using a high-quality type of insulation on the walls and the ceiling may be preferred.
  2. Choose the right heater – Select an effective in heater for your garage space. By measuring the size of your garage and deciding on how quickly you’ll want the garage to heat up, means a lot. You should also bear in mind that some garage heaters require ventilation. Our Action qualified staff can help you with these types of questions and a simple call for help is always welcome.
  3. Installation – Be sure to make all the necessary installation plans for your heater ahead of time, especially if you want ahardwired electric heater installed for example.
  4. Check the windows and doors – Always remember to ensure that the windows and the doors in your garage are also well insulated. Seal the gaps around the door and window frames are likely to cause droughts and will enable the heat to escape outside. If there are any gaps, you can use sealant or caulk to fill the gaps and have a bid included in your information about overall cost. This will keep more of the heat in and will help to lower the heating bills

Garage heaters are a really good idea for your workspace no matter what you use it for. A garage heater will provide heat in the colder winter months when you need it the most and not only do they help to keep you warm, but they can also act as a way of keeping your garage and the things inside it from becoming damaged by frosty weather. Remember there are other heaters besides electric ones for you to choose from, but in general, electric garage heaters are the safest type. If you already have an electric supply in your garage, you will be able to choose from a wide variety of kinds of heaters.

A qualified staff member is standing by to send an experienced professional in Heating Services to your location. Call Action Plumbing Heating Air Conditioning & Electrical in Madison, WI 608-249-3747 and Sun Prairie, WI 608-837-3638.

Remember that we also serve these nearby communities: Middleton, Verona, Monona, Cottage Grove, De Forest, Fitchburg, Waunakee, Oregon, Mt. Horeb, Marshall and Windsor.

Winter Salt On The Roads Takes It's Toll

Posted on Thursday, Jul. 13, 2017 at 2:53 pm Updated Tuesday, October 17, 2017 - 8:43am

As residents of the City of Madison everyone sees salt on the roads from the first icy streets we drive on. To protect our citizens, the Madison Water Utilities will face the answer to many questions in 2019 and well into 2020. According to the website at MWU, special consideration will be given to this serious challenge we all face living in the Madison area. Action Plumbing, Heating, Air Conditioning & Electrical supports this endeaver by City officials to prepare us for the future of water in our entire region. We invite you to read this article and educate yourself on the upcoming efforts to answer the hard questions asked by our Madison community. 

MWU looks for solutions as road salt infiltrates a major West Side drinking water well. Take a look at the pictures below to see examples of too much salt. In the search for a solution for getting the salt out of millions of gallons of drinking water here in Madison, we look no further that Madison Water Utility for answers the rest of this year and into 2020.

Too Much Salt - I Want Action Now

About half of the road salt used in Madison is spread on parking lots, sidewalks and driveways as the picture shows. For a complete look at the history and next solutions for the future the main question to ask will be: How do you get road salt out of millions of gallons of drinking water pumped by a major municipal well?

That’s the question Madison Water Utility will be trying to answer next year during a study at Well 14 on University Ave. and Flambeau Road. The utility has set aside $125,000 in its 2018 operating budget to look at possible alternatives – everything from reconstructing the well to on-site desalination to abandoning the well entirely.

“By the end of the study, we’ll have an understanding of what the potential solutions are and what the potential costs are. And then we’ll have a discussion about what we think is the best way to proceed,” says Madison Water Utility water quality manager Joe Grande."

Well 14 is a critical water supply point for the city, pumping 750 million gallons of drinking water a year to homes and business along the University Ave. corridor. But it’s been showing increasing levels of sodium and chloride, the chemicals that make up salt. While not a health threat for most people, road salt in the water can have a big impact on taste. Madison Water Utility expects that levels will surpass the EPA-recommended threshold for taste in the next 12 to 15 years.

“We’re going to resolve the problem. Well 14 is one of our top producers,” says Grande. “I’m confident we’ll come up with a solution. It’s just going to be a costly one.”

Grande stresses it could be five to ten years before a long-term solution is built and in place.

Well 14 Disappointing initial study results

Earlier this year, the utility worked with researchers from the Wisconsin Natural History and Geological Survey to analyze the well’s bore hole. They discovered water was coming into the well primarily from two fractures in the sandstone aquifer – one just below the well's steel bore hole casing and one much deeper, about 230 feet below the casing.

“My initial thought was – you seal off that upper fracture and you’d be able to get better quality water because that lower fracture would have lower chloride and lower sodium,” Grande says. “But that wasn’t the case. We found that both of those fractures had similar levels of chloride and sodium.”

That means if the utility decides to reconstruct the well, it will likely have to pull water from far deeper below ground in what’s known as the lower aquifer, which has its own set of water quality issues.

“We would expect that there would be some level of iron and manganese in that water. And pulling water from those depths would be much more energy-intensive.”

Iron and manganese are minerals that occur naturally in the lower aquifer, but they can cause discolored water and stain plumbing fixtures.

A city-wide problem

Road salt is becoming a growing environmental crisis in Madison. Chloride from salt has been found in all five Yahara Lakes, and according to research from Public Health Madison and Dane County PDF , levels exceeding the Chronic Toxicity Criteria for small aquatic life have been observed in Dunn’s Marsh, University Bay Creek, and Starkweather Creek.

Salt in in parking lot

"This is a city-wide issue. Road salt has an impact on our lakes. It has an impact on our groundwater, and now our drinking water,” Grande says. “Well 14 is an indicator of things to come. It’s the first well that’s facing this kind of crisis. Others will follow suit.”

The City of Madison is launching a voluntary Winter Salt Certification Program -- the first of its kind in Wisconsin -- aimed at teaching contractors how to reduce salt use while maintaining safety. Salt spread on parking lots, sidewalks and driveways makes up about half of the total winter salt use in the city.

“There’s a heck of a lot of salt that’s being applied. Contractors can cut back their application rates by half and still be applying 5 to 10 times more than is adequate.”

A recent groundwater study funded by Madison Water Utility shows that some of the salt infiltrating Well 14 could be coming from a massive stormwater channel carrying salt-laden water into Spring Harbor from as far away as West Towne Mall. Madison Water Utility is partnering with City of Madison Engineering and the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) to install a monitoring station near Mineral Point Rd. and Grand Canyon Drive. The station will provide real-time precipitation, flow, and water quality measurements of that storm runoff.

“This new station will provide some baseline information to compare against an existing USGS monitoring station located at Spring Harbor,” Grande explains. “Now we’re kicking off this voluntary winter salt certification and all these other outreach efforts to try and get people to reduce the amount of salt they use. Hopefully we’ll be able to see indicators that the water quality is getting better in the storm runoff.”

Find Out More here: 

If you are considering replacing toilets, sinks, faucets, showerheads, hardware, garage heaters, and any of your heaters or furnaces, you have come to the right place. Call Action Plumbing, Heating, Air Conditioning & Electrical Inc. in Madison, WI 608-249-3747 and Sun Prairie, WI 608-837-3638 and speak to one of our qualified, certified staff about your specific needs.

Remember that we also serve these nearby communities: Middleton, Verona, Monona, Cottage Grove, De Forest, Fitchburg, Waunakee, Oregon, Mt. Horeb, Marshall and Windsor.


 This content is free for use with credit to the City of Madison - Madison Water Utility and a link back to the original post.

Now Is The Time To Begin Your Next Plumbing Project

Special Financing Offers

Synchrony Apply Now Action Home Climate Credit Card

Are you ready to begin your next plumbing project? Have you been putting off replacements, new plumbing product additions, or a complete remodel or upgrade on plumbing in your home or business location? Action Plumbing, Heating, Air Conditioning & Electrical has the best solutions out there and if your budget needs assistance then why not consider Special Financing Offers to facilitate making this project happen. Did you realize that we have an Action Plumbing & Heating Home climate credit card available to you from Synchrony Financial?

The Home Climate credit card from Synchrony Financial, means that monthly interest will be charged to your account from the purchase date if the promotional purchase is not paid in full within 12 Months or if you make a late payment when you decide to apply and are accepted for this new plumbing project. Find out below about the special financing offers available to you.

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No Monthly Interest if Paid in Full within 12 Months* Plan 312

With your Action Plumbing, Heating, Air Conditioning & Electrical, Inc. Home Climate credit card from Synchrony Financial, monthly interest will be charged to your account from the purchase date if the promotional purchase is not paid in full within 12 Months or if you make a late payment. A $29 account activation fee may apply. Fixed Monthly Payments Required until paid in full.

*Offer applies only to single-receipt qualifying purchases. No monthly interest will be assessed on the promo purchase if you pay the promo purchase amount in full within 12 Months.

If you do not, monthly interest will be assessed on the promo purchase from the purchase date. Fixed monthly payments are required equal to 2.5% of the initial promo purchase amount until paid in full. However, if account becomes 60 days past due, promo may be terminated early, accrued monthly interest will be billed, and regular account terms will apply, except that the fixed monthly payment will continue to be required until the promo purchase is paid in full. Regular account terms apply to non-promotional purchases and, after promotion ends, to promotional purchases, except that the fixed monthly payment will continue to be required until the promo purchase is paid in full. For new accounts: As of 10/04/2011, Purchase APR 26.99%; Minimum Monthly Interest Charge is $2. Activation Fee is $29.00. Existing Cardholders should see their credit card agreement for their applicable terms. Subject to credit approval.

11.99% APR until Paid in Full* Plan 501

With your Action Plumbing, Heating, Air Conditioning & Electrical, Inc. Home Climate credit card from Synchrony Financial, a $29 account activation fee may apply. Fixed Monthly Payments Required.

* Offer applies only to single-receipt qualifying purchases. Monthly interest will be assessed on promo purchases from the purchase date at a reduced 11.99% APR, and fixed monthly payments are required equal to 1.250% of initial promo purchase amount until promo is paid in full. However, if account becomes 60 days past due, promo may be terminated early and regular account terms will apply. The fixed monthly payment may be higher than the minimum payment that would be required if the purchase was a non-promotional purchase. Regular account terms apply to non-promotional purchases. For new accounts: As of 10/04/2011, Purchase APR 11.99%; Minimum Monthly Interest Charge is $2. Account Activation Fee is $29. Existing cardholders should see their credit card agreement for their applicable terms. Subject to credit approval.

9.99% APR until Paid in Full* Plan 749

With your Action Plumbing, Heating, Air Conditioning & Electrical, Inc. Home Climate credit card from Synchrony Financial, a $29 account activation fee may apply. Fixed Monthly Payments Required. Estimated payoff period is 48 months.

* Offer applies only to single-receipt qualifying purchases. Monthly interest will be assessed on promo purchases from the purchase date at a reduced 9.99% APR, and fixed monthly payments are required equal to 2.536% of initial promo purchase amount until promo is paid in full. However, if account becomes 60 days past due, promo may be terminated early and regular account terms will apply. The fixed monthly payment may be higher than the minimum payment that would be required if the purchase was a non-promotional purchase. Regular account terms apply to non-promotional purchases. For new accounts: As of 10/04/2011, Purchase APR 9.99%; Minimum Monthly Interest Charge is $2. Account Activation Fee is $29. Existing cardholders should see their credit card agreement for their applicable terms. Subject to credit approval.

Thank you for contacting us here at Action Plumbing Heating Air Conditioning & Electrical to find out more about our special financing offers.

Remember Action Plumbing, Heating, Air & Electrical has been providing the best plumbing, heating, AC and electrical service to Madison and the surrounding areas since 1989. We provide prompt, courteous and personal service to our customers. Our uniformed and highly trained technicians are focused on your needs. When you need Action now, call us! Madison, WI: 608-249-3747 Sun Prairie, WI: 608-837-3638.

Action Plumbing Heating & Air Conditioning - Water Filtration

When Drinking Water Quality Matters

Action Water Conditioning System

Are you interested in having filtered water for your home, business, or institution? You have come to the right place to find out more about Water Filtration as well as proper installation of state of the are filtration systems. 

Simply contact The Action Team here at Action Plumbing Heating Air Conditioning & Electric and find out more. As your favorite Madison plumber, we invite you to consider installing a water purifier in your home or commercial building location.

Madison Water Utilities has spent years in improving many aspects of the water we drink. Maintaining the quality of the water you drink has always been a top priority, and making sure it's the best continues to be the number one reason they are still winning awards for the entire state. Another valid point is consideration for additional filtering doesn't remove every contaminant.

Our Madison city water is already treated before it arrives at your house or office, however, this initial treatment doesn’t remove every contaminant and since the current standards in most cities are high, substances like chlorine, which is intentionally added to water to disinfect it, are not ideal for drinking, and more and more people have decided to filter it out.

Installation of a water filtration system can improve taste, provide odor removal, and offer a pleasant appearance could be just the start of water for your home or business location. Keeping your health, decreasing costs, and preventing damage to pipes and appliances will go a long way toward daily life in your home, business, or institution.

Did You Know About These Other Plumbing Services Action Offers:

  • Backflow RPZ Testing
  • Bathroom Plumbing
  • Bathtub Repair
  • Drain Cleaning
  • Emergency Plumber
  • Faucet Repair
  • Garbage Disposal Repair
  • Gas Leak Detection & Repair
  • Kitchen Plumbing
  • Leak Detection Services
  • Pipe Leak Detection & Repair
  • Plumbing Maintenance
  • Plumbing Products
  • Plumbing Repair
  • Plumbing Service
  • Sewer Cleaning
  • Sewer Line Replacement
  • Sink Repair
  • Slab Leak Detection & Repair
  • Sump Pump Installation
  • Toilet Repair
  • And More!

Action Water Conditioning SystemWater Filtration System Advantages:

Action Plumbing Heating Air Conditioning & Electrical has been your favorite Madison plumbers since 1989. This experience tells us that many undesirable chemicals and substances that come out of unfiltered tap water, wreak havoc on things we mentioned above. While the water in your home or business may have been treated to the minimal standard accepted by your city, some microscopic particles and contaminants may have not been removed.

While some bacteria or microorganisms are killed, many other elements could remain that need to be filtered out. A water filtration system from Action Plumbing Heating Air Conditioning & Electric can remove virtually all of the things that can be found in your home water system:

  • Chlorine and its by-products
  • Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs)
  • Certain pesticides and herbicides
  • Certain bacteria or microorganisms
  • Sediment
  • Lead

Action Plumbing Heating Air Conditioning & Electrical are the experts when it comes to water conditioning in the Madison area. We know the local water profiles and we can help you determine a water filtration system which will work best for your needs. Our licensed and insured plumbers and technicians will take the time to talk with you and understand what you are looking for.

Action Plumbing, Heating, Air & Electrical has been providing the best plumbing, heating, AC and electrical service to Madison and the surrounding areas since 1989. We provide prompt, courteous and personal service to our customers. Our uniformed and highly trained technicians are focused on your needs. When you need Action now, call us! Madison, WI: 608-249-3747 Sun Prairie, WI: 608-837-3638.

Kohler Brand - Case Study

 Spectacle™ 60.25 x 32.25"Freestanding Bath

 Freestanding Tub

Imagine: A soaking experience wrapped up in a sophisticated contemporary design. What thought comes to mind? Consider for a moment a new product by Sterling, a Kohler company; the freestanding tub of your dreams. And guess what, this has started a stampede of new product lines from the latest Kohler branded company called Sterling. Take a good look at this bathroom in the picture above. Notice that all the new products including the tub, are able to enhance every element around them. Achieving this type of style and look in your latest new project design is a goal many designers have taken on with the latest new plumbing products here in the USA. 

Being surrounded with tranquility and comfort in the Spectacle : freestanding bath, is just the latest creation made especially for your bath experience. Combining luxury with practicality in your Master or guest bath is state of the art in terms of design and materials, and can be yours for the asking. The oval, ergonomic design conforms to and supports your body as you stretch out fully and enjoy a deep, relaxing soak. Graceful shaped lines and generous bathing depth, complements a wide range of bathroom styles and offers easy installation for the discriminating at heart.

Adding  drama to your favorite bathing experience is just around the corner. Kohler calls it The Spectacle. Freestanding bathubs create the ultimate design, form and function in a relaxing space designed for your cormfort range. Take A Look ! 

The Spectacle Freestanding Tub - Dimensions & Measurements

Special Features - Freestanding design creates a striking focal point in your bathing area.

  • Oval-shaped basin offers a graceful and spacious bathing experience.
  • Center offset toe-tap drain.
  • 17-1/4" bathing depth offers a deep soaking experience.
  • Sloped lumbar support on both ends.
  • Wide ledge on one side is ideal for deck-mount faucet and/or handshower.
  • Bottom surface manufactured with textured appearance.
  • Built-in integral overflow.
  • Chrome drain included.
  • Material - Acrylic.

Let's speak about Sterling. "Sterling is Life well made. Real life is mess, and Sterling by Kohler makes it all a little better. Life happens. Every day. Whether you want it to or not." So get ready to enjoy and create your very own example and style for  that reality. Impeccably perfect kitchens and bathrooms may exist in the real world in the eye of the beholder. Our goal is we want you to be aware of the next best thing. And, since that real life is hectic and messy, you need to find out more about exactly why Kohler makes STERLING products.

STERLING products are TOUGH. They’re built to handle the wear-and-tear of everyday life. They’re NO FUSS. They’re manufactured to be a piece of cake to install and a cinch to clean. And they’re BEAUTIFUL. They’re designed to be products that you can be proud to have in your home—for a long time to come. All of which means you get to have your cake and eat it too with STERLING. That makes us the SMART choice for the job at hand.

Plus, Sterling is a Kohler company, which means every product is backed by over 140 years of manufacturing experience and excellence in the industry.

Whether you’re a seasoned trade professional, a die-hard DIY-er, or you’re simply looking for a durable and beautiful product for your home, STERLING has what you need for a job done right.


The Sterling Faucet Co. was founded in 1907. The company built a name for itself manufacturing quality faucets and brassware. Sterling came into the Kohler fold in 1984, providing a mid-priced, full-line plumbing brand that was tough as it was beautiful.

Since then, Sterling has been a brand of Kohler, a company with a world-class reputation of its own as the recognized leader in kitchen and bath design. Kohler's diversity of products and powerful portfolio of businesses offer industry-leading design, craftsmanship and innovation all knit together by a single level of quality over a broad range of price points.

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