Daylight Savings Is A Good Reminder For Home Maintenance
It’s that time of the year again! Daylight savings time begins this Sunday. Time to change the time. Remember: Spring forward (set your clock an hour ahead Saturday night when daylight saving begins in the Spring) and Fall back (set your clock an hour back Saturday night when daylight savings time ends in the Fall.)
Why do we have to do this? Here is a short video, if you like, explaining why we observe daylight savings.
Necessary or not, we can use these days to our advantage. By making daylight savings a time for doing home maintenance it makes the maintenance become a routine and is less likely to get overlooked.
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Here’s a list of things you might want to do twice a year around the daylight savings time change. Just print out a couple of copies, put one in a home maintenance file for copying twice a year (handy for keeping warranties, manuals, receipts, house paint chips…), highlight what works for you, and check them off as you go.
Daylight Savings Time Home Maintenance Checklist
1) Change The Time
I know, it seems obvious, but it had to make the list. There are many items that are connected to a network that updates itself such as cell phones and most computers, but you’ll still need to change the time on your wrist watches, wall clocks, clock radios, digital cameras and most appliance clocks.
2) Look Through Your Pantry
Go through your pantry and weed out expired, or stale open food. Now is also a handy time to make a grocery list for items you need to replace.
3) Go Through Your Medicine Cabinet
Discard any expired products or items you’re not interested in using anymore. The FDA has information on the safe disposal of unused medicines.
4) Rotate and Flip Your Mattress
Of course, if you have a mattress that is not designed to be flipped then simply rotate it. If the weather is clear you should try to get the mattress out into the fresh air with the sun on it for a day as well.
5) Light Bulbs and Batteries
Now is a good time to replace dead light bulbs and to stock up on batteries. Remember to never store batteries in a metal container as it’s a major fire hazard.
Schedule a Chimney Sweep to come clean your chimney or do it yourself with a chimney cleaning tool. The rotary chimney cleaning tools work nicely.
7) Replace Batteries In Your Smoke Detector
This is the standard time to remember to replace batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. Help any elderly people you know with this as well.
8) Check and Replace Filters
- Furnace and air conditioning filters, as needed
- Water filtration systems
- Dryer vent filter and hoses
9) Plan For Emergencies
Update your emergency plan and make sure everyone in the household is aware of what they need to do. Run a drill with children so they fully understand how to escape a burning house and what to do in an earthquake. Make sure your fire extinguishers are easy to get to. If you don’t have any, buy some now.
10) Prevent Clogs
Clean your bathroom drains and prevent clogs by pouring a cup of baking soda around the drain opening, then pour in a cup of white vinegar. Next, close the drain and let it sit for 10 minutes. Meanwhile, boil a kettle full of water and when the 10 minutes are up, carefully pour the boiling water down the drain. Use this trick monthly for slow drains.Don’t worry, you’ve got this.
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