Daylight saving ends this weekend when local standard time is restored. Remember to turn your clocks back 1 hour.
Winter time (also know as “Fall Back”) means that sunrise and sunset will be about 1 hour earlier than the day before, so there will be more light in the morning.
This turning point, is also an opportunity to take care of a some biannual tasks around the home which may otherwise be left undone.
Here for a few helpful suggestions:
- Check your smoke detectors.
You’ve probably heard this one before, but it’s worth repeating. Take the time to make sure your smoke alarms are in working order and have fresh batteries. It’s a fact, smoke alarms save lives.
- Turn over your mattress.
To make sure your mattress wears evenly, manufacturers recommend you turn it every six months. If you’ve got an underlay rotate it.
- Clean your pillows.
Oils and dust from your face accumulate in your pillow over time, so twice a year, it’s recommend they be cleaned. If you’ve owned a pillow for more than two years, experts recommend you replace it.
- Take stock of your medicine cabinet and pantry.
Fall back is a great time to unclutter your pantry and medical supplies. Dispose of anything that is stale or has expired.
- Clean your fridge’s coils.
To keep your refrigerator running efficiently, ease your unit away from the wall and vacuum away the layers of dust from the coils.
- Vacuum your dryer’s vent and ducts.
Lint lodged in the vent pipes, the space behind the dryer, and ducts outside can cause fire if left to accumulate. Use a vacuum to remove this.
- Replace or clean filters around your house.
Use this time to inspect the filters in your heating, ventilation and air-conditioning units to make your systems are still running well. Also check your water filter and the filter in your vacuum.
- Clean the oven.
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- Check your emergency kit.
If you’ve depleted your supply of batteries, bandage, and other just-in-case items over the past six months, use this time to restock.