Daylight saving time occurs twice a year when we set our clocks forward or back an hour. It also serves as the perfect reminder for a few maintenance projects around your house. Daylight saving begins on Sunday, March 13, at 2 a.m. and ends on Sunday, Nov. 6, at 2 a.m.
After you’ve changed your clocks, perform these other seasonal home-maintenance tasks to keep your home safe and operating efficiently.
Daylight saving home maintenance checklist
- Replace the batteries in your smoke/carbon monoxide detectors.
- Check and replace light bulbs.
- Stock up on a supply of replacement light bulbs and batteries.
- Flip/rotate your mattress.
- Locate air leaks in your windows and doors, and seal with foam or caulk.
- If you own a chimney, use this opportunity to have it inspected.
- Drain your water heaters. Energy.gov suggests draining a quart of water from your water tank every three months.
- Reverse your ceiling fan’s direction. Blow air down in the winter and up in the summer.
- Schedule a cooling system check.
- Check your medicine cabinet and throw away anything that has expired.
- Clean your oven/stove.
- Replace furnace and air-conditioning filters.
- Check and clear debris from dryer and heater vents.
What other daylight saving time projects are you planning to complete around the house this year?
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