While you are springing forward…

Daylight savings conceptWhile you are adjusting your clocks on Sunday, March 11th for daylight savings, there are other things that you should get in the habit of doing as well.

The number one thing people will remind you to do is to change your batteries in your smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors.  Maybe you can take this one step further and also change them in the homes of an elderly family member or neighbor, since they are usually unable to or should not be climbing a ladder.  Grab your kids, some extra batteries, a step ladder and head out into your neighborhood.

While you are in a spring cleaning mood, take care of these household tasks.

  • Now is a good time to reverse the direction of your ceiling fan.  In the spring, the blades should rotate counter-clockwise and clockwise in the fall.  This will help draw up the hot air in the spring and cool off your room, and in the winter it will push down the warm air trapped near the ceiling.
  • Replace the filters in your heater and air conditioner.  This should be done several times a year to ensure that they run as efficiently as possible.  The better the filter, the more often you need to change it.  High-quality filters trap more particles than open-weave filters, causing a quicker reduction in air flow.
  • If you have a fireplace, schedule a chimney sweep in the fall and in the spring.  Take some time to clean up the fireplace and brush down the walls.
  • Drain your water heater.  It is recommended that you drain one quart of water from your water heater every three months, to remove sediments that can cause extra strain on the water heater.  Make sure to check the owner’s manual for your water heater for further recommendations and how to drain the water correctly.
  • Go through your medicine cabinet and first aid kit and discard any expired or discolored products.  Dispose of any prescription medication that is expired or no longer needed.  In Guilford, you can drop prescription medications at the police department for disposal.  You can also search on FDA.gov for how to safely dispose of medications.
  • Go through your pantry and dispose of any expired or stale/opened foods.  Place  pantry pest traps in cabinets where you store grains or flour, to curb the moth population before it gets started.

Most importantly, go out and just enjoy the beautiful spring weather.  You deserve it!

Dreamy girl by fountain

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