It’s almost here! Daylight Savings Time begins Sunday, March 13 at 2am. Here at Hofmeister Realty, we are excited for longer days and, if we’re lucky, warmer weather! But for homeowners across the country, the beginning and end of Daylight Savings Time is about more than changing your clocks. The twice-a-year habit also serves as a good reminder for checking up on things around the house that often go unnoticed. Here’s a handy checklist for keeping up your home this spring.
- Change ALL of your clocks. This seems like a no-brainer, and most of our electronic devices do this for us, but we all know there’s one clock that always escapes our notice.
- Check your detectors. Smoke detector and carbon monoxide detector batteries should be checked or replaced at least twice a year.
- Flip your mattress. In order to keep your mattress from wearing out in the same spots, it’s recommended that you flip it twice a year. If you have a pillow top, try rotating the mattress instead.
- Clean out your medicine cabinet. Does anyone really throw out medicine on the expiration date? Probably not. Daylight Savings can be a good time to get rid of expired drugs or prescriptions like painkillers that you may not want to keep in your home any longer. But wait! Don’t just throw those pills away, and certainly don’t flush them down the toilet. Read the FDA’s instructions for safely discarding drugs, or find out about your community’s drug take-back day.
- Clean air, clean house. Remember to change or wash your HVAC filters and vacuum out as many of your air ducts as you can. If you’re looking to really eliminate dust in the air, consider a professional duct cleaning.
- Flip the fan. If you read our blog about Daylight Savings tips this fall, you know that in the winter, ceiling fan blades should move clockwise in order to push warm air down into a room. In the spring, you’ll want to flip the switch on your ceiling fan so that your blades move counterclockwise, keeping your room nice and cool.
- Don’t be late! Don’t forget that the first day of Daylight Savings Time means we “lose” an hour of sleep. Be sure to set those clocks ahead when you go to bed, or else you may miss a “very important date!”