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Daylight Savings Time Reminders

Posted by Isaac Mittan on Thursday, October 29th, 2015 at 7:00am.

Daylight Savings Time (DST) ends at 2:00am this Sunday November, 1st. In addition to setting your clocks back one hour and enjoying that extra time to rest, DST is a perfect reminder to do some small maintenance items around the house and your vehicles.

Daylight Savings Time Reminders

Daylight Savings Time Reminders for your Home:

  • Set your clocks back 1 hour: Most devices with an internet connection such as cell phones, tablets and certain computers will reset themselves automatically but others won't. When you wake up, change all appliances, clocks, watches, and devices to reflect the new time. Don't forget your thermostat and car!

  • Replace the air filter in your furnace: Replacement time depends on the type of filter you have in your furnace. If you've purchased a disposable filter, it should say on the package. A good rule of thumb is 1-2 months for cheap filters (less that $10) or about 3 months for more expensive ones (around $20). Non disposable filters should be washed monthly.

Daylight Savings Time Reminders

  • Flip/Rotate Mattress: In order to keep mattresses from wearing unevenly, it is recommended to rotate them every six months. If you find it hard, like us, to keep track of when you last rotated or flipped them then definitely use DST as a reminder to do so.

     

  • Replace batteries in smoke detectors: In order to keep you and your loved ones safe, use DST as a reminder to replace smoke detector batteries and use the test feature on each one to make sure they are functioning properly.

Daylight Savings Time Reminders

  • Vacuum the dryer vent and exhaust: Buildup of lint in a dryer vent and exhaust can cause the dryer to work inefficiently and can be a fire hazard.

     

  • Check your emergency kit and medicine cabinet: Check your emergency kit (s) and make sure that all items are stocked and that any items with expiration dates are properly discarded. Check your medicine cabinet for any expired medicines. Take any expired prescriptions to a local drug store to be properly discarded – do not throw them into the sewer system or trash.

  • Clean your oven and fridge: Give your oven a clean with an oven cleaner to remove any burnt food particles. Clean out your fridge and vacuum underneath. Discard any expired food items.

 

Daylight Savings Time Reminders for your Car:

 

Check your tire pressure and tread depth, swap wheels if necessary: As the temperatures start to cool for winter, it is crucial to practice proper tire and car maintenance. Did you know that for every 10 degrees of temperature change your tire PSI (Pounds per Square Inch) changes by about 1? So if your car's front tires' proper PSI is 34 at 80F then your new PSI would be about 30 at 40F and 28 at 20F. Operating a tire at an improper PSI can cause your tires to fail (crack or a blow out). Read more about properly inflating your tires and how temperature affects them in this article by Tirerack
Daylight Savings Time Reminders

  • Checking your tires' tread depth will let you know how much life is left on your tires. Having the proper tires and depth on those tires, will keep you safer when it snows. Those tires are the first thing that touches the ground and if they are too worn or not the right type, then it will be harder for your vehicle to keep you safe during dicey weather. DST might be a good time to swap your tires for winter tires(best option) or a good set of all-season tires.

     

  • Check your vehicle's oil level and all fluids*: Check all the fluids in your car to make sure they are at the proper level. Lifehacker has a great article on how to check each. If there is anything you are unsure of or needs maintenance, then take your vehicle to a trusted mechanic for a professional opinion.

Daylight Savings Time Reminders

*Some vehicles do not have oil dipsticks or may have a completely sealed engine so be sure to take your car in for regular maintenance.

Daylight Savings Time Reminders

 

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