In North America, Daylight Savings Time happens the first Sunday of each November, when the clock gets set back for one hour to get more light during winter mornings. Beyond changing your clocks and enjoying the extra hour of sleep, the end of daylight saving time is also a good reminder to perform seasonal home maintenance tasks. Here are a few to-dos to consider.
- Test your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors and update the batteries: This is also a good time to consider if you have placed the detectors appropriately and if they need to be replaced. You will need a 9-volt battery which you can find in most home maintenance stores.
- Inspect your HVAC furnace: This may help ensure that your heating equipment runs safely and efficiently. Routine maintenance may also help prevent a breakdown during the winter. If your furnace was already inspected, make sure you change your filters as well. First, check your filter size on the furnace and head over to a home maintenance store to buy the filter you need, et voila!
- Get your chimneys inspected: The U.S. Fire Administration recommends having your chimney inspected and cleaned annually. A certified chimney specialist is best qualified to do this, and will perform a visual check of the interior and exterior of your chimney. They will look for obstructions, issues with the basic structure and soot buildup, which are all potential fire hazards.
- Reverse the direction of your ceiling fans: Reverse the motor on your ceiling fans so they operate in the clockwise direction and you can enjoy energy savings, says EnergyStar.gov. When the blades run in a clockwise direction, they force warm air that collects near the ceiling down into the living space. Circulating the air this way helps decrease the demand on your heating system, and it may allow you to lower the thermostat a degree or two while remaining comfortable.
- Drain your water heaters: Draining your water heater can help remove sediment and should be done at least once a year. Check your manufacturer’s directions on how to drain your water heater or contact a professional for help.Remembering to complete these fall maintenance tasks when daylight saving time comes to an end can help ensure your home is ready for winter. From changing the direction of your ceiling fans to inspecting your fireplaces, handling these chores can help you be more comfortable and safer this winter.