Spring is quickly approaching, and with spring comes flowers, rainy days, and the slow return of green in our lawns and trees. Another part of spring in several parts of the country is Daylight Saving Time, which begins Sunday, March 8th at 2 a.m. this year. That means it will be time once more to move the clock forward by one hour, allowing us to enjoy more and more daylight in our evenings.
The beginning of Daylight Saving Time is also the perfect time to take a few minutes and do a few other small, typically forgettable, yet very important tasks around the house. This will ensure that your home is working at its peak form and that you and your family will remain safe.
Here are 8 other tasks you should accomplish on March 8th!
Check the Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detectors – When it’s time to spring forward or fall back, it’s the perfect time to check in on your smoke and CO detectors. Test the alarms – there’s a button on all alarms, and it does take a few seconds to work – and replace the batteries. If your alarms are 10 years old or older, replace them to be on the safe side.
Drain the Water Heater – Did you know that your water heater needs to be flushed once in a while so it can work at its peak performance? This action will help remove any sediment that has built up. All you need to do is shut off the power and water supplies, then attach a hose to the unit and just let the water drain. If you’re too uncomfortable doing this, call a professional to do it for you.
Change the Filters – The filters in your many household appliances need some love, too! After all, dirty filters can cause vacuums, furnaces, air purifiers, and other appliances to use more energy, costing you money. Take this time to check on your furnace and air conditioning filters, vacuum cleaners, refrigerator water filters, dishwasher filters, air purifiers, and humidifiers. Once clean, they should be working even better than before and help you save on your next utility bill.
Flip and Rotate Your Mattress – Mattresses are said to last about 10 years, but sometimes, they can start to sag earlier than normal. Many mattress manufacturers recommend that you rotate and/or flip your mattress in order to minimize wear. Go ahead and give your mattress a flip to extend its life!
Schedule a Cooling System Check – As much as half of the energy that is used in your home goes to your heating and cooling system. Be sure to schedule a tune-up of your HVAC to ensure that your unit is running at its highest efficiency by the time summer rolls around!
Wash Your Pillows – We might think that our pillows are clean after we wash our sheets, but in reality, the pillows themselves can become really nasty. Oils from your face, dead skin, and even dust mites will accumulate on your pillow (not just the pillow case!) in time. Give your pillow a good cleaning twice a year to keep it fresh and clean. If your pillow is older than 2 years, go ahead and replace it.
Clean Out Your Medicine Cabinet and Pantry – Did you visit the doctor a few times this fall and winter? If so, you probably have a few prescription bottles hanging around your bathroom. Take this time to go through your medicine cabinet and clear out the prescriptions and medicines you’re not taking anymore or anything that’s past its expiration date. While you’re at it, go through your pantry and declutter your stash of food. Like the medicines, make sure to toss out anything that has expired or anything that you know you won’t eat.
Replenish Your Emergency Kit – If you’ve used up your supply of batteries, bandages, and ointments over the winter, go ahead and replace these just-in-case items before the spring storms and blistering summer weather come! You’ll be thankful you have these items when you need them.
Getting your home in order during the changing of the seasons is a great way to make your home safer and more efficient. Lessen your worthies further by visiting your insurance agent at Madison Mutual to make sure that your home insurance is up-to-date. Just call us at 1-800-766-MMIC, and you’ll be on your way to enjoying the upcoming spring weather without a care in the world in no time!