Daylight savings time is a bi-annual event that occurs every year, where we turn our clocks forward in the spring and back in the fall. It’s a time when we gain or lose an hour of sleep, but it also provides an opportunity to perform a few routine maintenance tasks around the house. Here’s a daylight savings to-do list to help you get started.
Change Clocks (don’t forget the stove and microwave)
The first thing to do is to change all the clocks in your house. Don’t forget about the clocks on your stove and microwave. If you have any other clocks that are not automatically set, be sure to adjust those as well.
Change Air Filter(s)
Changing your air filter(s) is an essential part of home maintenance. It’s recommended to change them every three months to ensure proper airflow and prevent dirt and debris from accumulating in your HVAC system.
Change the Timer for Sprinklers
If you have a sprinkler system, be sure to adjust the timer to reflect the new daylight savings time. This will help ensure that your lawn and plants are getting the proper amount of water.
Spring is a great time to clean your windows and let in the sunshine. You can either hire a professional window cleaner or do it yourself with a bucket of soapy water, a squeegee, and a microfiber cloth.
Oil Wood Floors
If you have hardwood floors, they may need a little TLC after the winter months. Applying a fresh coat of oil will help protect them and keep them looking shiny and new.
Spring is also a great time to clean your gutters. Remove any debris that may have accumulated during the fall and winter months to prevent clogs and water damage.
Rotate Angle Stop Valves
Rotate the angle stop valves under sinks and behind toilets to ensure they are working correctly and not leaking.
Take the time to clean out your pantry and throw away any expired food or items that you no longer use. Organize your pantry to make meal prep easier.
Spring cleaning applies to your closet too! Go through your clothes and donate any items you no longer wear or that no longer fit. This will help you declutter and make room for new items.
Change Batteries: C/O Detector(s) & Smoke Detector(s)
Finally, don’t forget to change the batteries in your carbon monoxide detector(s) and smoke detector(s). These should be changed at least once a year to ensure they are working properly.
Daylight savings time provides an excellent opportunity to perform some routine maintenance tasks around the house. By following this to-do list, you’ll be able to stay on top of your home maintenance and ensure that your home is running smoothly.