Four Things You Should Do When Daylight Savings Time Ends

This year, Daylight Savings Time (DST) ends on Sunday, November 7, the first Sunday in November. That’s when we “fall back,” winding our clocks back an hour and return to Standard Time.

The turning back of the clocks is a good time to checkoff a handful of regular home maintenance tasks.Here are a few of the tasks that fall under our category of HVAC!

Reverse Your Fans

When Daylight Savings Time begins, you should switch your ceiling fans  to spin counter-clockwise to keep things cooler. But now that it’s Fall, it’s time to reverse them—clockwise rotation directs warm air back down. It you don’t have a ceiling fan, it’s an easy and worthwhile DIT project that can make your heating and cooling system that much more efficient.

Replace Your HVAC Filters

If you live in a climate with seasons, you know you’ll be turning on the heat soon, if you haven’ already. Before you do that, it’s important to change the filter.  A good furnace filter not only helps with the HVAC system’s efficiency by keeping air flowing smoothy, it filters particles out of the air that can impact people with allergies or other respiratory issues. Keeping your heating and cooling vents clear is in your best interest for health reasons as well as saving money on your energy bill.

Check Your Water Heater

Water heaters need flushing from time to time, and the end of Daylight Savings Time is a good chance to take care of that task. It’s another easy project that you can tackle in a few hours. Check your water heater to make sure it’s not leaking too.

Change the Batteries in Your Smoke Alarm

It’s quite “alarming” to wake up in the middle of the night to the sound of your smoke alarm chirping. Avoid that unpleasant sound by changing the batteries whenever the time changes. If your smoke alarms are getting older, it’s also a good time to replace them with new ones.

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