It’s the time of the year when we all spring our clocks forward one hour and start to gain that extra bit of precious daylight every day as we inch into summer. It’s also a great time to perform a few simple home maintenance tasks to be sure things are safe and sound. So besides moving those clocks, try these 5 simple tasks.
1.) Electrical Breakers: One at a time, you must push the breaker handle firmly and fully to the off position, and then back to on.
2.) Smoke & CO Detectors: The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) recommends using the daylight saving time as a reminder to tackle basic smoke alarm maintenance. Test alarms and replace all batteries. Testing only takes a few seconds and it could save your life. If your alarms are more than 10 years old, replace them.
3.) Fire Extinguishers: Now is the time to have them tested and replaced if necessary. If you do not have one – GET ONE. It will even save you money on your homeowners insurance.
4.) Check your First-Aid kit: Check expiration dates, replenish supplies and replace any missing items.
5.) Appliance Filters: Dirty filters can cause the appliances to require more energy. While it is recommended to change furnace/air conditioning filters monthly during their use seasons, this is a great time to think about the other filters in your home:
- Air Purifiers
- Vacuum Cleaner
- Refridgerator Water Filters
A little maintenance can go a long way in protecting your investment and keeping your home in tip-top shape!