Daylight Savings Time: Six Important Tasks Beyond Changing Your Clocks

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Article Contributed by
Stephanie Mercado
Allstate Insurance Company

Daylight Savings in here and Allstate is helping New Yorkers prepare for springtime preparations.
Consider these daylight savings tasks, in addition to changing your
clock.

Be sure to check your smoke and CO alarms. The Red Cross recommends using daylight savings as a reminder to tackle smoke alarm maintenance. The National Fire Protection Association recommends replacing all batteries at least once a year in addition to replacing alarms that are more than 10 years old.

Change your appliance filters. Consumer Reports says, dirty filters can cause vacuums, air purifiers, furnaces and other appliances to stop performing at their best. Take the time to check on furnace and AC filters, vacuum cleaners, refrigerator water filters, dishwasher filters and air purifiers and humidifiers.
Tackle Spring cleaning by purging your medicine cabinet. Whether it’s a prescription or non-prescription medication, it is recommended to dispose of them responsibly after they are done being used. Refer to the FDA’s guidelines for proper drug disposal. Many communities participate in “take-back” days, where thousands of municipalities around the country collect and safely dispose of unused drugs each
April.

Schedule a cooling system check. Up to half of the energy used in your home goes to heating and cooling, says Energy.gov. Be sure to
schedule a tune-up of your cooling system to make sure your unit is running efficiently when the mercury starts to rise.

Drain your water heater. The water in your water heater needs to be flushed from time to time to remove sediment that can build up. According to the DIY Network, you can typically use a garden hose to drain your water heater. Here are more detailed directions on how to get the job done.

This is the perfect time of year to get your house and ensure all safety precautions are met, so you can enjoy time with family and friends in the warmer months to come.