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Tips to Make the Most Of Daylight Saving Time

Things To Check When Setting Your Clocks AheadDaylight saving time

It’s the time of year when we spring forward an hour for Daylight Saving Time. In addition to setting the clocks ahead this spring, what else can we do to make the most of the change? Here are some helpful reminders of other things to check when you are setting your clocks ahead.

Check Smoke Detector/Carbon Monoxide Detector Batteries

It seems simple enough to test your detectors at least twice a year to see if they are still working properly, but even if you can hear the alarm it’s still best to change the batteries in your detectors. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission says there are more than 366,000 home fires every year and more than 2,300 people die in them. And two-thirds of those fire deaths occur in homes without working smoke alarms, according to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). If it is as easy as changing a battery to protect your family, do it!

Schedule Furnace Inspection

If you didn’t get a furnace inspection done before you fired it up for the winter, now is the time. A technician will check the whole HVAC system – furnace, ductwork, humidifiers, and air purifiers, too. They’ll be able to identify problem areas or parts that need replacing. They’ll also be able to clean the entire system to make sure no buildup is accumulating, plus give you advice on whether or not it may be time to invest in a new unit. Regular checkups can improve efficiency, lower your energy costs, and extend the life of your HVAC.

Change Your Filters

This goes hand-in-hand with the furnace inspection, but it is also critical to maintain a clean filter in your home’s appliances (furnace, humidifiers, air purifiers, etc.) to keep them running smoothly. Use this time of year to change them out and to improve the quality of your home’s comfort.

Get Your Chimney Cleaned

Again, if you didn’t get a professional to come out and clean your chimney before the winter, this is a great time to schedule an appointment. After using a fireplace during the colder months, its best to get a certified chimney specialist to take a look both inside and outside the chimney, and make sure you don’t have soot build-up that may potentially cause a fire. According to the NFPA, “the leading factor contributing to home heating fires (28%) was failure to clean, principally creosote, from solid-fueled heating equipment, primarily chimneys.”

Test For Radon 

Before winter completely leaves us, get your home checked for radon. When our homes are sealed up tight in the colder months it is the best time to check for the dangerous gas that seeps up form the soil and can get trapped inside our homes. In low levels it isn’t harmful, but if trapped, it can build to dangerous levels that can lead to lung cancer and other major health effects over time.

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