Daylight saving time has been with us since the time of Benjamin Franklin. Every second Sunday of March, US citizens wake up at 2.00 am to change the time.

While you are not required to wake up at 1.59 am to affect the “spring forward” time, you will never be punctual until you do. Here are a few things you can do when the time changes this spring:

Change your clocks

During spring and summer, the weather is pleasant. Most home buyers are working tirelessly to secure a place while it is still warm and uncomplicated to relocate. 

Everybody will be “springing forward” and “falling back” by an hour when the time clocks at 1.59 am on the second Sunday of March. At 1.59, add the extra hour in your clocks, including adjusting the alarm. Alternatively, change the time before you go to bed or early in the morning.

The key is to remember to change every clock in the vicinity—microwave, car, wristwatches, wall clocks, and every time device at home or in the office.

It will ensure that you are always punctual throughout spring, as you enjoy the extra hour it brings. When fall comes, reset your clocks on the first Sunday of November.

Change the carbon monoxide batteries

A third of all smoke detectors in the US do not have working batteries, putting homeowners at risk.

The fire department encourages you to use daylight saving time to check your fire alarm and change the batteries of your smoke detector, for example. It only takes ten minutes but will ensure that your home and office are safe.

Prepare for Spring Allergies

Plenty of pollen is released in spring, saturating the air with allergens. Spring marks the onset, and you need to check your medicine cabinet to ensure that you have enough antihistamines to deal with the allergies of the season.

Remove all expired medicine and stock up your family favorites. Buy plenty of tissues and vapor rubs to keep your family comfortable, too. Spring allergies are also accompanied by cold and flu, so consider getting a flu shot.

Wash your Pillows and Mattresses

Allergens attach easily to pillows and mattresses. Daylight saving time introduces time to perform tasks that you usually do not have time to do, such as cleaning, disinfecting, and flipping your mattress.

It removes allergens and extends the life of the mattress. Wash and disinfect your pillow for a seamless springtime. Doing this twice a year makes your bed a safer place.  

Clean the kitchen appliances and bathroom

Use the extra hour to run water through the sinks and bathtubs and unclog the system. Descale the coffee maker to ensure that it produces the perfect tasting coffee. Other appliances to clean in spring include the microwave and oven.

Prepare your Car

March has the highest number of rainy days in the US. As you change the time, you also need to prepare for the longer spring days. Apart from the regular service and change of tires, replace the wiper blades for clearer days ahead. The garage also needs a cleanup, removing grime and rearranging children’s bicycles.

AV and Furnace Filters

The furnace filter, heating vents, and radiators also benefit from a thorough spring cleaning. Remove dust from the AV system to ensure that your home is allergen-free and saving on cooling costs.

Clean your Dryer Vent

Safeguard against accidental fires in winter and fall by cleaning the lint filter of your dryer, a perfect task for daylight saving time.

Do you need advice on how to use the extra springtime to keep your home safe? Call Team Couch for the perfect solution.

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