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Five Important Spring Forward Tasks

Alarm clock on the grass and flowers

updated March 2017

It may not feel like it yet, but spring is just around the corner, and it always brings at least one timely annual task.  This year, at 2AM on Sunday, March 12, Daylight Saving Time will begin and clocks across Canada will need to be set ahead by one hour.

Beyond changing your clocks, it’s also a good time to perform other important seasonal home maintenance activities.  Connecting daylight saving with these tasks can help build a routine, ensuring they’re done on a bi-annual basis, and not overlooked.

Here’s your “spring forward” to-do list:

  • Check/change the batteries in your smoke/CO2 detectors. Using two memorable dates a year (like spring and fall daylight savings changes) can help ensure the batteries in these life-saving devices are fresh.  When you make the rounds, make sure the units are working properly and placed in optimal areas.
  • Schedule a furnace/cooling system check. Semi-annual maintenance can help ensure your heating and cooling systems are operating at peak performance when you need them and it may help avoid breakdowns.  Schedule a professional inspection now and then again when daylight saving ends in the fall.
  • Check your home’s foundation. Cracks in your home’s foundation can lead to water seeping into your home, which can cause major problems down the line during spring thaw or heavy rains. Take a stroll around your home and look for cracks.  Some cracks can be filled in with a sealant, while others may need further repairs.  If you’re not sure about what you see on your inspection, contact a professional to have a look and ensure problems are addressed immediately.
  • Change your filters. Dirty filters can use more energy and cause dust, so check the filters on your furnace, air conditioning, vacuum cleaner, dishwasher, and humidifier.  You might also want to take the time to clean the vent from your clothes dryer to prevent lint buildup that can cause a fire.  Frequent lint trap cleaning is, of course, recommended.
  • De-clutter. Purging and organizing items in your home can help make it a safer, healthier, and more relaxing place to live. One great place to start is your closet.

Now all that’s left to do is to look forward to the warmer months ahead and start enjoying the longer evenings!  What are some of your annual spring maintenance tasks?