The evenings will get darker earlier this coming weekend as Daylight Savings Time come to an end at 2 a.m. Sunday November 4th 2018 so don't forget to put all your clocks back an hour and get that well deserved extra hours lie in on Sunday morning.
It is also a good idea to use this day to do some really important things around the house that we tend to forget but can have a big impact on your safety, comfort and cost savings.
Firstly, if you have battery operated fire detectors and carbon monoxide alarms still, please replace the batteries. Even some hard wired devices still have batteries as a backup in case of a power outage so be sure to replace all of those as well. Don't forget to test them after changing the batteries.
Change all your clocks, and replace batteries in those as well. Remember, batteries should not be placed in your garbage but can be disposed of at places like Staples where they have drop off bins.
Change out your furnace filter. It will help keep you warm in winter and save on the furnace having to work overtime, prolonging its life expectancy.
Clear out your gutters. One that takes a bit of effort, but clearing out the gutters of falling leaves will help with snow and ice melts and the free flow of water being directed away from the house this winter.
One that is often overlooked is changing the direction of your ceiling fan. it needs to draw the warm air down during winter. It needs to go in a clockwise direction and at low speed.
One thing though not house related but a good one to do and often overlooked is changing your window wipers on the car. If they are reasonably new, it is not a bad idea to wipe the edges down with warm water and lemon juice, this removes all the old grease and gunk buildup that has accumulated over time.
Flip or turn your mattress it will help with weight distribution and prolong the life of the mattress.
Clear out the medicine cabinet of old and out of date medicines.
Hope this helps.