It might be the best day of the year – this Sunday, November 6, Daylight Saving Time ends. That means it’s also the day when you feel like you get to sleep an hour later. At 2 a.m. – or more likely when you go to bed Saturday night – remember to turn your clock back one hour. Daylight Saving Time started in the United States during WWI when the government created it to help save energy based on sunlight hours, and it became federal policy in 1966.
Each spring and fall the date you change your clock could also be your usual date to change the batteries in your smoke alarm and your air filter or filters. The US Fire Administration recommends testing your smoke alarm each month, but this life-saving device should require no additional maintenance other than changing the batteries.
Once you have new batteries installed, go ahead and put in some new air filters. If your filter gets too clogged, your HVAC system will not work properly. Checking the MERV (minimum efficiency reporting value) rating when choosing a filter will allow you to compare filters across brands. A MERV rating between 7 and 13 can be nearly as effective as HEPA (High-Efficiency Particulate Air) filters according to the EPA. Turn off your system before you change the filter to make it easier. It only takes about a minute; so don’t put it off another second. You can learn more about filters from the EPA.
Now you can breathe better and sleep better!