The Fall is my absolute favorite season. The beautiful foliage in Niagara brings joy to the eye and the clean crisp air is very invigorating. Daylight Savings Time arrives and brings me a treasured extra little bit of “shut eye” when I set my clock back an hour. I also use Daylight Savings Time as a reminder to complete a few extra household tasks before the Winter sets in.
- Check the batteries in all of the smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.
- Replace the furnace filter and clean out the vent ducts at the same time. This is helpful if you have allergies and allows your heating system to work more efficiently – saving you money on household warming bills during the cold months.
- Another good idea is to replace your bed pillows. I found by doing this every 6 months, you can avoid any dust build up and enjoy the comfort of a new one. While you are at it, think of flipping your mattress so it wears evenly.
- Make sure to update your emergency supplies, such as replacing batteries in flashlights, restocking candle supplies and matches, and don’t forget to check the first aid kit.
- Outside the house, make sure to clean the eaves trough of debris to avoid any build ups.
- Don’t forget to winterize your vehicles. Check the antifreeze and windshield fluid levels, put on the winter tires and perhaps even do an oil change. Don’t forget to look for the windshield scrapers while you are at it.
- Be ready for those unexpected frosty mornings and have gloves, scarves and hats available now rather than waiting till you really need them.