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Use Daylight Saving Time as a Reminder for Home Maintenance Tasks

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Daylight Saving Time officially ends this weekend, in the early morning hours of Sunday, Nov. 1. Clocks will be rolled back an hour, which means, for next new months, the sun will be rising earlier in the morning and start setting around the time you’re likely headed home from the office.

Of course, during this pandemic year, the usual argument for ending Daylight Saving Time during the winter months—we don’t like kids heading off to school in the dark—don’t feel nearly as relevant, with half (or significantly more than half) of kids learning remotely. But it’s too late to do much about that. Daylight Saving Time is ending, and there’s nothing you can do about it.

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But while you definitely want to make sure to set those clocks back before you head to bed on Saturday, Daylight Saving Time is also a good time to remind yourself to do a handful of other maintenance jobs around your home as well. While you’re going around manually changing your clocks, take care of a few other essential tasks you may have been putting off.

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Put fresh batteries in your smoke alarms

You know how your smoke alarm always ends up running out of battery in the middle of the night? (Usually during a night when you you really needed to get some sleep?) Save yourself the future hassle and use Daylight Saving Time as an opportunity to check to make sure your smoke detectors are working and pop in a fresh set of batteries.

According to the National Fire Protection Agency, two-thirds of all fire deaths happen in homes where the smoke alarms aren’t working (or aren’t even there in the first place). Use Daylight Savings Time as your reminder to check on yours.

Reverse your ceiling fans

Ceiling fans can spin in two different directions. In the summer, you want the fan’s blade to spin counter-clockwise, which pushes air down. In the winter, it’s better for your fan to spin clockwise, which will pull the cold air up.

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Daylight Saving Time is a great time for you to take a few minutes to dust those fan blades and, while you’re cleaning, to flip the switch on the side to reverse the blades.

Replace your air filters

You’re about to turn on your heat, if you haven’t done so already. Use Daylight Saving Time as an opportunity to check on your air filters.

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If you haven’t swapped them out in a while, they’re likely full of dust, which can be a fire hazard at worst and, at best, is going to prevent your heat from working as well as it could.

Check your gutters

You know when you don’t want to have to clean your gutters? In the dead of winter. Hop up on a ladder this weekend and check out your current gutter situation (or make an appointment for someone else to do so). Cleaning out all those dead leaves and debris is going to be much easier now than it will be a month from now, and could save you a costly roof repair bill later. Save yourself the hassle by planning ahead.

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Restock your emergency kit

Everyone should have an emergency kit handy with some non-perishable food and first-aid supplies ready in the event of an earthquake, a hurricane, or another disaster.

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Use Daylight Saving Time to make sure your home emergency kit is fully stocked. If you ended up breaking into your stash during this past summer’s hurricanes and wildfires, for example, you’ll want to make sure you’ve replaced everything you’ve used so you’re prepared for the next one. (Now is also a good time to swap out your stockpile of canned goods for some that are a little fresher.)

This post was originally published in November 2018 and updated on October 27, 2020 with more relevant information and context, and to align the content with current Lifehacker style.

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Conquer Your Pup’s Dander and Fur With $700 Off a Cobalt or Charcoal Bobsweep PetHair Plus Robot Vacuum

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Bobsweep PetHair Plus Robot Vacuum & Mop (Cobalt) | $200 | Best Buy

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Allergies can be bad enough as the seasons change. Don’t let pet hair and dander add to that by vacuuming it up early and often. That chore is easier said than done— unless you have a robot vacuum to do the work for you. This lovely bright cobalt Bobsweep PetHair Plus robot vacuum and mop, only $200 today at Best Buy seems like an ideal option. That’s a whopping $700 off, by the way.

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You can get the same deal for the charcoal version of the robot vac, too. This model is not only specially made for picking up pet hair, it self docks and charges when it’s finished with the work.

It also comes with a mop attachment, so it can take care of those kitchen floors for you as well. Grab it while it’s still available for this fantastic price!

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Apple will replace AirPods Pro for free with faulty noise cancellation, static or crackling

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Today, exactly one year after Apple first launched the AirPods Pro — and thus the same day the very first AirPods Pro owners will see their one-year warranties expire — Apple has launched a repair program that offers free repairs or replacements for another whole year if your AirPods Pro experience issues with noise cancellation or static.

Specifically, Apple will fix:

Crackling or static sounds that increase in loud environments, with exercise or while talking on the phone

Active Noise Cancellation not working as expected, such as a loss of bass sound, or an increase in background sounds, such as street or airplane noise

Apple says only a “small percentage of AirPods Pro” are affected by the issues, but it apparently wasn’t just an early batch — Apple says affected units were manufactured “before October 2020,” meaning every AirPods Pro ever made might be eligible. That’s quite a recall if so. Apple says it will repair faulty AirPods Pro for two years after you first buy them.

We’ve heard complaints about degraded noise cancellation before, and at least one Verge editor has replaced their AirPods Pro under warranty. It’s nice to hear that Apple isn’t just cutting buyers off as soon as that warranty expires.

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This 55″ 4K TCL Smart TV Hangs on Your Wall for $200

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TCL 55″ S434 4K Smart TV | $200 | Best Buy

Best Buy has an insane deal going for a brand new 55″ 4K TCL smart TV. It’s the S434, which is pretty baseline for TCL’s lineup, but at just $200, there’s little to complain about. TCL’s panels are plenty sharp and accurate, and with this set, you’ll get HDR10 compliance for enhanced color and brightness in supported games and video content. This model has Android TV onboard for all your app needs, and with an included voice remote, all your favorite content is just a shout away with the help of Google Assistant.

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