by WYNNE LOVE

On November 3, Daylight Savings Time comes to an end.  As you get ready to set those clocks back, consider making these other household updates a part of your “fall back” routine.  And with all that maintenance done, you can really enjoy that extra hour of sleep!

[dropcap]F[/dropcap] ireplace.  Experts say it’s a good idea to inspect and clean your fireplace and chimney and check duct work every year, especially before winter when you’ll be using it the most.

[dropcap]A[/dropcap] ir Filters.  Since you’ll be spending more time indoors throughout the winter, it’s also a good time to change out your air filters.  While you’re at it, replace fridge filters, furnace filters, the filter on the hood of your kitchen range, and check dryer vents.

[dropcap]L[/dropcap]awn and Garden.  Aerating your lawn can keep it looking healthier and experts recommend doing so once a year.  Use this time to check sprinkler heads and irrigation lines as well.

[dropcap]L[/dropcap]ist of Possessions.  If you didn’t do it last year, make this the year you list out, or easier still, videotape your home, to catalog your possessions and make a clear inventory of items you would claim in the event of loss or damage.

[dropcap]B[/dropcap] atteries.  Check to make sure you have fresh batteries in everything you’d need in an emergency, including smoke detectors, flashlights, and radios.

[dropcap]A[/dropcap] djust Clocks and Timers.  As you change the clocks, check the timer on your home thermostat, as well as your television sets, digital recorders, sprinkler system, outdoor lighting, and any other item on a timer.

[dropcap]C[/dropcap] lean Out Medicine Cabinets.  As you head into cold and flu season, it’s wise to clear out medicine cabinets and check the expiration dates of the medicines you keep.  Expired?  Dispose of them safely by following the FDA guidelines or bring them one of the next San Diego County Sheriff Department’s Prescription Drug Take-Back programs.

[dropcap]K[/dropcap] itchen.  That extra hour of sleep might give you the energy to clean out your freezer and defrost it, if necessary, and even clean that oven.