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Day Light Savings: Not Just a Day to Turn Back the Clocks

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Yesterday was Day Light Savings Day! Some of us miss it, forget to turn our clocks back and start our week an hour early.  This year we want you to know to use this time of the year as another reminder to check your household appliances.

 
 
BI-ANNUAL TRADITION TRIGGERS REMINDER TO CHANGE MORE THAN CLOCKS

Daylight Saving Time Offers Opportunity to Check Vacuum Accessories, Household Contents


  If the average person can store seven ideas in their short-term memory, where do the rest go?  Despite the best attempts to stay organized, it’s difficult to remember everything.  Luckily Daylight Saving Time has evolved into a “reminder” holiday which provides two built-in times of the year to take stock of household items that may need a change.

 “It’s easy to procrastinate changing household items that need attention,” says Ben Hankins, associate marketing manager for Filtrete™ Vacuum Accessories.  “Instead of using guesswork, we suggest that people use Daylight Saving Time to check their household items, like vacuum accessories, and replace necessary parts.”

 Developed for the most popular vacuum brands, including Eureka®, Hoover®, Bissell® and Dirt Devil®, Filtrete™ Vacuum Accessories feature Micro Allergen filtration to keep dust, pet dander, allergens, mold and bacteria from being released into the air.  Filtrete™ Micro Allergen bags and filters capture 94 percent of dust, pet dander, allergens, mold and bacteria.  Filtrete™ HEPA bags and filters offer improved filtration and capture 99.97 percent of the particles.

 “Sometimes people mistake vacuums as ‘broken’ when really the problem is easily fixable, like changing a vacuum’s bag, filter or belt,” said Hankins.  “If consumers are diligent about replacing their vacuum accessories on a regular basis – at least twice a year at Daylight Saving Time – they can save a lot of time and money.”

 

Use Daylight Saving Time as a prompt to check on the following household products, which require regular replacement:


 

  • Vacuum Accessories – According to a recent Filtrete™ survey, one in five respondents said they never change their vacuum’s filter or bag.  The replacement recommendation varies depending on the household’s habits, but typically a vacuum bag should be changed at least once a month.  Filters should be checked and replaced every six months.  Replacing these parts regularly increases the vacuum’s suction power and cleaning performance.

 

  • Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarms – Smoke alarms have life expectancies too and expire after about 10 years or 87,000 hours of service.  The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) recommends replacing batteries in both smoke and carbon monoxide alarms twice a year and checking alarms monthly using the “test” function.  “When properly maintained, a CO alarm has a life of approximately five years, after which time it should be replaced with a new unit,” said Deborah Hanson, director of external affairs for First Alert.


  • Furnace Filters – Not all filters are created equal.  If you are looking for a filter that can help clean the air you breathe by removing microscopic particles from the air passing through the filter, look for an electrostatically charged disposable filter, such as the Filtrete™ Elite Allergen Reduction filter from 3M. This filter was recently recommended as the number one do-it-yourself replacement filter by a leading consumer rating publication.  For optimum performance, 3M suggests replacing disposable furnace filters every 60-90 days.


  • Kitchen Sponges – WebMD cites that kitchen sponges are the number one source of germs in the house.  They achieve this rank because of their moist micro-crevices, which make great homes for germs.  Multiple sources recommend replacing kitchen sponges once a week, and at the very least twice a month.


  • Toothbrushes – The ADA recommends replacing toothbrushes every three to four months or sooner if bristles begin to fray.  Researchers have found that toothbrushes can hold microorganisms from mouths and the environment that can cause oral and systemic infections.


  •  Additionally, consumers are advised to replace pillows, medication, makeup, hair brushes and sunscreen on a regular basis.  Check product packaging for expiration dates and replacement guidelines.


"Like a windshield sticker reminder to change the oil in a car, Daylight Saving Time can serve as a reminder for consumers to check their household products,” said Hankins. 

Filtrete™ Vacuum Accessories are available at Target, Best Buy and Lowe’s and start at $2.99.  For more information on Filtrete products visit www.filtretevac.com .  First Alert smoke and carbon monoxide alarms are available at retailers nationwide and start at $13.99.  Consumers can visit www.firstalert.com for more information.

The Filtrete™ Vacuum Accessories line is manufactured for Electrolux Home Care Products, Inc. the producer of leading floor care brands Eureka®, Electrolux® and Sanitaire® in cooperation with 3M, a recognized leader in research and development that produces thousands of innovative products for dozens of diverse markets

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