Daylight savings time ends on Sunday morning. Don’t forget to turn your clocks back an hour.
We’ve been graced with some unseasonably warm weather for the past month, so it’s easy to forget that we’re already a week into November. And that means it’s time to take part in that dreaded autumn practice of setting our clocks back an hour. Daylight Saving Time officially ends November 6th at 2:00 am in your local time zone, when your clocks will be rolled back to 1:00 am. Are you prepared to fall back? These days, most of our devices—smartphones, TVs, computers, and even many appliances—make the time change themselves, so hopefully you’ll only need to switch a clock or two yourselves.
However, one thing that can’t change itself is the battery in your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. The weekends that begin and end Daylight Saving Time are usually used as a reminder to change those batteries out, or verify that they are good and that all of the smoke and carbon monoxide detectors in your home are fully functioning. If you’d like to eliminate this biannual process, consider upgrading to a hardwired smoke and carbon monoxide detector, like the Nest Protect, which doesn’t require regular battery changes. A smart detector is a good idea in general, with the advanced devices offering many useful features compared to a traditional detector, including mobile notifications that alert you of a possible fire when you’re away from home, built-in soft-glow nightlight, and the ability to be silenced with a tap on your smartphone.
The Nest Protect is one of many smart products that are part of what’s known as The Internet of Things, a growing collection of connected devices that make everyday household tasks easier and more efficient. Smart devices make it easier to fall back and can update automatically.