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Daylight Savings Time

Daylight savings time is coming up fast. Some people love it, some people hate it, other people could not care less. So let us take a minute and consider the pros and cons of daylight savings time.

Pros: Daylight savings time is intended to maximize natural light, causing us to use less artificial light, and thereby conserve energy. Some studies show that increasing the amount of daylight hours, decreases the number of traffic accidents and fatalities. Moreover, by extending the evening daylight hours, people are encouraged to go out and shop more, stimulating economic growth.

Cons: Daylight savings time can cause problems for people who have difficulty sleeping. Some people struggle to establish a sleeping schedule, and having to adjust to a new schedule every six months can really take them off track. And, while more evening daylight hours encourage people to get out and do more in the evening, it also causes people to drive more and consume more gasoline.

You can find arguments to support either side with a quick search of the internet. Here at JMAC Plumbing and Air Conditioning, though, we appreciate the natural reminder that daylight savings time offers. Twice a year, you know you have to turn back your clocks. Consider adding other to-do’s this time of year. Every time you turn back your clocks, take the opportunity to also replace your air filters. While there is a lot of different opinions about how often you should change your air filter, it is generally agreed that they should be replaced at least every six months.

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