(Family Features)—A lot of household items have a shelf life—even ones you wouldn’t expect. Do you need to replace any of these in your home?
Mattress – Studies show mattresses more than eight years old can exacerbate allergy and asthma symptoms, as well as contribute to body aches and pains. Replace your mattress every eight years to ensure you’re getting a healthy night’s sleep.
Microwave – Microwaves last 10 to 12 years on average, but this lifespan varies based on use. Replace your microwave if the heating time starts to take longer than usual.
Pillows – Your pillow collects debris—just like your mattress—that can affect your sleep. Aim to replace pillows every two years.
Refrigerator – Is your fridge walking instead of running? If it is more than 15 years old, or no longer cools to below 40 degrees Fahrenheit, it may be time to replace it.
Smoke Detector – Hear a chirping sound from your smoke detector? That may be a sign that it’s time to replace the unit (not just the batteries).
Toaster – Toasters become temperamental as they age. Six to 8 years is the recommended maximum amount of time you should wait before replacing your toaster.
Vacuum – Is your vacuum losing suction power? Replacing the belt or filter will only extend its lifespan for so long. If your vacuum is older than eight years, it is time to replace it.
Washer/Dryer – Is it time to close the last spin cycle? Washers and dryers both have a lifespan of about 10 years old—any older and it may be time to buy new machines.
Source: Mattress Firm