Five Household Items You May Need To Replace In The New Year

5 Household Items You Might Need To Replace

It can be hard to know when to replace some important items around the house.  A mattress, for example, may feel comfortable after 5 years of regular use, but it might not be providing the support you need for a good night’s sleep.  Here are 5 common household items, and tips for how to know when you should consider replacing the old with the new.

Smoke Alarms

The U.S. Fire Administration found that 3 out of 5 fire-related deaths resulted from fires in homes without working smoke alarms. It is crucial for your safety and health to make sure your home has at least one actively working smoke alarm.  The smoke alarms themselves should be replaced every 10 years, but the batteries should be tested and replaced more often depending on the type: 9-volt batteries should be replaced each year, while lithium batteries last 10 years.  Every bedroom in the home should be equipped with a working smoke alarm.


Sponges are an obvious one, but many people wait too long to replace this kitchen item that’s prone to bacteria build-up. Sponges should typically be replaced every two weeks.  


Pillows should be replaced each year, but it depends on the quality of the pillow.  Some pillows may wear quicker than others.  Depending on climate and allergies, you may need to replace your pillows as often as every 6 months. Use pillow protectors to extend your pillow’s life and protect against hair and body oil buildup after nightly use.  This can become a breeding ground for bacteria and dust mites (both infamous for triggering allergies). According to, with just 18 months of regular use, your pillow can actually double in weight due to the buildup of allergens!  If your pillow feels lumpy, has visible signs of dirt, or simply doesn’t feel the way it did when you first bought it, it’s time to buy a new pillow.  Not sure? Try folding your pillow in half and squeezing out the air.  If it doesn’t spring back to its original shape, then it’s likely time to replace it.  


A mattress is a bigger investment in the home and typically lasts longer than most other household items we use daily. It may still feel comfortable, but over time a mattress will lose the proper support and comfort your body needs. Sleep plays such a vital role in our ability to function and feel good every day, so it’s wise to reevaluate our current sleeping situation and consider purchasing a new quality mattress. Usually, a quality mattress can last up to 9 or even 10 years, but if you aren’t getting the sleep you need each night, consider replacing and changing every 5 to 7 years.  Rotating and flipping your mattress will help you get the most mileage out it. It’s worth comparing your current mattress and foundation to newer models every few years. After all, sleep is essential!

AC/Heater/Ventilation Filters

Depending on your current climate and how that climate fluctuates throughout the year, you may need to swap out filters for new ones up to every three months.  Consider replacing your filter monthly during busier times of the year. Filters are more susceptible during warmer and colder climates, and a dirty filter will likely result in a higher bill by forcing your AC or heater work harder. Replace often and save money in the long run.

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