According to a new article from Fox Business, a lot of the "sound advice" you got from your parents isn't what it's cracked up to be. Here are three examples of conventional wisdom you shouldn't follow anymore.
#1.) Change Your Oil Every 3,000 Miles. You might already know this one, and it USED to be good advice. But now car engines are better than they used to be, and so is the quality of the oil. So a lot of experts say it's really somewhere between 5,000 and 10,000 miles for newer models. But mechanics keep telling people 3,000 so they can make more money.
#2.) A Higher Thread Count Equals Better Sheets. When you buy sheets, it usually says the thread count on the front. And high thread count sheets are always more expensive. But it turns out low thread count sheets come with a few benefits. First, they're lighter, so they don't take as long to dry after you wash them. And your dryer is one of the most expensive appliances in your home. But the main advantage is, low thread count sheets are better for your skin. A high thread count might FEEL better, but they don't breathe as much. Sheets should help keep you warm, but also let air circulate to keep your skin healthy.
#3.) Running Your Ceiling Fan in Reverse During the Winter Will Help Keep the Room Warm. If you have high ceilings, it doesn't do much because it can't push the heat down far enough for you to feel it. And if you have low ceilings, the air current offsets any of the heating benefits. So in other words, if you run your ceiling fans in reverse this winter, you're just wasting electricity.