Frigid days might not be here yet, but tackling home improvement projects now can help increase your home’s efficiency. However, there are a few projects you should leave to the pros.

1. New Attic Insulation

Attic insulation is a critical piece of the puzzle to energy savings in the home. If your home isn’t properly insulated, many home improvement upgrades will serve little purpose. Even the new high-tech thermostat you plan to install won’t do you much good without proper insulation.

Adequate attic insulation is necessary to help heat from escaping through the roof. The best way to tell if you need attic insulation is to take a look at the floor. If you can see the floor through the insulation, you likely need more added to the attic space.

Attic installation is best suited for professionals. This is especially the case if you choose foam attic insulation, which requires special tools to install. Before you move forward with this winter home improvement upgrade, be sure to contact a professional.

2. Furnace Repair

If you turned the furnace on for the first time in months and noticed no heat coming through the vents, refrain from trying to fix the furnace yourself. It’s no secret that HVAC systems are expensive, and attempting to repair a furnace without experience is asking for trouble.

On a side note, if you notice the smell of rotten eggs, an electrical smell, burning, or you see visible leaks from your furnace, contact an HVAC professional immediately.

3. New Window Installation

Window installation is one of the last projects you’ll want to handle on your own this winter. If you do not properly install the windows, you risk losing significant amounts of energy---even if you invest in energy efficient windows. Incorrectly measuring the windows is a big culprit, but you also must be meticulous when it comes to the installation process.

Not to mention, this time of year you can lose a lot of home energy during installation in cold weather. Professional window installers use tarps and other techniques to reduce energy loss as much as possible.

Even though you’ll want to avoid DIYing these projects over the winter, there are plenty of tasks you can tackle on your own. Change your furnace filter, install new weather stripping, and you can even contact UWD for a free consultation to discuss other ways to save energy. To learn more about installation for windows, doors, and siding in the winter, get in touch with us today.