Many home repairs are perfectly safe for homeowners to complete. Adding a little sweat equity into your home helps your home’s value, as well as your budget. But what should or shouldn’t you do with your own hands and tools? Well, here are five repairs that we feel should certainly be left to the pros.

Roof repair. Do you have shingles lifting on your roof? Or water leaking into your home because of some imperfection in your roof system? Roofs are an intricate part of your home. They are the front line to protecting your home’s interior and exterior from the harsh elements of weather. If your shingles are pulling away or curling they can be letting in moisture and wind. You may look up and think it is a simple job to tack them down or replace them. Don’t make that mistake. You roof is a complex system of trusses, tie downs, underlayment and fasteners that all work together to keep your home weather resistant, secure and strong. If you think that your roof system has failed in any way, contact a professional for repair.

Electrical Wiring. Any issues that you may be having in electrical matters should most definitely be handling by a professional electrician. Electricity is a powerful and dangerous force that can be deadly, if not handled correctly. Sometimes electrical problems present themselves by breakers being tripped and needing to be reset on your breaker box. This is not normal. They should not be tripped regularly. This shows that the circuit is overwhelmed and something is not functioning correctly. If you have a GFI outlet, one with its own breaker on it, and it regularly trips itself and needs to be reset, this too is an indication of a problem. If you desire another outlet or light in your home’s wiring system, please call a professional electrician. This additional electrical source will need to be safely added to your electrical system. There is no electrical or wiring issue that shouldn’t be handled by a professional electrician.

Plumbing problems. Beyond plunging a clogged toilet or drain; all other plumbing problems should be handled by a professional. Just like your electrical system, your plumbing system is an intricate and powerful part of your home. You have pipes that bring in your water, take away waste, and move cold and hot water. If this pipe leaks or bursts because of improper installation you can have thousands of dollars of damage and even injury. If your pipes aren’t working well or leaky, or your drains are slow or leaking, call a professional as soon as possible.

HVAC system repair. If your heating, ventilation or air condition system is acting up, calling a professional is the optimum choice for repair. These systems are often an intricate system on their own, as well as they are directly hooked into your plumbing and or electrical system. Each type of HVAC system has its own intricacies and not all systems are the same. Calling a professional service that is specifically trained for yours is the best and only answer.

Window or door replacement. How hard can it really be? Well, quite hard. Windows and doors are holes in your home that need to be installed as tightly and correctly as possible. If your door or window is not installed correctly, wind and moisture can enter your home’s walls and floors. Wind will allow unwanted air exchange, increasing your HVAC costs. Moisture in your walls and floors can cause damage that can rot, warp and alter your home’s structure, costing you thousands in repairs. Replacing a door or window is most definitely a job best left to the professionals.

Repairing, improving and renovating your home can have aspects that are completely safe and do-able as a do-it-yourself homeowner. Knowing when to call a professional for your safety is the key. Leaving these five jobs up to the professionals will save you money and keep your home safe for years to come.

The floors creak, the dishwasher leaks and the roof could use replacing. As a homeowner, you’ll run into a number of home improvement tasks—no matter what type of home you live in. While some jobs are too tough to tackle on your own, you don’t need a handyman for every home maintenance task. You can easily handle these five projects yourself.

1.       Read your electricity meter. Although your utility is responsible for reading your electricity meter, it’s important for you to know how to do the job too. Monitoring your energy consumption each month can give you an idea of what your electricity bill will cost and perhaps even motivate you to save energy.

Some utilities can’t make it out to every home to read every meter each month. Instead, they estimate your energy consumption and bill you accordingly. Later, when a meter reader has a chance to record your actual energy consumption, the utility will make adjustments to your bill to ensure you’re not paying too little or too much for your energy. However, if you want to make sure your energy expense is accurate, the best thing to do is to read your meter each month. Not sure what to do? Check out this short video to learn how to read your meter.

 2.       Fix a leaky toilet. A toilet that leaks can waste hundreds of gallons of water and increase your water bill. It’s important to stop the leak as soon as possible, however, there’s no need to call a plumber. Most toilet leaks are a quick fix. One of the most common problems is the toilet chain. If it’s too short it can keep the flapper, or stopper valve, from closing completely and allow water to leak. On the other hand, if the chain is too long, it can get caught underneath the flapper, causing a small leak. Alternatively, you may just have a dirty flapper that needs to be cleaned or replaced. If those quick fixes don’t work, here’s a simple guide to help you repair a larger problem.

 3.       Maintain your air conditioner. Heating and cooling represent more than 50 percent of the average home’s electricity bill. If you’re looking to save on air conditioning costs, its import to maintain your AC so it stays efficient. You should replace the air filters in your home regularly—every three months or sooner. Keeping the filter clean helps keep your ducts clean and ensures the unit works efficiently. It’s also important to clean the actual air conditioner. At least once a year, clean off any leaves, dirt or other debris that has built up on the unit.

 4.       Caulk around windows. Even when your air conditioner is working as efficiently as possible, there could be air leaks around your windows that waste your expensive cooling efforts. A quick and inexpensive solution is to caulk these problem areas. Examine the window frames for areas where caulk has dried and cracked. Fill these areas in with new caulk to prevent air leaks.

While caulking is an excellent short-term solution to energy waste, you might want to consider replacing your windows for more energy efficient options. ENERGY STAR-labeled windows are twice as efficient as windows manufactured 10 years ago.

 5.       Install a programmable thermostat. A programmable thermostat is the ultimate energy-saving gadget. By replacing your outdated thermostat with a programmable version, you’ll be able to program heating and cooling to fit your schedule and save the most money. More advanced models can even learn your heating and cooling habits and adjust automatically to optimize for energy savings. Although it may seem like an unnecessary expense, a programmable thermostat could save you more than $180 a year. Installing one is easy, just follow these steps

This article was written by SaveOnEnergy.com.