Ducted and ductless HVAC systems offer a range of uses. One of the more appealing prospects of ductless mini split systems is that they’re easy to install. For some people, ducted central air split units offer more benefits, such as a single network system of air control across multiple rooms.
However, the installation of a ducted system includes more parts and other challenges that installing a ductless system doesn’t involve. DIYing the installation may allow you to work at your own convenience, save you money, and offer self-fulfillment, but hiring a professional outweighs those perks. Here’s why you should let a professional install your ducted split system.
Guarantees Proper Installation
Any type of HVAC system consists of various components, from the indoor and outdoor units to the refrigerants, ductwork, and cables. Knowing each of the parts’ purpose and role in the system as a whole can be a tedious subject to understand thoroughly. If you lack adequate education on the subject, many potential issues can arise during a DIY installation.
Professionals are experts in their field. They know more about the subject than anyone commonly understands. Their jobs include undergoing training and expanding their knowledge on each of the individual parts compromising a mini split system, which makes them well-versed in the correct and optimal ways to construct and install the units. Proper system installation guarantees that your mini split will function and operate optimally, providing you with all the benefits a mini split offers.
One of the major concerns and disadvantages of ducted systems is their reputation for energy inefficiency. Unlike ductless systems, ducted mini splits run a higher risk of losing heat energy through the ducts. Due to ducts’ large area surface, traveling heat energy and air can get lost, detract, and escape.
Smaller pipes reduce stowaway energy, providing more energy-efficient systems. However, improper installation is a detrimental factor in the systems’ energy-efficiency rating. Various issues can arise during a DIY installation process, from loose fittings of parts and gaps between connectors to leakage cracks. Professional installers take added care in their processes, minimizing potential mishaps that might affect the unit’s efficiency. Plus, they know the risks and problems that can happen during installations and will look out for them.
Speeds Up the Installation Process
Due to the various parts of a central AC unit system, setting up the parts, connecting them, and ensuring they all work takes time, especially for people who are inexperienced in the equipment. Even learning about the installation process and all the individual parts of your unit takes time. Through their training and experience, professionals have proficient skills to conduct their jobs with timeliness and care. Compared to DIYing the installation, professionals work more quickly and get the job done more efficiently.
Professionals also make fewer mistakes than people with less experience. Any leakage, damaged components, or misplaced parts will cause you to spend more time and money on repairs, replacements, and future maintenance. The more seamless the installation process, the fewer the chances of future issues, saving you time spent on fixing things and increasing the time you get to spend reaping the benefits of your central air system.
Optimizes Space and Unit Components
A professional’s experience with HVACs also comes in handy in finding the best system that will work with your needs and space. Making room for ductwork does impose on your space a little, which is another reason why people often opt for ductless units, but this isn’t an issue in homes with attics, room between the roof and ceiling, and crawl spaces. Various home structures and designs naturally leave extra space for such installations.
Professionals know how much space your ductwork will need to function and connect to other rooms and unit components. They can also advise you on the ideal amount of energy your units need to maximize air spread throughout your rooms. With professional input on the best system for your home, you save space and money while ensuring you receive the best heating and cooling.
Saves You Money
Most people assume that DIYing an installation saves money. However, depending on the success of the installation and your available tools, the costs can add up. Installing ductwork requires certain tools that a ductless system may not require, from specific saws and gauge readers to drills, flame torches, and various wrenches.
Hiring a professional is a one-stop-shop purchase. They’ll provide the service, use their own tools, and ensure the job gets done well. Hiring a professional may seem like a hefty initial cost, but in the long run, it will save you a lot of money that you otherwise may have had to spend on repairs, equipment, and damage control. Plus, hiring a professional builds a relationship that will come in handy in the future for maintenance issues and upgrades. With a professional in your back pocket, you’ll already know their prices, build a relationship, and possibly even get discounts on their other services.
Poses Fewer Risks
Installing without professional help increases several risks. Various safety issues and hazardous scenarios can occur during installation, including:
- Maneuvering heavy pieces
- Working with power tools
- Welding fumes
- Electrical wiring
- Refrigerant leaks
- Sharp metal
- Cuts, burns, and bruises
- Pulled muscles
Professionals know the proper ways to handle the equipment and unit parts. They’re also trained to efficiently deal with any issues with minimal risk of hazards.
Installing a ducted system also comes with the risk of damaging your home and new unit. When you’re placing the ducts, you want to ensure they don’t interfere with existing essential structures, wiring, and pipework. Plus, because you’re implementing a huge new system within the framework of your home, where and how you install the units must comply with fire marshal safety standards.
Other reasons why you should let a professional install your ducted split system include minimal mess during installation, less stress, and warranty compliance. Qualified experts exist for a reason—they want to and can make your life easier. So why not use them?