Although replacing ductwork can be done as a DIY project, it is a delicate and extensive project that requires some prior knowledge of how the construction of HVAC systems works. It is best done with the help of experienced contractors if you do choose to take on the task yourself, which can greatly reduce the problems you encounter. Improper installation can impede the airflow and reduce the efficiency of your HVAC system overall. How your new ducts are installed will determine how well your HVAC system cools your home, making them an integral part of saving energy and money in the long run.
Ducts must be sealed, balanced, and insulated properly to gain optimally cooled and heated air travel. For this reason, our team of HVAC experts at Earl’s Air Conditioning recommends hiring trained professionals. Get the job done right the first time so that you can enjoy the benefits of an upgraded or new system for years to come.
Why Hire an Expert?
There are two main reasons to leave HVAC work to the experts: safety and efficiency. Safe and efficient removal of old ductwork is just as important as proper installation of your new ductwork.
Experts know how to safely remove old ductwork in a timely manner, while also knowing how to configure your new duct system to work best to fit your needs. Safe removal of old ducts reduces the risk of health issues, as many older homes and HVAC systems contain ducts that involve asbestos and fiberglass insulation. If you are not accustomed to working with the safe removal of these products, you pose a risk of exposure to toxic material and subsequent respiratory distress. These older systems and their insulation must also be responsibly disposed of, which requires knowledge of disposal law and how to ensure that you comply.
Efficiency is the second but equally important reason to leave this job to those who know it best. Leaks, holes, and improper connections can lead to a loss of up to 30% of conditioned (cooled) air. This translates to your HVAC unit working longer and harder to cool your home with the same results. It is easy to kink, pinch, or puncture ductwork when you are not experienced with installation. Unfortunately, these little mistakes can cost you energy, money, and comfort once you are done.
What Does Duct Replacement Entail?
If you choose to replace your HVAC ductwork, it is important to consider all factors of the job. These may include:
- Safe removal of old ductwork and responsible disposal
- Knowledge of where the studs are in the attic and the map of your new system that will be most effective
- Access to the entirety of the system as well as to the outside unit
- Installation and repairs to returns and vents throughout your home
- Knowledge of what size ductwork is required for maximum benefit
- Installation without pinching, puncturing, or suppression of airflow
- Ability to taper the duct system to control volume and velocity of forced air
- Secure and connect new ductwork to prevent air loss
Ductwork: Choose Your Installer Wisely
It is possible to install HVAC ductwork yourself, but it will require research and willingness to pay attention to detail. Be sure to educate yourself on the intricacies of the work so that you can be sure that you do not inhibit the airflow. If you are also installing a new HVAC unit, adequate and proper ductwork will ensure that you receive the most benefits possible from your new unit. This is especially important in areas like Coachella Valley, where the temperatures are high and indoor comfort is key.
If you are unsure of where to start or all that this type of job requires, you may want to leave it to those who do it professionally. The team at Earl’s Air Conditioning is here to provide professional answers to your HVAC questions and ensure that your home’s HVAC system is doing its job. Let us help you find comfort at home, knowing your HVAC system and ductwork is installed properly. We can make sure that you have maximum airflow and minimum loss of velocity throughout your home.
Contact the Coachella Valley HAV experts at Earl’s Air Conditioning to discuss your HVAC needs.