In my experience, I’ve found that there are just some things you should trust to professionals. It’s difficult if you’re the type, as I am, who always believes that you know what you’re doing. However, I wonder just how many people really believe that way. That’s the irony of living in today’s world. Since we have the internet, we can look up how to do just about anything. Yet for many, they are hesitant to attempt the most modest of DIY projects. I know for a fact that there are some things that I would never attempt to do. Having said that, I actually managed to install my own ductless mini-split HVAC system in my garage! See, I have this two-car garage plus a covered carport! Since I park my truck the carport, I’ve always used the garage as a workspace for some of my messy hobbies, such as wood working or painting. The only problem with working in the garage is that I when I leave the garage doors open, I always feel paranoid that anyone could just walk in whenever they wanted! Rather than feed my paranoia, I decided to address the issue of heating and cooling the garage directly by having a small heating and a/c system installed to treat the space. There are no windows in the garage, so a window-mounted air conditioner wasn’t possible. That’s when I read up on ductless mini-split systems, which sounded ideal for my garage. Since ductless mini-split systems are just that – ductless – the whole system is composed of an outdoor air compressor plus an indoor air handler. To put this plan into place, I simply had to set up the outdoor air compressor near an exterior wall of the garage, then drill a hole through the wall sized to fit all the cables and piping through to the inside of the garage! Once that was done, I had to install the actual air handling component on an indoor wall. And lastly, I made sure there was power running to the entire system. When I was ready to start the system up, I said a small prayer to let me have this whole thing work. Once I turned the power on, it worked! I breathed a heavy sigh of relief – I couldn’t believe I installed this entire thing on my own! Now I’m thinking about what other projects I can accomplish on my own.