We are getting an outside unit AC installed (attached to our central-air system). As I've been reading in this fourm, proper installation is very important, and most AC systems can not be compared because of installation.
We have talked with some very nice, well intentioned, good sounding contractors, and will check some references (some, even NATE certified).
My question is concerning outside noise. Our neighbors have a TRANE system that seems VERY LOUD. We are considering a Lennox or an American Standard, both SEER 13, 3 ton. We have not considered a TRANE because of the noise. One contractor suggested that as the SEER rating goes up, units are better made and the noise level goes down. Another contractor we talked with said he'd not heard that.
If systems could be compared, is there a quieter brand or machine?
Your comments would be greatly appreciated.
Thank you in advance for your response.