I am contemplating a mini-split for a home theater room I am building in my basement. It will be a cool only Mitsubishi unit, the smallest one they carry, rated at 8,500 btuh.
I went to a local dealer today who had a Mitsubishi installed and working. It was a model that provided 17,000 btuh. After looking at the specs, in general, the more cooling one of these puts out, the louder it is. The unit I saw at the dealer and the one I am thinking about purchasing both have three speed fans. The faster the fan speed, the louder they are.
The unit I heard at the dealer puts out 40-43-45 decibels
The unit I am thinking about purchasing puts out 26-31-36 decibels.
On the lowest fan speed, at 40 decibels, the unit in the showroom was a little loud for my taste, especially since a home theater needs to be quiet. Unfortunately, they did not have the unit I am thinking about purchasing mounted so I could not hear it first hand.
Has anybody heard the smallest mini-split in the Mitsubishi line? Even the smallest one in the Fujitsu or Samsung line have similar decibel ratings, has anybody heard one of these?
I would just hate to shell out the money for one of these units and find out it is louder than I like. I do know that the decibel scale is logarithmic so their is a sizable difference between 26 and 40 decibels.
How loud they are also depends on how close they are to my seating area. I have two locations picked out, one is the best aesthetically but it puts the unit about 3 feet from the seats. The other is not as good aesthetically but the unit is 8 feet from the seats. What location do you think would be better based on how loud these units are?