Friedrich Kuhl Units
I have historically bought Friedrich A/C units (window) because they are US made. As it turns out, all Friedrich manufacturing has moved to China/Mexico, which is very disappointing. Yet I still have to believe that they make the best units out there. Does anyone disagree or have info to the contrary?
Our home has a 2 ton wall unit in the downstairs (Maytag D-series chassis, from 2001 or so). It does a good job of cooling most of the downstairs floorplan, since it is pretty wide open. I didnt install it, and am pretty confident it is oversized.
Right size or not, my biggest issue is that it is loud. As we have radiant heating with a mod/con boiler that is 96%+, so Im not really interested in central.
The Kuhl units are claimed to be much quieter. But I have not had any chance to compare side to side. They arent really available to have a look at or mess with, and Friedrich doesnt provide any sort of relative dB rating. I know that our X-star US made window unit is REALLY quiet.
So, can anyone comment on how quiet the Kuhl units are? Do they really do a substantially better job of isolating noise and vibration than other units (I realize that much of this has to do with quality of installation, but there is an aspect of system construction that effects it).
Any practical experience? Some neighbors installed a Chinese Frigidaire and found it no quieter than the 20 year old unit it replaced. I wont sink money in if that's the case. Ill re-side the home and figure out how to fit a split in the hole.
Any info on Kuhl? Thanks very much!