Basic hvac with low AC noise?
We are trying to put in a new hvac unit in our 1400 sq ft. one level single family house. Being as we are in northern california - bay area, our requirements are pretty basic. Heating is used for only a few months of the year and cooling in July-August. Not much of that this year!
Our biggest requirement is a low noise ac unit as it will be right outside our bedrooms and in our backyard.
What would the experts suggest in terms of brands/models given that we are very budget conscious at this point?
We have gotten quotes from three contractors and they are in the 10 to 15K range. The units that they are suggesting don't sound too good, more like entry level models from Payne, bryant, carrier or york. I feel lost when talking to the contractors so wanted to get some models from you that I can do some research before I talk to the contractors.