At present we have a single standard window unit, 18,000 BTUs, which does a good job of cooling our entire apartment, which is five rooms and 1,600 square feet.
The only problem is the noise. It's almost like having a leaf-blower in the room when it's running.
My question is, if we replaced that one unit with a single mini-split unit of the same capacity, can we expect to get the same cooling result?
And what kind of noise could we expect from the mini-split?
And, for those who have installed mini-splits, what can I expect to pay for the above-described unit, installed?