Any recommendations for relatively quiet fans/aircon units that don't break the bank? Experiencing a heatwave in the UK this week and, although it does a fairly decent job, the fan I have is pretty loud.
I moved into a new studio space last October and I just had a 1.5 ton Samsung Smart Whisper mini split installed two weeks ago. Unit is silent and studio is now freezing cold, just in time for summer here in LA. It was expensive at $4700 total for unit, professional install, and electrical (I mean, think of the synth(s) I could have bought!), but because I often have directors and producers over, I felt the investment was worth it so everyone is always comfortable when they are here, and our meetings are uninterrupted by loud obtrusive swamp coolers. Again, it was painful to pay that much! But I'm very comfortable now, and so is my gear.
Totally with you there man! Even though it will cost a pretty penny, its something that will keep you going for years to come, especially if you invest in a quality unit. I chose the Whisper because it was so quiet, and now that its in here, I don't even notice it... just the cool, comfortable air fanning through the room. Good luck!Thank you for sharing! Im in the same boat, last summer was pretty brutal in my studio (San Diego) and I want to jump on an install before it really heats up. I was looking into the samsungs as they seem to be some of the quietest on the market. Im glad to hear its working out well for you. Miscellaneous studio expenses are always a tough pill to swallow for me (new desks, chairs, AC units, displays, etc) but totally necessary and are almost more important then the fun gear purchases.
Im looking to add AC this summer in my studio, it looks like a split unit would work best. If anyone has/recommends Id love to hear.
+1Also this is coming on the heels of already trying to get away with a really nice portable unit in my studio... It was useless.... Noisy, and basically gave off just as much heat as it removed, making it truly pointless....