A year ago, we bought a house on a few acres. It's not horrible but it's something we could afford. It's crap land, which makes gardening frustrating, and a 2008 house that was basically built with little attention to any sense of code except maybe the electrical. The house has an all-in-one heat /ac unit that sits up against the side of the house and is basically supplying, though air ductwork, heat and air to the house through the crawl space. It's all electric. It's what was here when we bought and is still under warranty. But the thing is LOUD! It does work. It gets the job done all the way from 0 to 100 degrees (F) without problems. But dang it all, my old F350 diesel, with a hopped up exhaust, traveling down the road, isn't any louder than this thing. Seriously, I'm sitting in the bedroom of the house closest to it right now listening to it run, windows (double pane) closed tight, and it's still louder than what riding in most modern cars would be. Standing beside it would be about the same noise level as my push lawn mower running. UUGHH!!! I remember a few years back, when we lived in Louisiana, we had a system that had most of the thing in a closet inside and only the condenser outside. The condenser did have a fan on it and made some noise, but not anywhere near what this thing here makes. It also had the main blower fan inside the unit in the house that ran to the inside ductwork. Unless it was dead quiet in the house or you were standing right next to it, you'd never know if it was running or not. I liked that. So if I were to decide to upgrade this thing, what would be a good thing to look for? It's probably still going to be all electric. City gas doesn't run out this far and propane dealers out here aren't a lot of fun to deal with. Wood may happen at some point (though I don't have a source of wood on the property) as a supplemental heat. But it's gonna remain electric. The quietest is probably baseboard heat but if I read right, it's probably less efficient. I suppose I could put that in and still keep the noise maker, which would be just as noisy during AC season. I don't know. Maybe I should just suck it up and pretend while we put some lipstick on the ol' pig and move on. Or maybe there is something that wouldn't be uber expensive that could help. Heck, a better window and some more insulation would probably be cheaper than a new AC unit. Anyway, if you have any ideas, I'm listening. Thanks!