Ductless AC in older home - any experiences?
Installer #1) Don't buy multi-split/zone, instead buy single zone and add as you need. I can see his point that two single zone systems appear to cost less than the multi-split/zone and I can add on as needed.
Installer #2) Focus multi-split install on upper floors and let cool air drop to first floor. Two zones.
Has anyone tried either of these configurations? Every bedroom has a ceiling fan and my goal is to keep the place comfortable on the really humid days/nights. I don't want to be capable of keeping the house like a meat locker.
While I can appreciate the practicality of #1, it seems like the labour might negate any equipment savings, plus I end up with multiple compressors.
Option two is appealing if I can really expect the cool air to filter down. I expect to install the ac heads in the hallways on the staircase landings. The installer is looking for a solution that could permit me to install two heads with expandability of a third.
Everything I read says Mitsubishi and Daikin are tops. Fujitsu, LG, Samsung seem to be also well regarded, but with varying degrees of unhappy reviews and tales of poor support. I have to admit the RFDer in me is curious about the ductless brands like YGMI, Goodman, Shinco, etc. If you have a ductless, what brand are you running and how reliable has it been?
Any advice is welcome owners or installers.