Company NewsHow To Prevent Your Seattle Air Conditioner From Making Excessive Noise

Is your air conditioning in Seattle too loud?

Noise from an air conditioner can be quite disruptive at night, not only for the homeowner, but also for the neighbors, who have to listen to the outdoor vibrational noise caused by the unit. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), there are a number of things you can do to deal with the noise, but the most important one is to check the unit’s sound power level label before you choose a model. The lower the number on the label, the quieter the air conditioner is.

How Noise Is Measured

Noise is measured in decibels (dB). The typical air conditioner unit can have a dB level of up to 75, which is about the same as an alarm clock or a hair dryer. When the noise continues on a regular basis, it can severely disrupt your quality of life, affect sleep, and lead to other problems. We have developed our units with this in mind. Some of our models have a noise level as low as 66, making for a more soothing and even vibration and sound.

Tips on Reducing Air Conditioner Noise

The first and simplest option to reduce noise is to get a sound blanket. Also known as acoustic wraps, these simple Teflon-impregnated blankets are wrapped around the compressor to help reduce vibration and noise produced by the motor. They won’t cause the unit to overheat or affect the units performance, so they are safe to use. Another way to reduce air conditioner noise is to create a barrier. A simple fence built around the unit and lined with sound-absorbent cell foam will significantly block the noise of outdoor units. When the compressor is located inside of the house (e.g., in the attic), it’s also possible to add vibration absorbing mats between the unit and the floor to prevent the sound from spreading through the roof and into the rooms below. Cell foam can also be used to wrap ducting and prevent vibration. This is especially important if the ducting is set against a wall or on the roof, where it would cause more noise.

What We Offer

A quiet air conditioner can improve the quality of your sleep while keeping your home cool and eliminating excessive moisture. Our central and room air conditioners are not only energy-efficient and durable they’re also extremely quiet. Our Carrier 24APA5 Performance Series Central Air Conditioner, pictured below, has a quiet rating of 7 (the highest available rating):
The above air conditioner meets ENERGY STAR guidelines, offering up to 16.5 SEER of cooling efficiency. For more modest needs, we offer the Performance Series Compact Air Conditioner, which has the same performance rate as our central unit mentioned above, plus environmentally-sound Puron® refrigerant and the WeatherArmor Protection System:

Looking for a Quiet Seattle Air Conditioner?

If you’re looking for a high-quality air conditioner that is energy-efficient and won’t disturb your sleep, get in touch with MM Comfort Systems. Call us at  425.533.9058 or fill out our online contact form so we can set you up with the right cooling system for your needs.

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