Installing an air conditioner in your home is all about living in comfort, however, a noisy air conditioner can drastically affect comfort levels in the home. That’s why it’s important when choosing the right air conditioner for your home, to also consider the noise levels when the unit is in use. Additionally, the noise made by the outdoor unit of the air conditioner should also be considered as a noisy outdoor unit can cause problems with your neighbours and body corporate.

Fortunately, there are a number of things that can be done to ensure that the noise given off by your air conditioner is minimal, both for your own comfort as well as your neighbours.

1) Research Before You Buy

When researching which air conditioner is the best fit for your needs, it’s common to look at features such as energy efficiency, size of unit, and cooling power. However, another important factor to consider is noise levels.

When researching an air conditioner you can usually find noise level for the unit (measured in decibels). There will typically be two figures, one for the noise of the indoor unit and one for the outdoor unit. If these details aren’t available, contact the manufacturer or ask your local air conditioning specialist.

For interior units, you can expect the indoor unit to have a noise level of no more than 35 dB. As a reference point, a whisper sits between 20 to 30 dB. However, the larger the unit, the more noise it will make when operating.

2) Newer vs. Older Units

As technological advancements are made, air conditioners are designed to run quieter and quieter. This means that purchasing an older model or even a second hand unit as opposed to a newer air conditioner can result in higher noise levels when the air conditioner is in use.

If you’re looking for an air conditioner that is as quiet as possible when operating it pays to look at newer models that incorporate cutting edge noise reduction features such as aerodynamic fan blades, specifically designed air grilles, and advanced compressor technology.

Additionally, some air conditioners come with a ‘quiet mode’ to further minimise the operating noise when needed. This is ideal for use in areas of the home where quiet is essential such as studies and nurseries.

3) Type Of Air Conditioner

There are a range of different types of residential air conditioners including ducted, split system, and window units. The type of air conditioner you choose will impact how loud your AC unit is when operating. For example, a window unit tends to be much louder than a ducted system as all of the components are in the room, as opposed to a ducted system that is typically hidden in the ceiling.

If you’re not sure what type of air conditioner best suits your needs contact your local air conditioning specialists at Advanced Climate Solutions on 07 3206 3542.

4) Air Conditioner Placement

Another factor to consider when determining how noisy your new air conditioner will be is its placement. For split system air conditioners, placement is particularly important for the outdoor unit as installing it too close to neighbours could lead to noise complaints. Additionally, if you live in a townhouse or apartment, there could be body corporate guidelines in regards to air conditioner installation and placement that must be adhered to.

Consult with your local air conditioning experts to determine the best installation location for your air conditioner to minimise noise levels and maximise comfort.

Advanced Climate Solutions is the number one air conditioning service company in Brisbane. Whether you need expert advice on the right type of air conditioner for your needs, or the best placement to minimise noise, we’ve got the solution. Call us today on 07 3206 3542 for a free quote.