You may be familiar with SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio) ratings for new central air conditioners. But what you may not be aware that all new systems also have a decibel rating that gives you an idea of how loud the unit will be when it runs. The following is some information to keep in mind when choosing a quiet HVAC system for your home in Naples, FL.
Understanding Decibel Ratings
Central air conditioners have decibel ratings of 50dB to 80dB. Think of a 50dB unit as one that sounds like a quiet conversation. At the other end, an 80dB unit sounds like the noise emitted by a garbage disposal. Most homeowners should select a system with a rating of 60dB or less.
Other Factors to Consider
Many systems available also come with features that will dampen sounds when the unit is running. By nature, HVAC systems are noisy because of all their moving parts. Look for features such as compressed insulation, an insulated base fan, variable speed fan settings and noise-reducing fan blades. All these features will help reduce your system’s inherent vibration. When buying a new system, you should also make sure that your contractor properly sizes the unit to fit your home, which also makes it more energy efficient.
Don’t Neglect Annual Maintenance
As central air conditioning systems age, they can get noisier. Parts wear out and break down, leading to more mechanical noise. By scheduling annual preventive maintenance, you can head off these problems.
If you’re thinking about getting a new HVAC system, let Key to Cool help you find a quiet central air conditioner that fits your needs and budget. Schedule a consultation today to learn more about our available HVAC systems and their quiet operational features. We look forward to helping you!
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