Sound is like a rollercoaster, ranging from the rustling of leaves to the electrifying roar of a rock concert, to the life-threatening blow of Mt Tambora’s eruption. While you wouldn’t want to have to strain to hear your favorite band play live from the front row, you also don’t want the sound of air blowing into your living room to be so loud that you have to shout.
We will look at the decibel (dB) levels that you should expect from your HVAC, both inside and outside. But how are you supposed to know where your unit falls on the dB scale? Click around on this interactive infographic for some examples of common, and NOT-so-common sounds that you can reference.
Inside, your HVAC system should be a quiet hum in the background, typically ranging at 30-60 dB. With some regular TLC, you can help to ensure it continues to stay that way Insulation, quality filters, and regular system maintenance are the secret to a harmonious indoor atmosphere.
Outdoor HVAC units are naturally going to be louder. Most units should operate between 50-70 dB and not be louder than a vacuum. A noisy outside unit can be irritating for you, but it can be bothersome to your neighbors. Consider using fencing or soundproof barriers to limit the reach of the sound but take care to not limit or block the airflow to your unit.
If you do notice that things are starting to get noisy, it could be a sign of loose ductwork, fan issues, a clogged air filter or something worse. Schedule an appointment with a Quigley professional to inspect your whole system so you can enjoy the peace and quiet.
If your system is beyond repair, Quigley installs quality brand systems in both residential and commercial locations. Advanced technology has allowed brands like Lennox®️ to create systems that are quieter than ever. Don’t waste time with a noisy, inefficient system. Take advantage of Lennox’s®️ limited-time financing and rebate offers and Quigley’s money-saving discounts.