Which type of air conditioner is the quietest?
When choosing your new air conditioner, it's not just important whether it will meet your cooling and heating needs. Another factor that contributes to your comfort is how quiet the system operates.
Therefore, among the many factors to consider is the noise level.
In this article, we'll take a look at which types of air conditioning systems are the quietest, what determines the noise level, and what you can do to de-noise your air conditioner.
Which type of air conditioner is the quietest and how do you find it?
There are a very wide variety of air conditioning systems on the market, but some are considered quieter than others. Keep in mind that the larger an air conditioner is, the quieter it can be. Additionally, if the unit is not installed properly, it will increase the noise that is generated during operation.
Split systems and central air conditioners are considered the quietest. Since these types of air conditioners are designed for quieter operation, the noise-generating components are usually located outdoors.
The sound level can reach 69-72 decibels during outdoor unit operation.
Older systems generate even more noise. New air conditioners are designed to be as quiet as possible.
Ductless mini-split units are considered the quietest air conditioning systems.
How are air conditioner noise levels measured and what affects the sound?
Air conditioner noise is measured in decibels (dB). The higher this value, the noisier the unit. The quietest air conditioners are usually in the 25 - 40 dB range. To enjoy these conditions for a long time, proper air conditioner maintenance is important.
There are also functions by which the noise of the air conditioner can be adjusted. One of these functions is the fan speed setting. When you reduce this speed, it will save on energy consumption and help the system run quieter.
Another option is to choose a unit that has a certain baffle or space covering the main component that generates noise - the compressor. Some air conditioners have sound-isolating fan blades, which significantly reduces sound.
How can you make your air conditioning system quieter?
The first and most important thing you can do is to make sure the installation is done correctly. So leave the installation to professional technicians who have experience with air conditioning installations.
The place of installation is crucial
The location of the air conditioner is also crucial. It is best to place the outdoor unit away from the bedroom and the areas you use the most - especially the rest and relaxation areas. The further away you place the main noise generator, the better.
The air conditioner should also be installed away from narrow corridors and air ducts, as the sound from the unit will reflect into them. Also avoid having smooth surfaces near the air conditioner. Installation near doors and windows should also be avoided.
Insulate the air conditioner
You can also ensure that the system is soundproofed. One option is to use foam, which absorbs excess noise.
You can insulate the outdoor unit with an insulating blanket or an insulating wall. These methods won't neutralize the noise completely, but will reduce it significantly. Always consult a specialist before doing so.
Regular system maintenance
No matter how quiet an air conditioning system you purchase, if you don't maintain it regularly, it will start to run noisier over time. Regular preventive maintenance will help the air conditioning system's efficiency and extend its life.
Above all, when choosing an air conditioner, be sure to check the noise levels that the system generates.
Visit our page where you can view Fuji Electric air conditioners in our catalogs. All models are proven to be efficient, with a great range of advanced features and low noise levels. On our website you will also find information on the distributors from whom you can purchase your desired model.