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Silence is Golden

How to Buy Quiet Home Appliances

By  |  Product Expert

In today's technologically-advanced world, quietness is no longer in opposition to performance. Now it's a hallmark of quality.

Think about it, muscle cars with big block engines that rumbled and roared down the street, are now easily passed by the quickest production car of all time (0-60mph in 2.6 sec.) and, believe it or not, it's an electric car that's totally silent!

Quiet performance is the new trend. We'll take a look at what this means to you...

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Whether you're shopping for a car, dishwasher, A/C & furnace package, or a ductless heating & cooling system, you're going to want to know how loud it will be.

As a matter of fact, every day we're surrounded by active noise-cancelling features in everything from headphones to the cars we drive. So, as demand for low-noise tech has grown, heating and cooling equipment manufacturers have responded by installing thicker insulation in their appliances thereby not only reducing the decibels, but also increasing efficiency!

Many manufacturers now feature noise ratings (measured in decibels or dB) right on their products and even list them in the product features. These ratings are important because they allow you, the consumer, to make a better judgement about how the product's noise and performance will affect your home environment. For example, many customers with a family room adjacent to their furnace will almost always be concerned about the decibel ratings when looking for a replacement furnace, but may not understand what those numbers mean.

Loudness

Here, we'll decipher loudness and show you what to look for when shopping for quiet HVAC equipment.

It’s easier to understand how loud or quiet something is when it’s compared to things found in our everyday surroundings. To give you an idea, take a look at the noise level chart below...

[Noise Chart]

Q: What's a decibel (dB)?
A: Decibels are measured on a logarithmic scale. This means that a 10 dB increase in the rating of a noise indicates a doubling in the volume. E.g. an air conditioner operating at 40 dB is twice as loud as one operating at 30 dB, and one operating at 50 dB is twice as loud again.
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