Quietest Air Conditioner Options

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Quietest Air Conditioner Options

We came to accept that air conditioners are naturally noisy. Or should they?

At some point, if you own a decade-old air conditioner, you’d have already many types of noises that your system makes: clanking, rattling, banging, buzzing, hissing, chattering, clicking, squealing humming, thumping, bubbling, screeching, vibrating, and screaming sounds.

You can’t imagine how many kinds of noise an air conditioner can make. It’s pretty crazy. But we just shrug off this noise like we don’t hear it all. We get used to it.

But here’s the truth: air conditioners, when in operation, naturally make sounds; but they’re definitely not supposed to make noise.

Noise is an unwanted sound, and abnormal noise often means that a unit has a problem. It doesn’t matter how loud. Because something, for sure, is wrong somewhere.

But while you can do something about the noise, you can never control the sound. All window air conditioners generate different levels of sound—from loud to moderate to dull and low.

Now, at what point would you be able to say that the sound that your air conditioner makes is actually a noise.

A noisy air conditioner or even a system that you can say runs a little bit loud has serious implications to your experience of comfort. A noisy air conditioner affects your peace of mind; it ruins your experience of a good rest; and to some, it has serious impact on health. In many occasions, this noise also creates conflict among neighbors.

In a nutshell, the level of sound that your air conditioner makes should be one of the things that you should consider when purchasing a new air conditioner.

Unlike air conditioners of the past, the new generation of air conditioners today are much better in terms of the sound that they emit or generate when being used. The continuous advancement in compressor technology and the upgrade of ventilation system—where most of the noise in air conditioners comes from—has paved way for the introduction of many ultra-quiet window air conditioning models.

If you are looking for a replacement to your clunky air conditioner, one of the very first questions that you should ask is this:

How quiet the air conditioner that you will choose should be?

To help guide you in your decision, this article discusses about the essential things that you need know with regard to this issue. Specifically, it answers the following important questions:

  1. What is the best level of sound that an air conditioner should make?
  2. What example of a quiet air conditioner should you choose?

In line with these questions, we start by discussing about air conditioning sounds, their different levels, and the unit of measurement that is used for the sound of air conditioners.

How is the Sound of an Air Conditioner Measured?

Just like the way other sounds are measured, the level of sound that air conditioner make is determined

in terms of decibel. To understand decibel, it is important to know that one of the two characteristics of sound is amplitude; the other one is frequency. But let’s focus on amplitude.

Basically, amplitude pertains to how high or low the sound is. The other way to put is, it helps us know how loud or intense a particular sound.

Decibel, which is abbreviated as dB, expresses the amplitude of a sound. Typically, the sound of air conditioners is measured based on “A” weighted decibel or dBA. We’ll avoid being too technical here, but just imagine it as a scale for sounds that is estimated as the same as the way we hear sounds. In other words, each level of sound in the dBA scale reads just like the way we perceive the loudness of a sound.

Remember this: the lowest the level of sound in the decibel scale, the quietest that sound is. Conversely, the higher the level in decibel means it is louder. To give you an example, let us say that you are presented with two window air conditioning choices: the first one operates with an estimated level of sound of 49 dBA; the other one runs with an estimated level of sound of 52 dBA. Going by what we previously explained, it is quite obvious that the unit with a sound level of dBA is quieter than the other unit with a sound level of 52 dBA.

Because the sound level is difficult to explain, you will find that manufacturers of air conditioners use the different sounds that we hear every day as examples. For instance, 10dBA sounds like the rustle of leaves; or the 50 dBA sounds similar to the noise that you’ll hear when two people converse a little loudly than normal.

So, when you choose a window air conditioner, always go for the unit with the lowest level in decibels.

 Go for the Whisper-quiet

Currently, most of the air conditioners in the market have a sound level between 30 dBA to 70 dBA. That’s almost like the sound that ranges from a human conversation to a loud noise of people that are simultaneously talking inside a room.

Naturally, going for zero decibel is impossible because machines make sounds and air conditioners are no exception. Ideally, the best sound level for an air conditioner is 10 decibels. But you can scour all stores in the world and you’ll never an air conditioner that is as quiet as this one.

The best choice, which is most realistic, are air conditioners with a sound level that ranges somewhere between 20 dBA to 70 dBA.

Currently, there are systems that have this sound levels and they are considered as some of the quietest air conditioners today.

Take note that 20 dBA sounds like the ticking of a clock. But guess, what? You can go for a system that’s even more quiet—whisper-quiet. And here are two of your best choices.

Quiet Comfort with LG Wall Air Conditioners

Designed as powerful cooling and heating systems, LG wall air conditioners are among the quietest aor conditioning solutions that you can ever find in the market.

For its indoor units, LG offers models with a sound level of 19 dBA to 64 dBA. For its outdoor units, LG provides models with a sound level of 45 dBA to 69 dBA.

To give you a better picture, check the table below for the list of LG window air conditioning models with each of their corresponding A-weighted decibels (dBA).

LG Window Air Conditioning Systems A-weighted Decibels

A-WEIGHTED DECIBELS/dB(A)
MODEL
INDOOR
OUTDOOR
LW1016ER
52
60
LW1017ERSM
52
60
LW1217ERSM
52
60
LW8017ERSM
54
60
LW6017R
52
56
LW1016ER
52
60
LW1216ER
52
60
LW1216HR
51
57
LW1516ER
59
65
LW1816ER
61
68
LW1816HR
61
66
LW2416HR
64
69
LW2516ER
62
69
LW5016
52
56
LW8016ER
54
60
LW8016HR
49
54
LG LS120HSV4
19
45
LG LS090HSV4
19
45
LG LS180HSV4
29
53
db(A) RANGE
19-64
45-69

With 19 dBA for indoor unit and 45 dBA for outdoor unit, it is clear from the given data that the models LG LS120HSV4 and LG LS090HSV4 appear to have the lowest noise or sound levels in terms of decibel, while the model LG LS180HSV4, which boasts of 29 dBA for indoor unit and 53 dBA for outdoor unit comes close second. If you’re looking a quiet system for your home, these will be among your excellent choices. To find out more about these systems, you can visit www.comfortup.com.

Ductless Mini Split Systems Are Among the Quietest Cooling and Heating Solutions

Ductless mini split system is one the most advanced models today. Not surprisingly, this type of system is considered as among the quietest air conditioning solutions.

For your whisper-quiet ductless mini split choices, the high-performance and high-efficiency Gree ductless mini split systems are also worth considering. Check out the table below to see how each of the Gree series of mini split air conditioners fare in terms of sound level.

Gree Ductless Mini Split Cooling and Heating Systems A-weighted Decibels

A-WEIGHTED DECIBELS/dB(A)
dB(A) RANGE
SERIES
MODEL
INDOOR
OUTDOOR
INDOOR
OUTDOOR
SAP09HP230V1A
19-45
53
Sapphire
SAP12HP230V1A
19-45
53
19-54
53-59
SAP18HP230V1A
34-51
59
SAP12HP230V1A
34-54
53
CROWN09HP230V1B
22-41
53
Crown+
CROWN12HP230V1B
22-42
55
22-48
53-59
CROWN18HP230V1B
26-48
59
TERRA09HP230V1A
23-42
49
Terra
TERRA12HP230V1A
22-44
49
23-52
49-69
TERRA18HP230V1B
33-51
66
TERRA24HP230V1B
38-52
69
VIR09HP115V1B
26-43
53
VIR12HP115V1B
28-45
53
VIR09HP230V1B
29-43
53
Vireo+
VIR12HP230V1B
29-45
54
26-54
53-65
VIR18HP230V1B
39-47
55
VIR24HP230V1B
36-48
59
VIR30HP230V1B
37-51
62
VIR36HP230V1B
37-54
65
LIV09HP11V1B
28-42
53
LIV12HP115V1B
29-43
53
LIV09HP230V1B
28-43
52
Livo+
LIV12HP230V1B
29-45
53
28-56
53-65
LIV18HP230V1B
35-46
56
LIV24HP230V1B
36-48
59
LIV30HP230V1B
41-56
62
LIV36HP230V1B
41
65
GREE DUCTLESS SYSTEMS TOTAL dB(A) RANGE
19-56
49-69

Whisper-quiet Gree ductless mini split systems are also available at ComfortUp. For your other choices, manufacturers like Friedrich, Panasonic, and Mitsubishi Electric also boast of ultra-quiet air conditioning solutions.

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