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Understanding air conditioner sound levels

For a frame of reference, Purdue University’s Chemistry Department gives you examples of noise sources for each decibel level:

  • 50 dB (1/4th as loud as 70 dB) – Quiet conversation at home
  • 60 dB (1/2 as loud as 70 dB, fairly quiet) – Conversation at a restaurant
  • 70 dB (upper 70s are annoyingly loud) – Running a vacuum cleaner
  • 80 dB (twice as loud as 70 dB) – Running a garbage disposal

So, if you’re looking for a quiet AC, make sure it’s within 50 to 60 dB.

Finding features that reduce sound

If you can’t find an AC’s sound level, look for certain features that imply quietness, including:

  • Variable speed fan — The indoor unit’s fan can operate at different speeds depending on your comfort needs. This improves comfort, lowers energy bills and, of course, lets the AC run at quieter speeds.”

Read more about decibel levels and how they pertain to air conditioners here.

How loud (or quiet) an air conditioner is rated should not be a feature that is overlooked. Most consumers’ first priority is purchasing a unit that is the right size for their home or business. Naturally, it has to be powerful enough to adequately cool the entire square footage of said home or business. However, an excessive amount of noise will quickly become frustrating for not just you or your family, but other neighbors and residents as well.

If you’re looking for an ac unit that can compete with the hottest of days, check out Trane’s XV20i. With an efficiency rating of up to 20 SEER, you won’t have to worry about this unit not being up to task. Furthermore, the XV20i features a variable fan speed that is ultra-quiet when compared to rival models. Check out our cooling page for more information or call us at (317) 247-7663.