Birds chirping, cicadas buzzing, children giggling, even the sound of a lawn mower from down the street–all are the pleasant sounds of summer. What’s not so pleasant? A loud air conditioning unit interrupting your backyard barbecue.
You may think that nothing can be done about that nuisance, short of turning the noisy air conditioner off. However, we are here with a few simple tips to help keep your summer calm and peaceful.
The truth is that older air conditioning units are less efficient and more noisy. So, if the noise is really bothering you and you have had your a/c for 10-15 years, it may be time to consider investing in the new one.
If you choose to take the plunge and purchase a new air conditioning unit, speak with your contractor about where you would like the outside condenser unit to be located. If it is currently located right next to your deck or patio perhaps a better less used location around your home can be found.
Of course, installing a new air conditioner is not the right choice for everyone. If this isn’t the year for a new a/c, there are other options to dampen some of that sound. Create a barrier around the air conditioner. This could be achieved via landscaping, or by constructing a fence. In fact, you can even use an acoustic sound proof blanket attached to your barrier to further decrease the sound.
A well-tuned air conditioner will run better, which also translates to running more quietly. So, don’t skimp on regular air conditioner maintenance. We recommend an annual maintenance inspection each spring for air conditioners as well as an annual inspection for furnaces.
Have you ever heard of the phrase: the squeaky wheel gets the grease? That’s usually because it needs the grease. The same can go for a noisy air conditioner. If your a/c is making sounds that seem out of the ordinary, please be sure to contact a professional right away. This could be a sign that there is something wrong with your cooling system.