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Comparing Sound Levels

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One factor of comfort most people don't consider is sound. How can you relax when you have a noisy system? This section provides tips on how to make sure you are getting the quietest system available.
 

The WeatherMaker 38TZA uses Carrier’s Silencer System for extra-quiet performance. It takes about 6 of our air conditioners to make the same amount of noise as just one typical unit from another manufacturer.
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Air Conditioners and Heat Pumps

An air conditioner or heat pump sitting next to your house can create a lot of noise both inside and outside your home. To compare sound levels of different brands, ask your dealer about the bel rating of units you are considering. Bels, similar to decibels, range from 0 to 13. Most air conditioners and heat pumps operate at 8 to 9 bels; some units’ ratings are as low as 6.8. That may not sound like a wide range, but consider this: 9 bels sounds 10 times louder than 8 bels. That means one 9-bel air conditioner is as loud as 10 units rated at 8 bels. So we think taking the time to compare bel ratings is pretty sound advice. Sound levels inside your home may also be reduced by matching your outdoor unit with a variable-capacity furnace or fan coil.


Furnaces

There isn’t a standard sound rating system for furnaces, so it’s difficult to compare models.

However, models that have two-speed or variable-speed operation typically also offer lower operating sound levels, because there is less noise from the blower motor and from air turbulence at lower speeds. Carrier’s variable-capacity models even have a "ramp-up" feature that gradually introduces warm air into your ducts, helping prevent the "creaking" noises that come from ducts expanding and contracting.

Since two-speed and variable-capacity models normally run on "low" speed up to 90% of the time, you’ll find they’re a sound solution when you want to enjoy peace and quiet.


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