Getting a new, more efficient AC unit is exciting, but many homeowners worry about how loud a new system will be. Outdoor condensers can be relatively loud depending on where they’re placed, but certain models are quieter than others.
What is the best place for my AC unit?
Aesthetics and noise level are not normally considered when a new air conditioning unit is purchased. Most people are in laying in a pool of sweat willing to do anything just to get some cold air, but let’s take a breather and consider some of those unspoken concerns you may have later on. No one wants to pay for their AC to be moved right after paying for installation because the noise is too bothersome.
What is the ideal location for my air conditioner?
Many condensers (the outdoor unit) are placed in areas of low convenience. It’s not hard to imagine that most home builders place these units to save as much cost as possible in copper and other essential materials, and therefore may not have focused on the optimal place for you as the homeowner.
You don’t have to accept the initial placement of your air conditioning unit, especially if you’re building your home. Consider these factors that can affect your condenser placement:
- Visibility: How often do you intend to entertain guests and use the backyard? Will they see the condenser? Is it an eyesore or in the way? Is there a way you can block or hide the unit in some way? Fences or bushes do well hiding these units.
- Noise Volume: What is the closest room (bedrooms, bathrooms, etc)? Have you or anyone in your family been bothered by the sound of the unit kicking on and off at night? Are you okay with seeing it outside of some windows but not others?
- City Code: Remember that city code must be considered when moving or placing an AC unit.
- Performance: You may find the perfect spot to hide your AC unit, but it’s likely not worth it if the location compromises your condenser’s performance.
AC Unit Volume
Air conditioning manufacturers have been trying to solve the issue of noise for some time. Newer, more advanced systems have the ability to suppress the overall noise volume through sound jackets, dual compressors, smoother operation and variable speeds. Compared to older 10 SEER units, 16 SEER units are much quieter.
If you’re looking for the best place for your new AC unit or are looking to move your current condenser, contact Mission AC & Plumbing. We’re happy to give our advice or complete the service for you.