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Have you been tempted to cool down your home with a portable air conditioning unit? These small boxes can fit conveniently in your window or right on the floor. They are a great solution if your home isn’t built with the ductwork to accommodate a central air conditioning unit. Portable air conditioners are also much cheaper and easier to install than a central air conditioning unit.

Unfortunately, many homeowners find that they aren’t prepared for the noise that accompanies these smaller units. It’s true that a portable air conditioner is going to come with a much greater noise level. Understanding where the noise comes from might give you a better idea of what to expect from your unit and how to minimize the sound.

Location

The location of the portable air conditioner is the biggest factor in terms of its noise. Many homeowners are accustomed to the dampened sound from having their central air conditioning unit on the outside of their home. Now, the entire portable unit is found in their main living areas. The compressor, fan, and all of the other mechanized parts are bound to create some ruckus while they cool down your house.

Vibration

Another factor in determining the noise level of your portable air conditioner is where you position it. Some people prefer the idea of setting it on a hard surface so that it doesn’t stain their carpet if it leaks. However, the softer surfaces are actually more apt to quiet the sound of your portable AC unit. The vibration of the unit’s motor and fan will make a much louder sound on a hard surface floor. You can minimize some of this vibration by placing a rug or towels underneath the feet on your unit.

Settings

In addition to the vibration, your portable AC unit could be loud due to the setting you have it on. Higher fan settings are likely to be noisier than lower ones. If you are bothered by the noise of the unit, try turning it down to a lower setting while you are in the room. This could cool down your room less, but it will be more pleasant for you to listen to. Just remember to turn it back up whenever you leave the room to keep everything cool and comfortable.

Decibels

Not all portable air conditioning units are created equally. You’re likely to find that some have a significantly higher decibel rating than others. It’s usually recommended to search for a unit with decibel ratings between forty and sixty decibels. These are quieter models that can still be powerful enough to cool down your room. At this level, the sound is comparable to rainfall or the humming of the dishwasher.

If you want advice on your next portable air conditioning unit purchase, be sure to contact our qualified team of air conditioning contractors. Even if you think that portable air conditioning units might be too loud for you, we can discuss our HVAC services in Boerne. We can help you to choose a unit that’s perfect for your home.

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Karrie Mikle
Karrie Mikle
2022-05-06
Everyone I have dealt with at Classic over the last several years always go the extra mile with customer service. Reliable, pleasant and knowledgeable team - especially JOEY SCALA!
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Sarah Rogers
2022-05-03
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William Bragg
2022-04-08
We've been using Classic Air Conditioning & Heating Services for the past five years to include Installation of new units (flawless by the way), bi-annual check-ups that are scheduled and carried out without a second thought on my part, and in emergencies (backed up drain in the bathroom with a response time in under 24 hours to troubleshoot the problem). Their technicians are master's at their craft, personable, and cut to the chase on his service calls. I never feel like I'm being given the run around or a sales pitch with this company. Today, Mitchell Wesch went above and beyond walking us through what was happening and provided a multitude of options and expected timelines for future repairs. Once again, a great example of exemplary customer service. He was able to troubleshoot the problem with zero delay. We're ready for the Texas summer, and are already looking forward to the next scheduled service call. Thank you Classic Services for keeping our home healthy and happy.
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2022-04-08
These folks are kind and helpful. They will above and beyond to assist. They make sure what needs to be done is done. Sondra
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Lexie Gillotti
2022-04-06
Theresa did an amazing job! She informed me about everything she was doing and took extra pictures so I could have them for my record. She was quick but still answered all my questions. She definitely saved the day when my condensor froze over on the coldest day of the year, leaving my family in the cold. She was out at my house within the hour and had everything fixed in minutes.
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MARIE ORTEGA
2022-03-29
Very professional presentation and very very quick arrival day Same Day to our needs much better than anyone in San Antonio, very disappointed with services from San Antonio. Importantly corrected our problem in same day. Took their time and gave advice and great great pricing. Won’t go anywhere else. Will always consider local businesses instead.
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2022-02-23
Well, once again, Classic comes to the rescue. I am on their yearly maintenance plan and yesterday Nate showed up for a late afternoon service call. Nate was professional, friendly and knowledgeable. This company never ceases to impress me. From the person that answers the phone to the people that come out to help. ALWAYS on time, responsive and caring. GREAT JOB NATE!!!
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