How Loud Is a Standby Generator

You know that a home standby generator is a great investment and will give you peace of mind when the weather gets rough, but maybe you’re on the fence because you’ve heard that standby generators are too loud to have in a residential area.  While there’s no such thing as a truly quiet generator, you might be surprised to learn how quiet today’s models are. 

To put this in perspective, let’s look at the noise levels of some everyday appliances and activities.  Normal conversation is usually about 60 decibels, while a comfortable level of TV audio is about 70 decibels.  A vacuum cleaner will generally run between 60-85 decibels.  Window air conditioners or power lawn mowers generate between 80-89 decibels.

Modern standby generators take noise levels into consideration, especially those designed for residential use.  There are generator models available from Kohler, Generac, Briggs and Stratton, and Cummins that are rated between 60-70 decibels – quieter than some lawn mowers!

Standby generators also come with enclosures, usually of galvanized steel or aluminum, that protect the generator from weather and also dampen the sound they make. 

When choosing a standby generator for your home, check your local noise ordinances and then look for a model that is rated below or as close to the limit as you can get.  There may be more options for soundproofing available from your retailer.

Precision Mechanical Services has over 20 years of combined experience and we’re available 24 hours a day to service all brands and sizes of generators.  To learn more about our services or request a quote, contact us today.