Is a Generator Too Noisy For My Neighbors?

A standby generator is not only an investment in your home but in your peace of mind.  You want to make the best choice for your home and your family.  To do that, one of the aspects you need to consider is the noise level.  Before shopping for a generator, check with your city or neighborhood for your local noise ordinances and take that information to your dealer to make the best choice for your home.

If noise levels are difficult for you to imagine, here are some reference points.  Window air conditioning units tend to run about 80-90 decibels, as do power lawn mowers.  A vacuum cleaner can run anywhere between 60-85 decibels, depending on how quiet your model is.  Most people find TV audio comfortable at around 70 decibels, and in-person conversation is usually around 60 decibels.

Modern generators, especially those designed to be used in residential areas, are made with noise levels in mind.  While no generator can truly be said to be quiet, the major generator manufacturers have models available that are rated in a range of 60-70 decibels, which should be fine for any residential use.

On top of that, standby generators are nearly always installed in an enclosure to protect them from the elements.  These enclosures are usually made of steel or aluminum, but more soundproofing can often be added to dampen the noise even further.  Ask your dealer about options to help you get the most generator for your money while staying within your noise limits.

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.