Even though ductless heat pump technology is whisper-quiet, many people are still bothered by the sound the equipment makes and are interested in learning new ways to make it quieter.
Here’s what to know about why it’s important to reduce noise pollution in your home, how to make your heat pump quieter, and how the Mitsubishi Electric Elite Diamond contractors at N.E.T.R., Inc. can help.
Why You Should Decrease Noise Pollution In Your Home
Excessive noise can have several detrimental effects on your health, including increased stress levels and high blood pressure. Chronic stress is a major risk factor for heart disease, so by reducing noise pollution in your home, you can help to reduce your risk of developing this serious condition.
Additionally, noise pollution can be disruptive to sleep and concentration, and can negatively impact your overall quality of life. To avoid these problems, it is important to make sure that your heat pump is properly insulated and sound-dampened.
If you find that your outdoor unit is too noisy or located in a spot next to a bedroom window or neighbor’s house, you may want to take extra steps to dampen the sound. Here are some simple but effective ways to reduce heat pump noise:
If your heat pump isn’t already insulated, doing so can help to keep the noise from escaping and bothering you or your neighbors. Soundproofing materials, such as foam or fiberglass, are ideal and while you can find these materials at most hardware stores, having your outdoor condenser sound dampened by a professional is important.
In addition to insulation, you can also add materials to it that are specifically designed to dampen the sound by absorbing the noise to make it less bothersome. A sound blanket wrap is one way to do that. A sound blanket wrap is a fabric material that wraps around your compressor and fits snugly to keep the equipment from rattling and to muffle any noise it does make.
You can also put vibration isolation dampener mounts on the outdoor compressor’s bolts to help secure it into place. This prevents the equipment from rattling and knocking around, which can cause a lot of noise.
Another way to reduce heat pump noise is by adjusting its positioning. If possible, try to stabilize the unit on a brick or concrete slab to reduce movement. However, this shouldn’t be an issue with a professionally installed compressor that has been well-maintained over time.
A clean heat pump will run more efficiently and produce less noise. Be sure to regularly remove any debris, leaves, or dirt that has accumulated on or around the unit. It’s also a good idea to trim back any plants or shrubs that are close to the heat pump since these can impede airflow and cause the unit to work harder – and louder.
Inspect your heat pump regularly for any signs of damage, such as cracks in the housing or loose components. If you notice any issues, be sure to have them addressed by a qualified technician as soon as possible.
Not only can damaged parts cause your heat pump to operate more loudly, but they can also lead to costly repairs down the road. The sooner you address any issues, the less chance there is of further damage and expensive repairs.
If your heat pump is still too loud no matter what measures you take to muffle or reduce the sound, you may need to replace the unit. This is particularly true if the unit is old or damaged to the point it cannot be repaired or repairs are more expensive than simply replacing the equipment. You should consult with a professional HVAC contractor to see if this is the best option for you.
At N.E.T.R., Inc., we pride ourselves on quality work and timely service. We are dedicated to providing our customers with the best possible experience and we stand behind our work 100%. Contact us today to learn more about your sound-dampening options for a ductless heat pump or for answers to your questions about other heating and cooling issues. Call now at (781) 933-6387. Our team of New England ductless professionals is available now to assist you.