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When purchasing and installing reverse cycle air conditioners, heat pumps, pool pumps, evaporative coolers etc, ensure that you consider the location in relation to neighbours. Seek advice from the installer on whether the unit will comply with the noise standard in the planned location, or contact the Environment Protection Authority for further information.
To help reduce air conditioning noise you can limit hours of use; select a quieter air conditioner; locate air conditioners as far away as possible from neighbours and away from sensitive areas, such as bedroom windows; regularly service your equipment (as lack of maintenance can cause higher noise levels); erect a solid fence or barrier; install an acoustic enclosure; or modify equipment (discuss this option with the manufacturer or installer).
Fair Air can help you find out more about consumer information for home cooling options and products
The Australian Institute of Refrigeration Air Conditioning and Heating's Residential Air Conditioning Best Practice Guidelines sets out industry best practice guidelines for the selection, installation and maintenance of residential air conditioning units. The guideline addresses issues such as energy efficiency and air conditioner noise in a clear and concise manner.
Fair Air can help you find out more about consumer information for home cooling options and products. A noise calculator is included on the site to assist you in choosing an appropriate unit for compliance with noise standards.