Avoid noise from heatpump outdoor
Helpful guide for private builders
The Bavarian State Office for the Environment (LfU) has published a guide to dealing with noise problems caused by the installation of air-source heat pumps in private houses. In this connection the authority examined individual components of a heat pump regarding noise. Fans are not the only source of noise, but they are responsible for ninety percent of noise problems. During the preparation of the guide, it also came to light that there are considerable differences in the quality of individual products in terms of noise. After all, if all components of an air-source heat pump are optimized in terms of noise, the sound power level should be no more than 50 dB(A). In fact, however, the sound level of equipment on the market can be 70 dB(A) and above.
SPL means sound pressure level. In the following article you will read about basics of SPL-measurement. Noise is caused by vibrations of a sound source, such as cords or the loudspeaker diaphragm, and requires for its propagation, a medium, such as air, water or solid bodies. The vibrations of the noise source are transmitted to the medium. These vibrations and pressure fluctuations in the air can perceive our ears as sound. The fullness of what a person can hear is primarily determined by the volume and pitch. Continue reading
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