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Your Place: Can Your AC Unit Be Silenced?

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By Alan J. Heavens

air_conditioning_compressor(MCT)— Question: I would like to know if there is any method, other than moving an outdoor AC compressor, to minimize its noise when it is running at the same time people want to be on the back deck enjoying the summer.

I live in a condominium and have a double whammy of this problem — the compressor for my home, close to my back door, and also the compressor belonging to my next-door neighbor, very close to the other side of my back door. These compressors are pretty new. They are not loud, but the normal humming of their motors is very noticeable in this very small area. Also, because of the small area available, plantings or traditional fencing around the equipment is not possible.

Do you know of any new, low-profile surround material which will baffle the noise, allow for the necessary circulation space, but not make the compressor enormously larger? If something does exist that meets these criteria, is it reasonably affordable?

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