These days our homes are absolutely filled to the brim with appliances. Let’s be honest, we’d be lost without them. But if you take a peek into some studies on noise pollution, it’s clear that all of these minor disturbances in the background can add up and multiply into bigger problems like anxiety, lack of focus, and more.
Back in the 60s people were just happy to have appliances that would make their everyday lives easier. It wasn’t until more recently that people began demanding quieter products, but also that the manufacturers had technology available to provide these quieter products at a reasonable retail price. If you’re looking for more peace and quiet in your home, here are some appliances you could consider replacing with a quieter model.
Dishwashers are appliances that get used every day, and maybe even more than that. For this reason they are a perfect place to start when addressing the loud noises in your home. If it’s been a while since you upgraded your dishwasher, you will likely be surprised with how quiet the newer models will be. My husband and I recently upgraded ours and it’s so quiet that I honestly can’t even tell when it’s running.
Garage Door Openers
Your garage door opens intermittently throughout the day. Most notably it can be a problem in the mornings when you are practicing your meditation while your spouse prepares for work and leaves the house for the day. Garage door openers are notoriously noisy not only because of how they function, but also because the garage door itself is a heavy object with lots of hinges and wheels. Never fear – there are quiet garage door openers out there that will help you through this.
If your home is in a situation where a sump pump is often running, then you know all too well how loud they can be. A lot of the noise can be dampened with proper installation of the piping, and adequate isolation from your house’s framing. However, at the end of the day a lot of the noise is still going to be coming from the pump itself. Treat yourself to a nice and quiet model like one made by Ryobi. You can always keep your current sump pump as a backup in case of emergency.
If you’re like me, then mold is your worst energy. It’s certainly not great for the electric bill, but we run our dehumidifier all summer long to make sure our basement stays completely dry and mold-free. Because these are running constantly during the summer, they’re definitely something you can hear. Most people don’t upgrade their dehumidifiers very often, so it’s totally understandable if yours is outdated. If this is the source of your noise problem, its an appliance you can certainly upgrade to something more accommodating.
This is the big one. If your home doesn’t have central air, don’t worry you’re not alone. Air conditioners are flat out noisy, and you pretty much have to run them all the time in the summer to boot. Worse yet, if you run one in your room it’s going to be pretty darn loud the entire time you’re sleeping. Lucky for you, this is one of the many appliances discussed in this article that can be found in much more quiet designs these days than they have in past years. They are one of the more expensive appliances in your home, but considering how much you are exposed to them they are one of the most important appliances to replace with quiet models.
So, there you have it. Five appliances that can be replaced with more quiet models so that you can preserve your peace of mind. You certainly don’t want to break the bank, but if you are looking to make some upgrades these are some appliances you can try.
Michael is all about fitness and health. He conducts training on yoga and meditation. He recently made a business about it too.