What are the Top Rated Silent Air Conditioners?

When looking for a quality air conditioner to cool a room in the home, especially a bedroom, the amount of noise that an air conditioning unit makes becomes a very important factor. If you are looking for a unit that will do a good job without making an excess amount of noise, these models are worth a look.

Low Noise Window Air Conditioners

Air conditioners that are installed in a window are among the louder options out there, but some are definitely quieter than others. The truth is that some of these units will run at a very reasonable volume on a low setting, but nearly all start to make enough noise for a light sleeper to notice on a high setting. Even so, here are two options that owners report to be among the best in keeping quiet.

The Frigidaire FRA054XT7 is a 5,000 BTU model that can cool a room up to 150 square feet, more than enough for a typical bedroom. It is a mini window air conditioner unit that will fit in a window as small as 23 inches wide, or in a standard window up to 36 inches wide. The controls are fully electronic and a full-function remote control can also be used to adjust settings, so you can make a change without getting out of bed. For air quality, an anti-bacterial mesh filter is onboard, and the unit can remove up to 1.1 pints of moisture per hour. With a 24-hour on/off timer and 4-way directional control, it’s easy to set the unit to your liking and comfort level. Owners of this window unit note that the noise level is very reasonable.

If you need a bit more power out of a window unit, the Frigidaire FRA064VU1 is a 6,000 BTU unit that can handle a larger area up to 216 square feet. That’s big enough to cool a main room like a family room. It is a low-profile window unit that won’t block your entire view, requiring only 12.5 inches of window height. This Energy Star appliance comes with electronic controls, a 24-hour on/off timer, and a full-function remote much like the smaller FRA054XT7, but here you get 3 fan speeds, up to 1.3 pints of dehumidification per hour, and 8-way directional air control which can make a difference in how the unit works in your space. This allows the air to move up and around the room instead of more directly out of the unit. The main feature of the unit is that it includes multiple fans, with the inner fan being very quiet - as quiet as a normal fan. The outer fan and condenser are louder to be sure, but overall it is still less noisy than the competitors.

Quietest Room Air Conditioners

If you really demand the quietest full-room air conditioners available, a mini split system is the way to go. Here, instead of installation in an available window, you install the unit on the wall. This is possible for a handy do-it-yourselfer, but most people would need a small bit of help to get it installed. Still, for those demanding only the slightest noise from an air conditioner, this is the solution that is required.

Pioneer makes quality ductless mini split systems, and the 9,000 BTU Pioneer Ductless system is a good choice for typical home use. It will not only cool effectively, it also heats, removes humidity, and ventilates the area. The best feature of this unit, however, if the decibel level. It is ultra quiet, so you can sleep the night away without interruption - especially great for a bedroom or even your favorite television room where you don’t want to turn up the volume to hear you show. A remote control makes operation simple, and a timer allows it to be set to turn on and off on your schedule. Like most mini split systems, the air discharge uses a louver system and moves air around the room to get things circulating, which cools a room fast.

Low dB Air Conditioner Portable System

If a proper window is not available or you just need the portability of an air conditioner on wheels, a portable unit is another option. The benefit here is that you can move the unit from one room to another if needed.

The Honeywell MN12CES portable unit is a 12,000 BTU appliance that will cool up to 450 square feet. It works by venting air through an easy-to-install window exhaust hose, which can also be vented through a wall vent like a dryer vent. It has a full-function remote control, 3-speed fan, and an LED display for easy control. What’s cool about this unit is that it will remove 2.9 pints of moisture from your home without a tank to empty thanks to the auto-evaporation feature that eliminates the need. This unit is no louder than a fan, and certainly quieter than a typical window unit. For low noise and portability, this is a great choice.

Whether your space is best suited for a window unit, a mini split system, or a portable device, these models are among the quietest air conditioners you can find. Also, if you have any questions comments or concerns regarding either the overview article of the best 'whisper quiet air conditioners' or about any of the models mentioned above then please be sure to make them in the comments section just below.