Using a generator has its own headache –coping with the noise and sometimes smoke. Have you ever thought of the best ways to reduce your generator noise? Below are a few quick tips, but first you have to understand why generators make noise.
Generators are mechanical in action; certain parts have to touch each other for the whole unit to work. This causes vibration and shaking, and is responsible for the noise you hear. Depending on the size and condition of the generator parts, the noise level would differ. The more power output a generator has, the greater the noise it produces.
Now to the tips to ensure you have a quiet portable generator.
1. Buy a generator quiet box:
A generator quiet box is a box made from wood and steel. It is just big enough to enclose the generator and has several modifications to trap and reduce the noise produced. You can make one for yourself, but if you want to buy a generator quiet box, make sure to check on the quality before you buy it.
2. Place it away from the house:
You could place the generator a few meters from your house. The distance will help to reduce the noise you hear. You should check with your neighbors, though, to make sure it is comfortable for everyone.
3. Invest in absorbing cushioned pads:
Cushioned pads are available for generators too. They are mostly made from Polyfoam and are relatively cheap. Cushioned pads can be placed beneath the generator to absorb the shaking and vibration. When getting cushioned pads, consider the amount of noise generated. A single or double roll of pads can work well enough. Alternatively, you could get an old car tire and place the generator on it. Not very effective, but it does reduce the noise level.
4. Position the generator properly:
Sometimes generators create noise because they are not placed on a flat, even surface. When one side of the generator is not balanced, the shaking is bound to increase, and the noise level will also be more.
5. Need an air radiator:
As some of the noise comes from the exhaust, you can easily connect the exhaust pipe to a container filled with water and submerge the connecting pipe. The water will absorb the smoke and muffle the noise, much like a radiator. The water will evaporate and get rather dirty, so you have to change it often.
6. Use an inverter generator:
Sometimes, the way to reduce the noise is to get a different type of generator. Inverter generators are designed using modern technology to reduce the noise they produce. This means they offer less power than the traditional generators, but you save your ears more decibels.
7. Attach or upgrade the exhaust muffler:
Many generators do not come with a muffler, but you could get one attached by a professional. Also, if the attached muffler is worn, it is a good idea to replace it.
The above tips should help you get the noise level reduced to a comfortable level.