For as long as I can remember, I have been sensitive to loud noises. My parents claim that it started when they were forced to schedule a roof installation during my first week back from the hospital as a newborn. The first few days of my life at home were spent hearing loud banging noises at all hours of the day, from as early as 6am. This was enough to imprint a fear of sound from the earliest days of my life up to the present. It was unfortunate because a lot of jobs were ruled out far in advance of me reaching the age old enough to work. I tried working in retail as a teenager but only lasted a week. Grocery stores are loud when you consider the music, talking, and constant banging and shuffling noises. As much as I had hoped to persevere, I just couldn’t handle the sound. These days, I am extremely fortunate to work in a quiet office where I am sheltered from disruptive and loud noises. My home is an oasis away from scary and sudden noises. With everything I buy, whether it’s a tool, appliance, or piece of electronics, I always consider how loud something is before I buy it. Many people buy air conditioners without ever inquiring into the noise created from running the system all day long. At least with portable and window air conditioners, the decibel rating is typically included in the description online. But if you’re buying a central split system from a local heating and cooling business, you might have to ask specific questions to figure out the amount of noise your system is expected to make. I was extremely fortunate to find a central HVAC system that has both the quietest air handler and condenser unit that I’ve ever found on a residential air conditioner.