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 replacement during our first week back from the hospital as a newborn.
The first few days of our life at beach condo 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 our life up to the present. It was unfortunate because a lot of tasks were ruled out far in advance of myself and others reaching the age ancient enough to work. I tried laboring 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 severely fortunate to work in a quiet office where I am sheltered from disruptive and loud noises. My beach condo is an oasis away from alarming and abrupt 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 a/cs without ever inquiring into the noise created from running the system all day long. At least with portable and window a/cs, the decibel rating is officially 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 particular questions to figure out the amount of noise your system is expected to make. I was severely fortunate to find a central Heating and A/C system that has both the quietest air handler and condenser component that I’ve ever found on a residential a/c.