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Household appliance noise
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Noise spectra of eighteen commonly-used household appliances are given, up to ten models of each type being studied. Measurements were taken in acoustically-simulated average domestic rooms and in situ.The present paper is confined to a study of appliance noise levels over which the user can exercise little or no direct control. This excludes televisions, radios and record players, which are regulated by the user.The noisiest room in the house is normally the kitchen, with appliance noise levels ranging from about 40 to 90 dB(A). Living-room appliances are much quieter, heating devices ranging between about 35 and 50 dB(A). Appliances used in the bathroom are not generally as noisy as those used in the kitchen, but require some redesign to reduce the noise to more acceptable levels.
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