REALTY : Noisy Homes

Noisy Homes - we need to take a second look at the appliances we are using , and find ways to at least reduce their effect on our eardrums, if not totally drown them.

If you think that noise levels are highest on the road thanks to the excessive honking of vehicles, think again. Household noise pollution levels have reached a never before level, and are listed amongst the leading causes of stress, poor concentration and hearing disorders. It is considered a major cause of various sleeping disorders and raised blood pressure levels. The biggest culprits are household appliances like mixer grinders, washing machines, and food processors. Lawn mowers and construction work in the apartment block come a close second.

The average human conversation takes place at a sound level of 60 decibels.† Contrast that to the 70 decibels a vacuum cleaner makes, and itís already loud. Washing machines emit around 80 decibels of sound, and food processors a whopping 90 decibels even. That is more than loud; itís simply dangerous. In fact anything making a sound above 85 decibels is considered unsafe for the human ear. Electric fans and exhaust chimneys, audio and video speakers (they can reach 100 decibels or more), microwave ovens, air conditioners Ė these are just some of the other household appliances that make a bit too much noise around your home.

And itís not that people are totally unaware of the noise caused by these appliances. Mothers consciously avoid using the food processor or running a wash cycle when their children are studying. We all tend to automatically lower the volume of the TV or radio when we need to concentrate on something.

The good news is that appliance manufacturers also realize the disturbance and ill effects of household noise. Many producers are now coming up with relatively quieter versions of their products. Air conditioners and refrigerators that do not make excessive noise are already taking up a large portion of the appliance market. As awareness of household noise pollution and its ill effects increase, the decibel levels are going to count more in people making their purchase decisions. With at least this in mind, manufacturers should come up with quieter products in the near future.

We encounter enough noise in our daily lives in the normal routine; from traffic to trees being felled to construction sites. The home is supposed to be a haven of peace and quiet. For it to bereally so, we need to take a second look at the appliances we are using , and find ways to at least reduce their effect on our eardrums, if not totally drown them.