Quiet Air Compressor | What You Need to Know

Whether you own a shop, work in a production facility, or do work at home – you can’t work comfortably in a noisy environment for very long. If you run a business, you definitely don’t want your customers exposed to a loud compressor and higher noise levels could jeopardize the safety of workers.

In this article, we’ll decode loudness and show you what to look for when shopping for a quiet air compressor.


When shopping for a quiet air compressor, you’ll notice all kinds of terms being used like: ‘ultra-quiet’, ‘noise-less’, and even ‘silent’, but what do they all really mean? It’s easier to understand how loud or quiet something is when it’s compared to things found in our everyday surroundings.

Why are compressors so loud?

Noise levels of air compressors today range on average between 40 and 92 decibels, which is quite a large gap. How can one air compressor be about half as loud as a conversation, and another one be downright deafening? It has to do with a couple of different factors.

    • Friction
    • Power Source
    • Proximity

Compressor Noise Reduction

While sourcing your next air compressor, it’s good to know the sound levels that require hearing protection as well as noise levels that can cause immediate and permanent hearing loss. This is called noise induced hearing loss or NIHL. Many users do not realize that even being exposed to noise levels around 80 decibels, like a loud vacuum, for extended periods of time can also result in hearing loss over time. This is especially important for jobs where the worker is close to the air compressor or machinery where decibels may be higher than at greater distances.

Although there isn’t a standard for labeling the noise level of every air compressor, more and more people and industries are looking for quieter compressors.

Air compressor Types

  • Recipricating
  • Rotary Screw
  • Scroll