“How loud is it?” is one of the most frequently asked questions by our customers when buying an Oxygen Concentrator. Since most people can relate to the sound of a box fan on medium, our standard response is “about the sound of a box fan on medium.” Let’s see if we can go a little further into this.
The internal compressor of most “older” oxygen concentrators, such as the Invacare Mobilaire 5, the old Airsep Newlife, the Puritan Bennett 540, and many others, was usually installed on rubber vibration mounts. The rubber mounts were created to absorb the compressor’s vibrations and sounds, making the system as quiet as possible. The rubber will rip, crack, or sag over time as a result of the machine’s internal heat. The internal compressor will rub or vibrate against the machine’s chassis, causing noisy vibrations and humming to emanate from the concentrator. When it comes to old computers, this is usually the most common complaint.
These days, most Oxygen Concentrators have their compressors mounted on actual springs, thanks to advancements in technology and design. As a result, the computers are quieter than ever before, and they never need to be replaced due to wear! Larger oxygen concentrators with quieter spring motor mounts can be much quieter. These machines are larger and have more powerful motors.
Owing to the larger internal parts, these devices are a little quieter but last longer. These devices also have a smaller internal motor that is quieter and produces less heat! If you want a computer that is even quieter, consider the Respironics EverFlo Q. Here, the distinctly written alphabet “Q” boasts of the machine’s special feature, that is, it is quiet. Extra sound deadening insulation, a quieter four-way valve, and a separate exhaust muffler are all used in these machines. When these features are combined, you get one of the quietest machines around!
The Invacare Perfecto (39dBA), Respironics EverFlo (40dBA), and Airsep VisionAire are some of the smaller oxygen concentrators with these quieter spring motor mounts (40dBA). These devices also have a smaller internal motor that is quieter and produces less heat! If you want a device that is even quieter, consider the Respironics EverFlo Q.
But herein comes yet another inquiry, are POCs quieter?
Technology is on your side when it comes to Portable Oxygen Concentrators. Since approximately 90% of oxygen patients use 2LPM on pulse, most Portable Oxygen Concentrators are extremely quiet at this environment. If the flow rate rises, the compressor can speed up to satisfy the increased demand, resulting in more noise. The compressor can slow down and become quieter as the demand is reduced. The Respironics SimplyGo (43dBA), which offers both pulse and continuous flow, is one of the quietest portables available with a continuous flow of 5-2LPM or pulsed flow of 1-6LPM. This is comparable to the sound of a refrigerator being turned on. The SeQual Equinox is an excellent alternative if you need more oxygen. With the ability to produce up to 3LPM on continuous flow, the loudest it can get is around 37dBA, and it will only get quieter as the flow rate is reduced. We suggest the Precision Medical EasyPulse 5LPM (43dBA) or the Inogen One G3 5LPM if all you need is pulse flow (38dBA). These units will be smaller, lighter, and louder, and will provide oxygen as you breathe.
Since they work so hard to suck in air from all around you and turn it to pure, breathable oxygen, portable oxygen concentrators are never entirely quiet. They need to make a little noise — a hiss or hum here and there — to run, but that doesn’t mean you should be stuck with a device that sounds like a jet plane that’s trying to take off. If you have to use your oxygen concentrator when sleeping, the continuous noise can keep you or your bed partner awake.
You will get the oxygen you need without all the noise by selecting from the quietest portable oxygen concentrators on the market. A stationary oxygen concentrator, also known as a home oxygen concentrator, is mostly used for those who need higher oxygen doses. Since home oxygen concentrators are more powerful than portable oxygen concentrators, they produce a little more noise.
Newer models of home oxygen concentrators, on the other hand, have successfully reduced the noise they produce, bringing them closer to portable oxygen concentrators. During use, the quietest home oxygen concentrator currently available measures about 40 decibels. This noise is similar to that found in a library, the soft sound of birdsong, or a desktop computer. The Respironics EverFlo Q provides liter flows starting at 0.5 liters per minute, while the other two have continuous flow oxygen from 1 to 5 liters per minute. However, at 31 pounds, it is also the heaviest; the Inogen at Home unit weighs just 18 pounds.
Advanced models of home oxygen concentrators, on the other hand, have successfully reduced the noise they produce, bringing them closer to portable oxygen concentrators. The quietest home oxygen concentrator currently available registers at around 40 decibels while in use. The Invacare Perfecto2, which works at around 43 decibels, follows those systems in terms of noise.
However, newer models of home oxygen concentrators have been appreciatively adept in cutting down on the sounds they make, putting some in line with portable oxygen concentrators. The quietest home oxygen concentrator currently available register at around 40 decibels during usage,
Besides the aforementrioned devices, the Invacare Perfecto2, which operates at around 43 decibels is also a quality products. Next in line are the Respironics SimplyFlo and Millennium M10 home oxygen concentrators, all of which have a decibel level of 50, which is equivalent to light traffic or a refrigerator. Older oxygen concentrator models produce a little more noise, peaking at 58 decibels at 100 feet, which is equivalent to an office or air conditioning unit, but they are still within acceptable limits.
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