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Silent air compressors vs regular air compressors

For many businesses and industries, the combined sound of moving air and heavy machinery simply just isn’t suitable. Smaller workshops, where team members are working in close proximity to a machine for many hours per day, require an air compressor with effective lubrication, precision engineering and additional noise insulation to absorb as much noise as possible and create a more comfortable working environment. This is where our range of silent industrial air compressors comes into play. 

But what’s the difference between silent air compressors and regular air compressors? Find out everything you need to know below.

What is a silent air compressor?

A silent air compressor is a machine that’s built with extra noise-damping properties to help minimise or completely eradicate all mechanical sound. This is especially important for smaller workshops and factories where the noise from the compressor system travels quicker. It’s also ideal for factories that have an open-plan working environment.

A low-noise or silent air compressor is measured by its decibel rating (dB). The higher the figure is, the louder the air compressor will be when in use. For many commercial air compressors, a low-noise decibel rating is considered anywhere between 40 and 60 dB. Anything lower than this would be applicable to a much smaller machine and would be rendered far too small for industrial use.

What type of decibel level does a regular air compressor produce?

The decibel rating of a regular air compressor system can vary depending on its size, power, and operating conditions.

Typically, smaller portable air compressors can produce noise levels of around 70 to 90 dB. This is similar to the noise level of a busy street or a vacuum cleaner. Larger industrial air compressors can produce noise levels of up to 110 dB or more, which is comparable to the noise level of a chainsaw or a rock concert.

It’s important to note that prolonged exposure to high noise levels can cause hearing damage, so it’s recommended to wear hearing protection when using an air compressor or any other equipment that produces a loud noise.

Silent air compressor vs normal air compressor

So, what’s the difference between a low-noise air compressor and a regular air compressor? 

A low-noise air compressor is generally more suitable for smaller workshops and factories with a small-to-medium number of employees. Our silent oil-free air compressors are well-equipped to handle mid-weight volumes of compressed air per day. They’re usually applied to smaller manufacturers, compressed air for medical use and smaller breweries.

In comparison, a regular air compressor is a larger machine that’s equipped to handle much larger volumes of compressed air. These larger industrial machines tend to be much louder when in use thanks to the constantly-in-motion machinery and the volume of compressed air moving through the system.

There are noise-damping mechanisms that can be put in place with these types of air compressors, but this would still not qualify as a low-noise or silent air compressor.

Where to buy oil-free air compressors?

At Glaston, we offer a comprehensive range of silent air compressors at our premises in Skelmersdale, Lancashire. We also offer the option to take out a lease-hire on your silent air compressor, helping you to spread the cost of managing your compressed air requirements with complete peace of mind and assurance.

We also hold a sufficient amount of stock on our secure unit, which is not far from Preston in the North West. This means you are never kept waiting for repairs or air compressor maintenance work to be carried out on your machine.
If you’d like more information about which silent air compressor would be most suitable for your process, contact one of our experts on 01695 51010 or email

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