Noise level (fridges, freezers and combined fridge-freezers)
A good acoustic environment will contribute to the users wellbeing. By setting requirements for noise level, noise can be reduced and therefore improve the acoustic environment.
- Technical specification
- Fridges, freezers and combined fridge-freezers
The noise level for refrigerators, freezers, and combination fridge freezers must be no higher than the levels in table 1 below:
Table 1. Noise levels for refrigerators, freezers, and combination fridge freezers
|Freezers without automatic defrost||42 dB|
|Freezers with automatic defrost||43 dB|
|Combination fridge freezer without automatic defrost||41 dB|
|Combination fridge freezer with automatic defrost||43 dB|
The supplier shall, upon request, be able to present any of for example the following:
- Energy label in accordance with Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) No 2019/2016 supplementing Regulation (EU) 2017/1369 of the European Parliament and of the Council regarding energy labelling of household refrigerating appliances.
- Information from the EPREL database (European Product Database for Energy Labelling) to ensure that the noise level is in compliance with the requirement.
Ensure that refrigerators, freezers, and combination fridge freezers supplied under the contract meet the noise level requirement. This can be done, for example, by checking the energy label or by requesting information from the EPREL database.
Information about the criterion
The noise level/airborne acoustical noise is stated as classes on the energy label, in accordance with Regulation (EU) 2019/2016.
According to the scale, noise class C satisfies this requirement. Class C covers the 36-41 dB(A) range. This means that some products with class D also will satisfy the requirement. The noise level is also shown on the energy label.
Noise level or noise does not have an environmental impact, but it affects the work environment or the sound environment in the home. The sound that is not desirable for a listener is called noise. Noise can be harmful to hearing, disturbing, cause different physiological reactions and cause sleep disturbances. It can also make work tasks more difficult to perform and thus impair work performance. Therefore, noise level requirements when appliances are procured for use in workplaces as well as for use in households in new construction and similar are important.
The version date indicates when the sustainability criterion was created or last updated. Last reviewed dated tells when we last checked that the sustainability criterion still is relevant.
- Current ID
- Version date
2021-05-03, Requirement ID 10136:2: The text in the requirement has been updated since the new energylabelling regulation has been enforced and the old one is therefore not needed anymore. 2020-06-17, Requirement ID 10136: 1: The requirement has been tightened and supplemented with energy labeling classes in accordance with upcoming energy labeling regulations.2014-02-13, Requirement ID 10136: Original version