Quiet pressure washers are a new concept that is just starting to gain traction. Most of the time, the only consideration that people have when shopping for a pressure washer is the power rating, which is often expressed in gallons per minute and pounds per square inch. These numbers are used to measure how much water the machine can pump out and the amount of force with which it can do so in the whole process.
These are very important things to consider, but they don’t tell the whole story. It’s possible to increase the power output by simply increasing the motor speed or by using a bigger pump. This will also cause an increase in noise, which is why so many machines are loud.
You can use this approach to produce a really powerful machine with an insanely high GPM rating and PSI rating, but it’s not always practical because of how noisy such a machine would be. The alternative is to make some tradeoffs and settle with a quieter model that still gets the job done at an acceptable level of volume.
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What Makes the Engine in a Pressure Washer Quiet
While many people imagine a pressure washer’s engine roaring at full speed, this is not actually the case; it’s far more quiet than you might think. The key to a quiet engine is the way the engine moves water through the pump and nozzle assembly.
Pressure washers feature an impeller pump that pulls water through an orifice-style nozzle. When you’re cleaning hard surfaces, like sidewalks and driveways, these orifices draw in a lot of water because they’re big and deep — they’re designed to pull in lots of water quickly and efficiently. When you’re blasting loose dirt and debris off surfaces like your roof or siding, though, you’ll notice that these nozzles are smaller than when you’re cleaning hard surfaces. As a result of this reduced volume flow rate and pressure drop, they don’t suck as much water as they do when cleaning sidewalks and driveways. This lower volume flow rate is what creates less noise when using pressure washers for cleaning hard surfaces.
Here are some tips:
1) Make sure the hose you’re using is rated for the pressure you’re applying. The wrong size hose can make the nozzle vibrate too much or leak out water if it’s not strong enough to handle the pressure from the pump.
2) If you use a garden hose for pressure washing, keep in mind that it’s not intended for this task; it’s meant for watering lawns and gardens. You can damage lawns and gardens with a garden hose if you’re using too much pressure — sometimes even more than 50 pounds per square inch (PSI). Without proper water flow, nails and screws can jam into plants and cause devastating damage.
3) Keep the nozzle pointed at the ground; don’t point it straight up at any surface you’re cleaning
Add baffles inside the hose or wand. If you’re using a wand for cleaning, adding a small piece of rubber or vinyl on the end of the wand will reduce air turbulence inside the hose. This reduces noise and improves performance. The experts at Giraffetools collections can guide you more on these and lead you accordingly.