What Is That Sensor On The Wall? 6 Things You Need To Know About Noise Monitoring

We all have been there. Excessive noise from neighbors, apartments, patios, balconies, gardens, or houses can cause extreme frustration and stress. Perhaps it’s a group of karaoke-loving college graduates entertaining each other with their karaoke skills. Perhaps it’s a family gathering with a live band who keeps it going early. No matter the source, loud and sustained noises can disrupt work-from-home concentration. It can disrupt sleep and prevent babies from sleeping. Many localities have noise ordinances in place to limit excessive noise. When regulations are broken, these ordinances can be subject to penalties. It would be great to stop loud noise before neighbors become angry, cops are summoned or ordinance-violation penalties are triggered. This is where noise monitoring device steps in.

What is noise monitoring?

You’ve just rented an Airbnb or VRBO, and now you want to know what the little box on the wall is for. This tiny, but extremely smart sensor is a Noise Aware privacy safe noise-detection device. It detects excessive noise and warns you and your group to reduce it before you become trouble. It cannot identify individual sounds such as sneezes or shouts. It measures decibel levels in time.

The sensor doesn’t have any recording or camera functions. The sensor measures noise level and triggers a notification if it exceeds the threshold set by the host or local ordinances. Sometimes, the notification can be set up to send to the host. You can also set it up to send a message directly to the guest. You may feel that you are seeing these devices more often in short-term vacation rentals. Because they are so effective in preventing problems from happening, more counties are making privacy-safe, noise-detection device a requirement to obtain a permit or license for rental.

What is noise monitoring?

Noise Aware measures excessive decibels like other environmental monitors like a thermometer to measure temperature and make heating or cooling adjustments or a smoke detector to alert you to a burning fire in your home.

The device tracks not only the volume of a noise but its duration. The sound is measured in decibels and the time it lasts. It can also detect sporadic loud noises, which are normal and not considered excessive. A phone app can be connected to the sensor so that the rental host can monitor excessive noise events and potential Airbnb parties.

What is excessive noise?

Nobody is interested in notifying short-term renters guests when they cough, sneeze, call for help with ketchup, or drop a pan onto the floor. These noises are normal and not considered to be a problem. A noisy party, with loud music, loud talking/shouting and loud music, indoors or outdoors, could cause excessive noise warnings. This could also be a sign of an occupancy violation. The same goes for music and streaming movies that are being played late at night at a loud volume. This can disturb neighbors who want to sleep well. NoiseAware was created to identify and address these types of noises.

Am I being recorded?

Noise Aware doesn’t record you, your family or your friends, nor any rent guests, at any time.

What happens if the group becomes too loud?

Noise monitoring is not intended to prevent guests renting short-term accommodation from experiencing unpleasant noise effects. You may be asked to turn down the volume if you watch a movie late at night or play music by the pool. Most guests don’t notice that the volume has increased or are pumping music or shooting cannonballs at their neighbors. It’s enough to remind neighbors and bring the volume down to a manageable level. Sometimes, it may be necessary to send a second message if the noise level isn’t being reduced. NoiseAware is intended to stop real problems such as property damage, ordinance violations, or a visit by the police, and not to be the fun cops. You can enjoy your stay once the decibels have dropped.

What can I do to help a guest renting a short-term rental property with noise monitoring?

A noise-detection system helps vacation rental hosts protect their neighbors’ privacy and avoid fines for noise-ordinance violations, but it also protects guests. The system detects excessive noise and alerts you before it becomes an issue. This frees you from the responsibility of self-policing and ensures that your neighbors, security and law enforcement don’t knock on your door. False noise complaints are possible, although they are rare. Sometimes, neighbors may object to a legal permitted short-term rental house or unit within their building.

In some cases, a neighbor might file a complaint about excessive sound and ask for fines or a revocation of the rental permit. Noise Aware data can then prove that noise was not reported. This can help avoid negative guest reviews on short term-rental sites like Airbnb and avoid financial penalties for violating the booking agreement’s “house rules”.

Positive guest reviews, no late night knocks or fines of $$$, and restful sleep for your neighbor are all benefits of noise-measurement technology that is 100% privacy-safe. This is the purpose of that sensor on your wall.