04/24/2013 09:23 EDT | Updated 06/24/2013 05:12 EDT

Calgary Cracking Down On Noisy Air Conditioners, Hot Tubs


The City of Calgary may get tougher on noisy air conditioners and hot tubs.

There are already sound limits for neighbourhood noise, but Mayor Naheed Nenshi feels they aren't sensitive enough, so council has asked staff to study changing the noise bylaw.

Council will review how to handle complaints about air conditioners, central vacuum systems and even outdoor hot tubs.

The concern is the constant hum or vibration is too annoying and doesn't fall under existing bylaws.

Phil LaPrairie with ARPI's Air Conditioning says most complaints come when the units aren't maintained properly.

There were 2,400 noise complaints called into Bylaw Services last year and 131 were related to air conditioners, generators and vacuums.

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