Your threshold is the limit of noise you would tolerate at your property. You can customize this limit for each hour of the day. Your default thresholds will be assigned based on property the following property types:
Tip: Thresholds are based on duration of noise and your quiet hours. We measure noise as a trailing average over a few minutes to make sure we only alert people about sustained noise that is likely to continue. If you are testing the sensor, make sure you are playing loud music for at least 10 minutes to get a good feel for how we will raise your noise risk score based on the duration of noise. Alerts are only sent during the threshold, so if you are testing earlier than 9:00 PM you will need to edit your threshold to receive a notification.
The larger your property type, the higher the noise threshold is set. We also recommend setting noise thresholds lower outside for 2 reasons:
- Indoor noise echoes against your walls, while outdoor noise has no walls or ceilings to bounce off of. There will be less intense sound waves outdoors than indoors, even if you are playing music at the same volume. This is because there is nothing for the sound waves to bounce off of and compound.
- Because there are no walls, outdoor noise has a more direct path to your neighbors and is more likely to be heard, even at lower volumes.
We are basing out thresholds on data collected over 5 million reservations. Thresholds can be very personal to many property owners, and you will know your property best. Measuring noise outside can be complicated, this is why we advise against setting thresholds below 15 NRS or much higher than 40. With our noise risk score, we do try to avoid alerting you about a siren passing by or a neighbor mowing their lawn. It is important to put your outdoor sensor close to where you expect guests to hang out, away from your property line, so that we can attribute that noise to your guests and alert you when levels have gotten too high.