Calgary

Calgary mayor aims to quiet noisy air conditioners

Calgary's mayor is taking aim at noisy outdoor air conditioners following noise complaints from citizens over the years.

No change in policy expected in time for this summer

Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi is calling for council to study a motion that looks at ways to reduce noise. (Jen Keiller/CBC)

Calgary's mayor is taking aim at noisy outdoor air conditioners following complaints from those who say the current bylaw does nothing to keep the noise at bay.

"People who feel that their enjoyment of their own home, especially at night, is infringed upon, it actually is a big deal for those folks and we should do something about it," Nenshi says.

Naheed Nenshi wants the city to investigate the best way to deal with the noise. His idea is to change the land use bylaw so air conditioners can only be placed in backyards and not side areas between homes in the future.

The mayor's proposed changes are long overdue for inner-city Calgary resident Wayne Wegner.

Wegner lives next to an infill and says — even after his neighbour agreed to relocate the air conditioner — when they fire it up, the sound reverberates through his home.

He says the low frequency hum makes it difficult for him to sleep.

"It just drives you basically insane," Wegner says. "It makes you sick. It's a health problem."

Even if a majority of council agrees with Nenshi's request, it will be at least a year before anything gets done.

The motion calls for a report by next February.

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