Concentration is a significant factor in the productivity of a business environment, and one of the most significant issues that break that concentration is sound, so it may be time to investigate a sound control service. There are all kinds of ways to reduce noise distraction: headphones, soundproofing tiles, but the best option is insulation because it can also help energy efficiency.
Minimizing the Distractions
There are two forms of sound production: impact and airborne sound. The sound produced when people are walking around or moving things is referred to as impact sound. Anyone that works in a building with multiple floors knows this can get distracting. Airborne noises come from things like traffic outside, people speaking, and even music that’s being played.
When insulation is installed in walls, floors, and ceilings, it becomes a sound barrier, thus reducing noise distraction from either of these types of audio production. The insulation absorbs sound vibrations from the source, keeping it from being released into the area next door.
When you speak to an insulation professional, they will most likely tell you that cellulose, fiberglass, and foam insulation are your best options to reduce noise. They can also advise you on which is the best for your specific building and how best to combat the sound type that is causing the most issues.
Other options that you have for a sound control service are upgrades like new windows, additional weatherstripping, sound-absorbing curtains, and duct wrapping. If your building still has single-pane windows, it’s time to upgrade them. Not only do single-paned windows let in a lot more sound, but they are also increasing your heating and cooling costs.
Double-paned windows will improve your energy efficiency and your noise reduction without the price of triple-paned ones. If you’ve already got double-paned windows, it may be time to apply new weatherstripping around windows and doors. Fill in any small cracks or gaps with acoustical sealant and replace any hollow doors with solid ones to help reduce noise.
Sound-absorbing curtains are another option for you to include because not only do they reduce sound, they can keep the sun out of rooms, which reduces how hot they get during the summer. You’ll want to look for curtains that are in a heavy, tightly woven material like velvet, wool, or blackout curtains.
A lot of people don’t realize that your plumbing also contributes to noise disruptions. Running water is unavoidable, but you can reduce how much noise plumbing produces by insulating it. This logic also applies to air ducts.
Call us for Sound Control Services
Carrig and Dancer is a full-service energy conservation contractor who has been providing residential and commercial insulation services throughout Washington since 1982. Other services offered include, but are not limited to, soundproofing and replacing windows. For more information about these and other energy-saving services, contact us at (253) 584-7704 or at one of these other locations.