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2 Things You Can Do To Reduce HVAC Noise In Your Office

It can be hard to conduct a phone conversation, or even a group meeting, with a noisy HVAC system rumbling overhead. This tends to be an especial problem for those working in open office spaces, where HVAC noise travels much more easily. If you would like to learn about some strategies for reducing such unwanted noise, read on. This article will discuss two effective tactics.

Reconsider the placement of air handlers and ducts.

Older buildings have upgraded HVAC systems installed as time goes on. While this is generally a good thing, resulting in more up-to-date appliances, it can create problems where your air handlers and ducts are concerned. The problem here is that an air handling system isn't always upgraded in tandem with the furnace and air conditioner.

In many cases, the placement of those components simply isn't ideal for the new system. This can not only lead to comfort issues, but it may also result in distracting noises. If your HVAC system is hampered by such noises, consider hiring a building contractor with the requisite design experience to analyze your existing air handling and duct systems. There's a good chance you may be able to minimize the problem by moving such components to more ideal locations.

Install some sound boots.

Sound boots, also known as acoustic duct silences, are one of the most effective ways to reduce noise in an office setting--especially one that consists of a large open space. They are designed to reduce what is known as cross talk. This simply refers to the phenomenon of sounds from one part of the space being transmitted to another through the reverberant duct system.

This problem is intensified by the HVAC system's return ducts. These are responsible for drawing air up out of the room so that it can be recirculated through the system. Unfortunately, these ducts also tend to draw a lot of sound along with the air. This sound then finds its way back out through nearby vents and registers.

A sound boot simple consists of an L-shaped piece of duct that is installed in place existing return duct. The kinked shape of the duct discourages the transmission of sound waves. Its acoustical dampening capabilities are further enhanced by the fact that return ducts are often lined with a special type of acoustic insulation. This insulation acts to absorb sound waves, thus keeping them from moving to other parts of the room. For more information, talk to an HVAC contractor from a company like Crystal Coast Heating & Air LLC.