Signs Your Large Room Needs Better Sound Control
Large rooms often have acoustic issues that can impede effective use of the space. External, internal and ambient noise problems all can be mitigated by improving the room's sound control.
A room's acoustics should always be an important consideration, even when sound is not the main purpose of the room. While it's obvious that a recording studio or concert venue has acoustical considerations, the fact is any space that people inhabit can be improved with better sound control. Ambient noise and the loss of highs and lows can cause lowered concentration and make conversations or entertainment difficult, as well as interfere with the use of any recording or communication equipment. Whether it's a classroom, an open office or a large entertainment room, improving the sound control will make for a better experience for everyone who uses the room.
One problem common to rooms of all sizes is when a quiet room is adjacent to, above or below a louder room. Whether it's a rattling boiler, loud music or a room where people often talk or lecture, high levels of sound coming through the walls and doors can cause issues and interference. Sound-proofing the walls and the floors between the rooms may help cut the noise. External sounds such as steady traffic outside also causes high levels of noise, which can be blocked by improving the window insulation.
Ambient noises caused by HVAC equipment are a problem typical to many large rooms, which often require substantial heating and cooling systems with powerful, loud fans and motors. Often these persistent sounds can fall beneath one's notice, as people automatically tune them out after continuous exposure. However, the constant rumbles and vibrations of low-end sounds can be physically stressful, and cut out a large part of the dynamic range of voices, making it harder to hear spoken speech.
Equally problematic are sounds produced inside a room. Large spaces are prone to echoes and reverb, such that even lower sounds like conversation at a regular volume can cause interference from the noise echoing off the walls and ceiling. A hand clap listening test can reveal problems with acoustical reflection. Stand in various places in the room and clap your hands once, then listen to the echoes. Ideally the reflected sound should decay slowly and evenly. Several quick-paced repeats, called flutter echoes, are the result of the sound bouncing between multiple surfaces, and can spread noise across an entire room.
A large room needs good sound control to function effectively, whatever its purpose. If you're experiencing noise problems in your home or business, see this site for more about working with a sound control contractor in San Diego to improve your room's acoustics.
Christina has a unique take on interior design. Using color, texture and materials as inspiration for eclectic spaces, she advises home owners on how to bring warmth and style to their rooms. You can find her thoughts at: interior-home-decor-blog.blogspot.com
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