Today, ventilation systems have been redesigned to be smaller, quieter and more efficient than ever. So designers are now leaving these smaller systems exposed to highlight the raw aesthetic of the building. The trend has been away from suspended ceilings that conceal noisy and bulky air conditioning systems, but without these ceilings your acoustic environment can be negatively impacted.
Select the Air Conditioning System with the Right Amount of Noise
In order to remedy these acoustical problems, purchasing a system that produces the optimal noise level will be the first place to start. Systems that produce too much noise can make speech unintelligible but if the HVAC is too quiet distracting noise will be heard. A quiet, sound-masking is better than a loud noisy system or no system at all.
Other Exposed Systems that Create Acoustical Problems
Other exposed ceiling elements can cause additional acoustical problems. Sound waves reflect off the ceiling’s exposed beams, trusses and ceiling deck which can result in excessive reverberation. This reverberation can make conversation and concentration difficult. For the acoustical problems caused by exposed ceilings, sound absorption products can be utilized. You can also treat the ceiling beam and trusses of your ceiling by hiding absorptive panels in the in the beams channels, achieving acoustic absorption without interfering with your design.
Rewards for Acoustical Comfort
Selecting a quiet system and adding sound absorption products will help create an ideal work environment for your employees. Today, creating an acoustic environment that fosters productivity is more important than ever.