If you live in a busy area with plenty of traffic passing by, or next to a pedestrian street that is always filled with people, you’re probably not too thrilled that you have to put up with all of that noise.
Perhaps you’re woken up every single morning by the annoying sound of your neighbor mowing the lawn really loudly when you just want to get some sleep, or you live next to a construction site or a playground.
Whatever your problem may be, I am probably right in guessing that the idea of soundproofing your living space has crossed your mind at least once.
No matter what you’re planning to soundproof, it is always very useful to know at least the approximate STC rating for different kinds of materials before you decide on the type of material you will use.Continue reading
How many times were you annoyed by a too loud laptop fan making noise? Have you ever heard your laptop all the sudden go unbearably loud? Well, this can occur to anyone, no matter how old your machine is.
There can be a lot of reasons causing this problem, but in most of the cases they are all easily solvable and will not take much effort to deal with.
Of course, there are sometimes when the noise can’t be handled due to the laptop’s age. Some parts simply get loose and worn out. Either you can change them, or buy a new laptop. However, before tossing your old laptop to trash, there are some things that you might try in order to reduce the noise of its fan.
Nevertheless, you can use these tactics as well to improve your newer laptop and decrease/prevent the potential noise.
Let’s check out some of the most effective ways of dealing with the annoying buzz of your laptop fan.Continue reading
Imagine a Thursday night after an exhausting week. You can’t wait for the weekend, but you still have Friday to make it through before being able to get some proper sleep. Still, you are comforted by the fact that you can go to bed early tonight and give yourself a break.
Once you’re in bed and as you are slowly drifting off to the realm of sleep, you suddenly hear tick-tock, tick-tock, Tick-Tock, Tick-Tock, TICK-TOCK, TICK-TOCK!!!
And, goodbye, sleep!
The sound made by analogue clocks is like a torturing method specifically devised to keep you sleepless all night. Moreover, just as you grow accustomed to it, it’s just like the little devil changes the rhythm!
If you are among the unlucky ones who are highly sensitive to a clock ticking, I know you have tried many tricks to make it less loud. I’ve been there too and I know the struggle is real!
For all of you out there taking clocks off of walls or taking the batteries out, I will give you some helpful tips on how to make your clock soundless.
Here we go!
Acoustic ceiling is the formal name for what is commonly known as a popcorn ceiling. These are ceiling tiles that have a paint-on or spray-on treatment that makes them extremely elegant.
They can be used in the living room, bedrooms and hallways, because of their bright and whitish appearance which has the ability to hide imperfections. Their finishing is also very smooth and has higher durability, plus they are easy to clean.
They are largely being used in construction today, due to their aesthetic purposes, and also the advances in technology has caused them to offer a wide variety of benefits such as improving the acoustics in the room and reducing the noise levels.Continue reading
Acoustic ceiling clouds are designed to reduce reflective sound effectively within a large and open environment.
They also delineate the space and offer a more appealing look.
This is because they are extremely stylish and have soft lined shapes that are suspended horizontally from the ceilings, and give the area an acoustical appearance.
Acoustic cloud ceilings give a modern appearance to an old building and the also reduce the reverberated noise from the building.
They can be used in residential areas as well, if you happen to have noisy neighbors.Continue reading
Working in an office cubicle can sometimes be challenging. Have you ever noticed in any brokers’ movie the way in which they communicate over the telephone underneath their own working desks?
That’s because sometimes, the only way to possibly reduce some background noise is by isolating yourself beneath your desk.
I have found myself in similar situations dozens of time! I’ve tried this trick, and it worked, for some time.
However, I couldn’t keep hiding below the table whenever I was making a call, or just in a need of silence.
That’s when I started searching for a real, permanent solution. Now, I will try to help you with a few simple solutions that I have tried myself, as well as other possible steps for soundproofing your office cubicle.Continue reading
It is no doubt that computers are used nearly everywhere nowadays. And it goes without saying that a keyboard must accompany a computer for it to function fully.
Although most computers come with a standard keyboard, most of these are not necessarily the best. Keyboards can be quite noisy making it difficult for you to work in the company of others.
A few years ago, I was living with a couple of friends while trying to cut costs. I am a night bird and this meant that I was almost always using my computer while everyone else was asleep. While this did not pose a problem, my keyboard at the time was quite loud. This meant that my friends, who were all light sleepers, could hardly sleep unless I was done using the computer.
I did not even know silent or quiet keyboards existed until one of them mentioned it. Of course, I still wanted to use the computer at night but not at the expense of their sleep. So I decided to give it a try.Continue reading
Presenting a project in a meeting is hard enough. If you add noise disruptions and weird echoes to that, it becomes nerve-wracking.
Sound pollution in your conference room can ruin your whole meeting and presentation.
When your workspace has poor acoustics, then productivity is bound to be affected.
Conference rooms are no different than the average office space; they’re only somewhat more significant.
Your conference room is likely the place where you conduct interviews, make a presentation, hold conference calls, and close on deals.
Now imagine how much money and opportunity is lost when, for instance, an international conference call keeps being interrupted by noise activity outside the conference room.
Regardless of the nature of the sound disruptions, poor sound quality is likely to bring down your company’s operability.
Your integrity is also in question when your walls act as ears to sensitive information.
Without proper acoustics, a business and its workers don’t work at their best capacity.
Here we look at some ways you can soundproof your conference room and improve sound acoustics in your workplace.Continue reading
Working from home can be great. You get to be your own boss and determine how long you actually work.
However, any noise, however little, can be quite distracting. For you to get work done, your home office should be able to block out as much noise as possible.
When I quit my job to work from home a few years ago, the biggest challenge I faced was all the noise in the house. The kids were a ruckus and that meant I couldn’t get much done from my home office.
It was then that I decided to soundproof my home office. I took a couple of the steps I have highlighted in this article and of course, the outcome was amazing. I have added a few other steps you can take should the ones I took not work for you.Continue reading
Even in the digital age of today, paper shredders still have their place. They are perfect for getting rid of important documents that might lead to an identity theft or breach of any sort. Moreover, they can also be used to shred credit cards. A good quality paper shredder can help you eliminate the unnecessary paper documents at work or at home.
It is surprising that a single document can lead to major damage, if misplaced. This is why investing in a paper shredder makes sense. There are a lot of options available these days when it comes to paper shredders. The shredders are so powerful that they can also work fine for compact disks.
However, the cutting action can end up making the shredders noisy while operating. Due to the advancement of technology, it is possible to own shredders that work silently without creating any disturbance. Below are some important factors that you should consider while buying quiet paper shredders.Continue reading