Category Archives for "Peaceful Office"

Best Quiet Paper Shredders: Reviews and Buying Guide

best quiet paper shredders

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.

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What are the Effects of White Noise in the Workplace?

Effects of White Noise in the Workplace

Let me tell you, it feels kind of bad, being old enough to remember a time where white noise was something you associated with a broken TV. Or, at the very least, with signal problems.

That static-y and annoying sound, accompanied by what my mother used to call the “Very poorly made snow show” was never a welcome sight. Especially on those few rare occasions when it happened during my favorite shows or Monday night football.

Nowadays, white noise has been relegated to the meaning of background noise, whether it’s good or bad. Because, let’s be honest, depending on what kind of person you are, it can be very good or bad.

Some people, me not included, can work quite well with background noise. The sounds of people bustling about around you and generally being active is comforting and even helps you focus.

On the other hand, I can tell you from personal experience that it can be a major detriment, too. I’ve written about this exact thing and gone into more detail there.

Suffice to say, work flows better when I’m not drowning in noise. Why is that?

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Best Acoustic Partitions & Portable Soundproof Walls Reviews 2018

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Whether you wish to get a good night’s sleep or focus on that important project at hand, you certainly need one thing the most – Silence! However, this is hardly the case especially when you are sharing the space with someone, be it roommates or co-workers.

If you are looking for ways to minimize the noise without having to make some major changes in the design of the room, consider acoustic partitions. These portable soundproof walls will save you from a lot of ordeal.

Acoustic partitions can help you divide a big room for facilitating seminars, group gatherings and the likes without disturbing others. You can also control the noise in a gym, canteen or even at your home with these soundproof walls.

Being a fan of all silent things, I have put together the top 3 acoustic partitions that you can use to effortlessly block noise and maintain a calm environment.

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Best Quiet Hand Dryers 2018: Reviews and Buying Guide (with db levels)

Best Quiet Hand Dryers

Hand dryers are quite a common appliance in offices, commercial buildings and other places of work.

Of course, they do a great job of helping people keep up with their personal hygiene without the expense of using paper towels. Paper towels have been used for many years but if you think of the cost as well as the issue of disposing of them, hand dryers are a much better option.

Although automatic hand dryers come with tons of advantages, one of the major setbacks when it comes to these appliances is the noise they produce when in operation. On average, these appliances produce 80 decibels which is similar to that of a food blender.

As is the case with any appliance, there are a couple of newer models of hand dryers that aim in producing little or no noise. These are usually just as efficient and make the environment much more conducive for work.

Getting the best quiet hand dryer can be challenging. This is why I have gone to the trouble of highlighting some of the best quiet hand dryers that are now available. So take a look below to get a hint of which ones are hot in the market.

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STC Ratings for Windows: Best Windows for Sound Reduction

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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.

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Soundproofing 3D Printer: Motor, Axes, Vibration and Fan Noise Reduction

soundproofing 3d printer

With rising popularity, 3D printers have opened a whole new world of possibilities for creative people. It helps them materialize all the unique and fantastic ideas. As expected, the machine with such amazing powers has to be a complex one. And consequently, is a noisy one.

The printer works more and more, turning your dreams into reality, and the sound becomes more noticeable. Some people get used to it, but the others look for solutions how to soundproof a 3D printer. Luckily, there are many solutions! What’s even better, majority of them are affordable, so you can solve the issue in no time! Now let’s take a look at how to reduce noise in a 3D printer!

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How to Soundproof a Server Rack and Room

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If you’re someone who spends a lot of time around computers and all the computer equipment, you must know how irritating the noise the computer equipment makes can sometimes be. This can prove to be even more problematic if you have to work in such a room since it can be quite challenging to concentrate and be productive with all the noise.

You must be wondering where exactly the noise could be coming from.

Well, there are multiple possibilities.

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How to Fix Loud Laptop Fan Making Noise

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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.

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How to Soundproof Office Cubicle and Block Out Noise at Work

soundproof office cubicle

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.

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Best Quiet Keyboards 2018 Reviews for Office, Gaming and Home

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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.

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