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People throughout the world have been trying to improve upon soundproofing capabilities throughout modern history. There are a variety of reasons why you might want to reduce sound within a space. Restaurants often hang sound panels so as to reduce the overwhelming chatter that can sometimes disrupt a patron’s experience. Music studios use soundproofing to get the most accurate, detailed recordings possible. Homeowners look towards soundproofing as well, typically in hopes of creating a quieter, more relaxing environment.
So, how can you improve sound attenuation in your space? The answer can often be found in insulation.
Soundproofing and Insulation
Most people set out to upgrade their insulation with a couple of primary goals in mind — improve indoor comfort levels and reduce energy costs. A poorly insulated home will not only be drafty in the winter and unbearably hot in the summer, but your appliances will have to work much harder than is necessary in order to reach the end goal. This leads to increased energy costs, and many people don’t even realize that it’s happening to them until they conduct a home energy audit.
While the above are the most common reasons to embrace new insulation, soundproofing ranks among them for many people. Just as insulation keeps helps a home in retaining hot or cold air, certain materials can also absorb sound to a rather large degree. Two of the most popular options that have proven to be quite effective at soundproofing are cellulose and Airkrete, the latter of which is considered to be one of the best-performing insulation materials on the market. Neil Young famously uses Airkrete insulation in his home recording studio, and if it’s good enough for him, it’s more than good enough for us!
One Room at a Time
At Benton Green Energy, we take pride in helping customers meet their soundproofing goals as best as possible. Every part of the home is different when it comes to soundproofing, which is why we operate at the micro level with every job. Our “one room at a time” approach helps to ensure that you end up with what you’re looking for, and we welcome any challenge that might meet us along the way. An energy audit can be an excellent first step in helping you to determine exactly what needs to be done to best soundproof your space, whether it be a studio, office or home.
Soundproofing shouldn’t seem impossible. Contact Benton Green Energy to learn more and get started with an energy audit today.
Scott Kelly, President of Carolina Heating Service
I first ran into Dean at a customer house several years ago. He was doing an energy audit where I was upgrading the HVAC system. Dean had recommended some upgrades to the home which greatly reduced the customer’s utility bill.