Unfortunately, you may find that your HVAC system starts to get noisier over time. If you’ve had it assessed by a professional and there’s no mechanical issue with your system, they may recommend a few soundproofing options. In fact, there are various different methods that you can utilize separately or in unison to help reduce the amount of noise that your HVAC system makes during operation.
Apply a Noise-Dampening Product
There are a variety of different noise-dampening products on the market that you can apply to the various components of an HVAC system to help reduce the amount of noise that they make. These products come in a variety of formats, including peel-and-stick, sprays, blankets, and solid sheets. You’ll want to apply these products to the interior and exterior surfaces of your HVAC system to help dampen the noise at its source.
Have Your Ductwork Lined With Melamine
Melamine is a popular product used for absorbing sound in the interior of ductwork. The stability comes in a spray foam format that can be easily applied inside of the ductwork that runs throughout your home. This will work to help dampen the sound and even act as an insulator for your ducting to make it more efficient. While they do make foam spray for DIY applications, it’s typically best to call in a professional who will have the right equipment to apply the melamine to your entire ductwork system.
Opt for Flexible Ducting
While not all the ducting throughout your home will be easily exposed, there are likely some pipes exposed in the basement. One great way to help reduce the amount of sound coming from the air vents in your HVAC system is to replace straight ducting pipes with flexible ones. The idea is that sound naturally travels in a straight line. Introducing bends and curves into your ducting helps to greatly reduce the sound transmission that travels from your HVAC system to each room throughout your home.
Install a Noise Reducer/Silencer
When it comes to reducing the noise created by the internal combustion of your vehicle, you rely on your muffler. A product that acts very similar to that of a muffler is a noise reducer silencer for your HVAC system. This consists of a section of piping that contains commercial-grade neoprene foam. The foam is specially textured to help deaden vibrations that flow to the noise reducer silencer. You’ll want to install this product as close to your HVAC unit as possible to stop the noise as early as possible.
Use Acoustic Air Vents
Another great option to consider to reduce the amount of noise that your HVAC system produces is to install acoustic vents. These vents are comprised of a plastic surround that has a sound-absorbing lining inside. As air and sound flow through your ducting, they will enter the acoustic vent and be dampened before the air is released into the room in your home. This option is great for handling noise that is only present in one or two rooms throughout your house.
Consider Sound Barrier Building Materials
If the inside rooms of your home could do with an upgrade, you may want to consider installing sound barrier building materials. A great example of this is a sound barrier ceiling tile. If your HVAC components are in the attic, these sound barrier ceiling tiles can help drastically reduce the amount of sound that makes it from your attic into the rooms of your home. There are other different types of sound barrier building materials that can be utilized, such as foam wall tiles.
Outdoor Sound-Dampening Options
While most homeowners complain about the inside noise being produced by their HVAC systems, some will complain about the noise coming from their outside units. This loud noise outside can be very irritating when you’re trying to enjoy quality time with your family outside. Fortunately, there are many options to deal with excessive exterior HVAC noise.
One of the most effective options is to strategically place tall bushes around the AC unit. These plants will help to absorb a lot of the noise produced by the unit. Additionally, utilizing a fence can also be a great way to help dampen the sound. Just make sure that you’re placing these sound dampening products at least three feet from the AC units so that it still has proper ventilation to work effectively.
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