The ABC’s of Sound Masking
Sound masking is the use of white noise to establish speech privacy either to combat unwanted noise or provide confidential privacy dependent upon the needs of the facility. Some businesses need to reduce distraction, while others need to safeguard sensitive conversations. There are 3 main resources to deal with sound:
- Absorb it
- Block it
- Cover it
Known as the ABC’s, you can absorb sound with panels and carpeting, block it with partitions, and/or cover it with white noise. Of the ABC’s, covering is usually the most effective means of achieving a reduction of distraction and confidentiality. A sound masking system is the best option because it can be applied to entire floors.
Planning for Sound Masking During Construction
While a sound masking system can be installed in almost any existing facility, it’s usually easiest and most effective to plan for it during construction. There are several factors to consider:
- How will the building be used?
- How many square feet will there be?
- Will there be cubicles or individual offices? How many of each?
- Where are the main areas that need to be sound-proofed?
As you answer these questions, you’ll have a better idea of how many zones to create and where to meet your needs.
From the Mouth of a Satisfied Customer
This may all sound too good to be true. Does it really work? Is it really worth it? Who better to tell you those who have experienced it?
“The experience that we have had with you guys has been nothing short of exceptional. You really don’t realize how important the white noise is until you don’t have it. Before you guys got here we had a 24,000 square foot space that you could hear a whisper in… now we have a comforting blanket of sound and music. We will definitely need you guys in the new building!”
Brandon McKee – ResqDebt, Allen, TX