Soundproofing an Air Conditioner
Most people don’t realize how much noise their heavy appliances can make until they turn them on and find themselves distracted by the sound. One of the busiest times of the year for a good soundproofing company the late spring, when temperatures start to rise and people realize just how noisy their central air conditioning units really are.
A lot of the newer central air models are advertised as being quiet. They may be quieter than the older models but they’re certainly not silent. If you’re lying awake at night listening to your neighbor’s air conditioning unit hum you can almost guarantee that someone in your neighborhood will be doing the same when you turn your own air conditioner on. If you want to stay on good terms with your neighbors you may want to consider sound proofing your air conditioning unit.
Soundproofing the AC isn’t really difficult at all. All you need to do is build a sound barrier around the unit itself. It should stand around 8 feet tall and will be shaped like an L, with the smaller part attaching to the side of your home and extending anywhere from 3 to 5 feet and the longer part running parallel to your home for as long as you can make it.
After you build a basic barrier out of wood you’ll need to add some soundproofing materials in order to get the effect you desire. The best method for soundproofing your air conditioner barrier is to affix some mass loaded vinyl to the inside of the construction with some sort of strong construction adhesive. Fill in any gaps or seams with acoustical caulk and you’ll find you’ve created a very reliable and sturdy sound control unit.
After you finish building you will, of course, want to paint the exterior side to match your house. You can either blend it in with your current decor or use it as a focal poing in your backyard garden. The sky is the limit when it comes to making your air conditioner cover into an aesthetically pleasing part of your yard. Both you and your neighbors will appreciate your completed sound control project!