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Residential HVAC

The Issue

As it gets warmer and people emerge from their winter hibernation into the summer sun, noise always becomes an issue. This is especially true when it comes to backyard noise in residential neighborhood. The source of the noise can be cookouts, pool pumps, air conditioning units, or a number of other things. For our client, it was their residential HVAC unit that was the cause of the problem.

The Challenge

Our clients lived near Philadelphia and had recently installed central air conditioning. Their neighbors complained to the city about the noise levels, which were very audible due to how close the houses are to each other, and our clients were told they couldn’t use their residential HVAC again until they got the noise levels below the city ordinance.

For these types of noise issues, we recommend a sound blocking fence. These sound barriers absorb noise and can also block it from transferring between properties.

The Solution

Our most commonly used material to create sound blocking fences, and the most affordable, are our AudioSeal® Exterior-Grade Sound Blankets. Sold by the individual blanket or roll in standard sizes, this makes retrofits to existing structures and residential HVAC units easy and cost-effective.

After discussions with their sales rep, our clients decided to install a stockade fence and line it with AQFA-10EXT Exterior Absorber Sound Blanket. They expedited the order since it was the week before Memorial Day and they wanted to celebrate in their own (quiet) backyard.

Residential HVAC with a fence and acoustical treatment to reduce the noise.

Residential HVAC with a fence and acoustical treatment to reduce the noise.

The Result

After installation of the AQFA-10EXT Exterior Absorber Sound Blanket, the AC noise was well under the city ordinance noise limits and our clients stayed cool and comfortable all summer long.


To learn more about how Acoustical Solutions can solve your noise control problems, use our contact form, call one of our Acoustical Sales Consultants at (800) 782-5742, or visit us on the web at acousticalsolutions.com.