While the modern workplace offers many benefits, it entails certain downsides as well. For instance, the trend toward adopting open-style layouts, in which employees work close together in a group setting, can result in excessive office noise. Making matters worse, many contemporary workplaces include a lot of wood, metal, and glass, which do a poor job of absorbing sound. This leaves workers feeling distracted by all the noise around them and can also raise privacy concerns when sensitive conversations are overheard.
You can choose from a wide range of products for bringing noise levels under control. Acoustic panels and ceiling tiles can absorb sound, while modular walls can section areas off from auditory distractions. However, in many cases, absorbing or blocking sound isn’t a tenable option, and it’s in these scenarios that sound masking systems come into play.
How Sound Masking Systems Work
If you’re like many other business owners or office managers, you’re probably unfamiliar with how sound masking systems work. However, the concept of sound masking is fairly simple to comprehend. Sound masking systems release unstructured noise that makes it difficult to understand the words being said in a nearby conversation. When activated, these systems sound like air blowing out of an air conditioning vent or fan. And, although you’ll barely notice this sound while the systems are running, they can make it significantly easier for people to focus on their work and prevent private conferences from being overheard.
Setting Up the System
You can have a sound masking system installed in a new office building or within an existing workplace. The equipment can provide an effective solution to excessive noise for corporate offices, medical centers, and many other facilities. The recommended setup will depend on the layout of your workplace. You’ll typically want to have the system’s speakers placed near where the problematic noise is heard. For example, if there is concern about meetings being overheard outside of your conference room, one or more speakers should be installed outside of that space. The sound masking system will then automatically adjust to the noise levels in that space, ensuring that you have the right amount of coverage at all times.
Sound Masking Systems from CWC Office Furnishings
If you think your business could benefit from having a sound masking system installed, look to CWC Office Furnishings. Through CWC Acoustic Interior Solutions, our division focused exclusively on helping businesses create more acoustically pleasant work environments, we provide professionally installed sound masking systems made by top brands. We’ll calibrate your system for your specific needs and preferences and teach you how to use the software it runs on, supplying all of the expert support needed to get your system up and running.
Contact CWC Acoustic Interior Solutions today for more information! We proudly provide top-of-the-line acoustic solutions for businesses throughout the southeastern United States.