Noise is an invisible problem. This is how to kill it.

Noise is an invisible problem

Empty room with a sound source. Sound reverberating from surfaces

1. ACTIVITIES CREATE SOUNDS

People make lots of sounds all the time. We make sounds when we cook, when we talk, when we play and when we laugh.

The sounds we create are the root cause of the noise we experience in our homes and offices. But sounds are also an essential part of our lives.

We cannot stop making sounds, but we can improve the acoustics of our surroundings to minimise the noise that sounds create.

Noise has a physical and psychological effect causing stress and other problems in our daily life. Learn more about noise and health here.

Empty room with a sound source. Sound reverberating from surfaces

2. SURFACES REFLECT SOUND

Sounds are prolonged and intensified when reflected by surfaces. In small rooms we may not always hear it because the sound bounces back quickly. In large rooms, however, we often hear an echo due to the time delay caused by the long distances sound waves travel.

Different materials reflect sounds differently. Painted walls, gypsum ceilings and tile floors reflect nearly all the sound waves hitting them.

These materials are the cause of the bad acoustic environments that we experience in our homes and offices, particularly in the U.A.E.

Empty room with a sound source. Sound reverberating from surfaces

3. MIXED SOUNDS CREATE NOISE

When sounds are reflected, they mix and become louder. The sound of the television mixes with the sound of the kettle in the kitchen which mixes with the sound of the kids playing which makes it impossible to hear your own thoughts.

Mixed and loud sounds are what we perceive as noise. They are the invisible problem in our homes and offices that makes us feel uncomfortable.

This is how TO kill noise

Empty room with a sound source. Sound reverberating from surfaces

1. LESS REFLECTIONS CREATE LESS NOISE

Sound absorbing surfaces prevent reflections and are essential for killing noise. Carpets, curtains and furniture often have some ability to absorb sound. This is why a furnished room has less echo and better acoustics than a non-furnished room.

Furnished homes, however, may still have very bad acoustics because carpets, curtains and furniture are not equally good at absorbing sound; neither are they designed with this purpose in mind.

Empty room with a sound source. Sound reverberating from surfaces

2. MUTE'S PRODUCTS ARE DESIGNED TO ABSORB SOUND

Mute’s products are carefully designed to absorb sound. Our acoustic canvas and printing technique enable sound waves to pass through and be absorbed by our Mute Core which effectively transforms sounds waves into tiny vibrations not visible to the eye.

With an NRC (Noise Reduction Coefficient) of 0.8 our products absorb nearly all the sound waves hitting them and thus prevent these sounds from being reflected and create noise.

The size of a sound absorbing surface is proportional to the noise it reduces

3. THE BIGGER THE ABSORPTION AREA, THE LESS NOISE

You can never have too much sound absorption in your home or office. But you can have too little.

The size of your room determines how big a sound absorbing surface area you need. Therefore, the size of your rooms also determines how large an area of Mute’s products you need to experience an effect. Based on our experience, we recommend the following minimum surface areas to be covered by Mute’s products:

Room size                                               Coverage
Small room                 ca. 15 m2              2 m2
Medium room            ca. 30 m2              4 m2
Large room                 ca. 60 m2              8 m2
Extra large rooms     ca. 100 m2        20 m2

If your room has extra height, the surface area needs to be equally bigger. Moreover, we recommend adding a little extra (10% - 20%) in play areas and offices.

Install Mute wall art in the sound active areas for maximum effect

4. KILL THE SOUND CLOSE TO THE SOURCE

For the best result, Mute’s products should be placed in the rooms where the sounds are created. This is usually the rooms that you use the most.

Muting the sounds as close to the source as possible and preventing them from bouncing between parallel walls is the key to a good acoustic environment.
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LESS NOISE - LESS STRESS

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REDUCE STRESS
Less noise makes you feel less stressed

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HELPS TO FOCUS
Less noise improves your ability to focus and concentrate

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IMPROVES QUALITY OF LIFE
Less noise benefits your quality of life