When you have an office in your home you expect it to be peaceful and quiet but with all those kids running around at your house or any sort of ambient noises from outside could disrupt both your peace and concentration while you’re at work. With that, the best option you’re left with is soundproofing your office or any other room for the matter. Soundproofing is the most efficient way to prevent any sort of unwanted sound from entering your space and lets you enjoy some peace and serenity. If you want you can even listen to your favorite music loud, or host a party without disturbing your neighbors.
But you know what’s a real hurdle in building your soundproofed heaven? An above door vent. Yes, that rectangular hollow space on your wall above your door that lets wind travel and also lets all that unwanted voice travel to areas where it is unwelcome. No matter how insignificant it may seem to be, it is a big obstacle in successfully soundproofing your room.
Why do you need an air vent?
Nonetheless, that doesn’t mean that air vents should be completely expelled from houses or anything, because they hold a major significance. Air vents are needed for the circulation of air into a room, air vents are also popularly known as transfer grills, they provide room for air to circulate back and forth to a room by either heating or cooling it depending on your requirement. If there are no vents then the only means of air circulation would be through the gap underneath the door which would not be sufficient for the heating or cooling of the room.
How to soundproof your air vent?
Getting rid of the vent and trying to soundproof your house does not take a lot of work and finances and the construction you’d have to go through is also very easy and enjoyable. There are however two soundproofing solutions that you could go for. The first one is to block out the vent entirely, that would give a full proof sound reduction however it would deprive you off of the heating and cooling of your room through air circulation. The other way is by creating a sound maze and although it’s not going to give you full sound reduction it would still reduce enough noise for you to concentrate or not be disturbed.
Blocking out the vent method:
If you were to get it done professionally then you’d have to drywall over the gap and have that opening closed permanently like it was never there. But this will definitely take an entire day and you’d have to be very careful with all the work you’re doing. However, there is a slightly easier and less time consuming DIY method that would get you to block that vent in no time.
First, you have to remove the vent and then fill in the hole with the Great Stuff Big Gap filler, why do we recommend this item you ask? Well, the great Stuff Big Gap filler’s foam has really amazing expanding characteristics. The foam could expand more than 1 inch and fill in those unwanted gaps without you having to worry about Gap fillers.
It also has a straw applicator that can reach and fill in the most unreachable areas and arrives ready to use with no extra purchases required. So now that you’ve used the great Stuff Big Gap filler to fill in the whole wait for it to completely fill in the area and then put the vent back on. This would also help you to keep your work under the vent hidden. So yes this is undoubtedly an easy way to fix your soundproofing the vent dilemma. But before you finally make the decision you need to remember that this soundproofing solution would deprive you of adequate ventilation. You would have no means to heat or cool the air in your room. And although it’s not going to make too huge of a difference it will cause some irritation in the room. But hey no pain no gain right?
Creating a sound maze:
Now with this change, you don’t really have to compromise your room’s ventilation for it to be peaceful and quiet but this method would not give you a full proof sound reduction. This would, however, work enough for you to feel comfortable and drag out all those unwanted noises. Not to mention this method is not permanent so it can also work with places you rent.
Now in order to create a maze what you need to do is create a maze within the vent with pieces of wood that have acoustic foam attached to it. Remember these mazes need to be small otherwise the method won’t work. The best foam that we recommend is the silver stone’s dampening acoustic foam. Why do you ask? Well, it’s a great quality EPOM foam material best for noise absorption.
It has the characteristic of excellent adhesion to heat absorption. Not to mention it’s really easy to cut and fit into anything for better results. So this foam is the best for this sort of application. This will allow adequate air to travel through the maze in the vents without hindering the process of ventilation in your room but it would not give absolute dead silence to you as the former method did.
The kind of method you go for is absolutely up to you and your requirements for an ideal home. These DIY methods would definitely give you what you want without you having to spend all your time and money on something that could be done way cheaper and would be a lot less time-consuming. Now that you know how to soundproof your above door vents or any other vents for that matter you can either sit back and bask in the silence of your domicile or host lavish music parties without waking up your neighbors.
Now you know that these DIY methods to soundproof your above door vent are not at all that hard. You just need to have all that useful info and know what’s best for you and your idea of a home. We hope this information was useful and helped with your home improvement plans.