The Importance of Acoustic Panels

Acoustic panels can greatly enhance the acoustics of any space, and in our opinion, they are always worth it. Investing in acoustic panels is a smart choice. They effectively reduce unwanted sound by absorbing sound waves, improving the acoustics of the room. These panels are particularly beneficial for individuals with hearing difficulties as they effectively lower mid and high frequency sound waves. In this article, we'll provide you with the facts and let you decide for yourself if acoustic panels are worth it. If you want more info on what panels to buy, check out our article on our top acoustic panels in 2023.

Why Acoustics Matter

Acoustics matter because the quality of sound in a space can have a significant impact on our daily lives. Good acoustics can enhance experiences such as dining, entertainment, or work, while poor acoustics can cause issues such as excessive noise, unclear speech, and difficulties with concentration. By improving the acoustics of a space, you can create a more comfortable and productive environment.

Consequences of Poor Acoustics

1. Excessive Reverberation

Poor acoustics often lead to excessive reverberation, making sounds muffled and unclear, which can lead to communication issues. This is the most common acoustic issue that is prominent in almost any space with too many hard surfaces. Without enough soft furnishings to dampen the sounds, acoustic treatment will be required to stop sounds repeatedly reflecting off various surfaces.

2. Increased Noise Levels

Without proper acoustic treatment, noise levels can escalate quickly due to the lack of absorbent materials to reduce reflected sounds.

3. Difficulty Concentrating

In offices or work environments, background noise can become very apparent without acoustic panels, making it difficult to concentrate and be productive.

4. Increased Stress

Noise in the workplace can be a significant source of stress beyond just work-related factors like deadlines and office politics. Loud and prolonged exposure to certain sounds can trigger physical stress responses in the body, leading to spikes in blood pressure and heart rate. Even seemingly innocuous office sounds like phone rings and conversations can impact our heart rate and rhythm. Studies have demonstrated that even intermittent exposure to loud noises can increase long-term stress hormone levels and the risk of developing hypertension.

Advantages of Installing Acoustic Panels

Reduced Background Noise

Acoustic panels are highly sound-absorbent and can effectively reduce background noise levels in spaces like restaurants and offices. Reducing overall noise levels has a benefit for all aspects of the experience. Ease of communication, reduced stress and improved comfort are noticeable benefits from even a small amount of acoustic panel treatment.

customised acoustic panels

Installing acoustic panels can transform your space in a variety of ways

Clearer Speech

By reducing reverberation and echo, acoustic panels create a clearer sound environment with improved speech clarity.

Better Experiences

Acoustic panels and other treatments are used in cinemas to create a captivating and immersive experience. The same can be said for concerts, church ceremonies, and gym sessions, where proper acoustic treatment enhances the overall enjoyment. Areas where we install acoustic panels weekly include Village Halls, Meeting Rooms and Offices.

Stylish Decor

Acoustic panels come in a range of designs, shapes, and sizes, allowing you to create attractive interior d├ęcor while improving the acoustics.

So Are Acoustic Panels Worth it?

Still not sure if they are worth it? Here are some words from Matt Bullen, director of our sister company Resonics who specialise in the supply and installation of premium acoustic products and solutions:

"As a professional in the field of acoustics with over 10 years of experience, I can attest to the effectiveness of acoustic panels in enhancing the sound quality of any space. Acoustic panels work by absorbing sound waves, which can greatly reduce unwanted noise and reverberation. Through my extensive research and testing, I've found that high-quality acoustic panels not only improve the acoustics of a space but also contribute to creating a more comfortable and productive environment. Based on my expertise and experience, I highly recommend investing in acoustic panels for anyone looking to improve the sound quality of their space."

Now that you have a better understanding of the impact of acoustics and the benefits of installing acoustic panels, do you think they are worth it? Browse our selection of high-quality acoustic panels or give us a call for help finding the best panel for your space.