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Draft and Noises Indicator

Draft and noise issues are common complaints for both home and business owners. Being stuck in a cold, drafty room is not only unpleasant – it’s more than likely energy-wasting. Loud noises traveling between walls can be especially problematic in office settings and shared housing. At Bradley Mechanical, we’ve perfected our draft and noises indicator program to help you identify the issue that’s causing a draft or impacting noise levels.

Draft and Noise Issues

If you’ve noticed an uncomfortable draft in your home, chances are you could benefit from having a professional perform a draft test. When dealing with drafts, home professionals often use the term “leaky.” That’s because warm air is quite literally “leaking” out of the home and being replaced with cold, low air. The factors that can affect your draft level include building height, location, and how well it is sheltered from the wind.

If a home is “leaky,” this can also cause more air to move through it and, therefore, more sound. If noise travels easily around your home, it may be an insulation issue. Walls densely packed with cellulose or batted with double sheetrock will have less noise transmission. In newer homes, insulating the interior walls has become standard practice, which can have a tremendous deadening effect. But for older homes? Insulation could have been improperly installed or deteriorated over time, lowering it’s R-rating.

Whether you struggle with a stubborn draft or can’t seem to control the noises traveling from room to room, give us a call.

Technician performing a duct leakage test

Our Draft Test

Bradley Mechanical can run a Draft Test to determine how “leaky” your home may be. Our test uses a computer program to determine how big the accumulative holes are in your home down to the square inch. Contrary to popular belief, most drafts do not stem from windows and doors. In fact, draft and noise levels are more related to how well a house is sealed and insulated.

We often find our customers’ homes are leakier than they should be. With our experience and expertise, we can provide you with top recommendations and solutions to fix the problem.

Schedule a draft test today.

Frequently Asked Questions

What indicators are used for draft and noise?

The most simple and effective way to identify a draft is to simply feel for a soft breeze near windows, doors, chimneys, attic doors, wiring holes, vents and other areas potentially exposed to outside elements. Having a professional perform more enhanced tests can also help determine drafts while also showing how intense the problem may be. For noise problems, you’ll likely notice this when loud sounds seem closer than they should, whether the noise stems from a television or someone talking. We may use different equipment and tests to see how well your insulation performs and whether it needs replacing.

What are draft and noise issues?

Drafts are caused when warm air leaks out of a building. Drafts are common but can easily make your home less energy efficient and cause discomfort. Noise issues are most likely caused by poor insulation. While walls and insulation can’t cancel out every noise, they should provide some noise control from room to room.

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