An air compressor and air tools are versatile equipments as they can be used in different applications around home or in the workshop. The tools are beneficial in woodwork, metalwork, mechanical jobs or simple tasks around the home. An air compressor functions by creating a high pressure system which allows its accessory tools to work effectively. The following tips can be used to lower the noise produced when working with the tool.
1. Wear Hearing Protection
As the air compressor and its accessory tools create a high pressure pumping system, it emits a lot of noise too. Avoid damaging ears by putting on hearing protection at all times. This minimizes injuries; get medical physical check up if the tool is used on a regular basis to prevent damage to the ears.
2. Use acoustic Enclosures or Sound Barrier
These can be used to mute an air compressor. It involves constructing the noise enclosures using different materials that have sound proof capabilities. Gypsum, stud, or plywood are inexpensive way to make acoustic enclosures.
When constructing a sound barrier, take in consideration the amount of air needed by the air compressor to function and the position of the air supply. Keep in mind the amount of air required by the cool the motor and how to access other components of the tool. This helps to design an effective sound proofing device.
3. Use Sound Blankets
Sound blankets can be used to reduce noise emitted by an air compressor. They are effective in considerably lowering the noise to comfortable levels. The device is fitted inside the cabinet to enclose the compressor which is the noisiest part of the machine. They are available in different sizes to comfortably fit into different air compressors. Sound blankets are also found in different shapes too. The hooks and loop closures makes it easy to install them on air compressors.
4. Use Them from a Safe Distance
It is recommended to place an air compressor as far away as possible when working with it. However, make sure it is easily accessible. Placing the tool at a distance is said to reduce the noise level by ¼.
5. Special Room for Air Compressor
If an air compressor is used on a daily basis at home or in the workshop, build or prepare a separate room with special materials to reduce noise levels. Concrete block, stud, or gypsum can be used to build walls. These materials reduce noise levels by 20-25 decibels. Acoustic absorption material can be added to surfaces such as walls, floors or ceilings, a durable 2 inch thick sound absorber panel with fiberglass fill is ideal. An all interior lining of concrete wall surface is an inexpensive way of achieving the same effect.
6. Maintain Air Compressor and Accessory Tool
Damaged, faulty or components working in poor condition cause the air compressor to produce excess noise. Inspect the tool regularly and check that the motor, compressor, air filters, hoses, fuel tank, heat exchangers are all running smoothly and are clean.