The two most important elements of a home entertainment room are comfort and sound. A huge factor in achieving these elements is proper insulation. This should be one of the first priorities when designing your home entertainment room. By working with insulation contractors, you can plan out the different functions of the room to achieve optimal comfort and sound. There are four specific elements that you should focus on when working with insulation. Each of these elements will combine to make an ideal home theater that can last for years to come.
Soundproofing Wall Insulation
One of the more important parts in achieving optimal sound for the room is having proper wall insulation. Not only will insulation reduce the vibration and noise reduction in the room, but it can help prevent loud sounds from disturbing other rooms in the home. Choose acoustic batts for the insulation in your wall. Batts are thick pieces of fiberglass insulation that help block out sounds in the walls. Not only do the thick pieces of insulation help block out signs, but they can help improve climate control in the room. The R-value of these pieces represents the amount of energy that can be saved and acoustic wall installation can range anywhere from R13 to R20.
Electrical Outlet Air Sealing
Naturally, a home entertainment room will have a lot of electrical outlets for televisions, media, and other devices. While having a lot of outlets for the room is important, these areas could potentially create large air leaks and climate control problems for your comfort. The best way to help with this situation and keep all of your outlets is with air sealing. Insulation contractors can take outlet plates off and seal up the inside to prevent air leaks. This will help you save on your energy bill and prevent cold or hot from coming into your entertainment room through the year.
Attic Spray Foam Insulation
If the home entertainment room is located below an attic, then you can benefit from spray foam insulation. This type of insulation helps with both comfort and sound in the room. A thin ceiling can cause extra vibrations and sound distortion while watching TV and movies. A spray foam can completely cover the floor of an attic and thicken the sound proofing of the room's ceiling. Spray foam can also dramatically improve the temperature control in the room. The foam prevents hot or cold air from drifting into the room and creating comfort issues. The spray foam blocks out any air gaps by completely filling in holes. Professional contractors will examine the attic area and ensure that every spot is covered and properly protected.
The entryway to your home entertainment room can make a huge difference on the sound and comfort levels. Hollow doors can let air flow in and out of the room along with letting noise escape. The better option is a solid door. These doors can help block out sounds and contain the air flow in the room. Once the door is installed, you can have insulation contractors add air seals. The typical air seal for a door is placed on the bottom. This seal will prevent any air or sound gaps. It can completely close off the room and create the ideal home entertainment space. Additional air gaps may be found on the tops or sides of the door. A contractor can fill these gaps. Not only will it help with sound and comfort, but plugging up the gaps can prevent any streams of light from shining inside the room and creating unwanted glares.
Before making any plans, you can bring a contractor from a company like Mincin Insulation Service Inc. in for an inspection and evaluation. With their recommendations, you can move forward with the upgrades and have the home theater room that you've always envisioned.