As building regulations and designs continue to evolve towards greater sustainability and comfort, notable transformations are underway in the realm of Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning (HVAC), particularly within commercial properties. The adoption of air and ground source heat pumps, air conditioning units, and various energy generators is becoming increasingly prevalent. Simultaneously, the implementation of protective measures such as acoustic barriers, security fencing (including mesh and vertical bar railings), security compounds, and timber fencing is gaining prominence. These safeguards are essential to prevent potential damage to HVAC units, ensuring the uninterrupted supply of energy to buildings while maintaining security and operational integrity.
9 times of 10, a bespoke solution will be required to protect an energy source and ensure it does the job correctly, whether this involves the groundworks being managed differently to avoid cables and pipework, or the installation of a louvre barrier to prevent airflow restriction around air handling units. Browse our range of solutions or contact us via the button below so we can help you find the perfect solution.Product Quote
Air source heat pump acoustic enclosures
An air source heat pump transfers heat from the outside air to water, which heats rooms via radiators or underfloor heating, and stored water for use in a home or business. While they are a good option for sustainable energy generation, a common complaint is excess noise. Their roll out to residential and commercial properties nationwide could create a noise problem. For large properties, noise is further increased due to the requirement for multiple pumps. By their nature, the machinery involved in converting air to water is noisy, and is louder in the colder months as it works harder. Unfortunately, air source heat pumps cannot be covered or boxed as air flow will be restricted and access is required for maintenance.
However, an acoustic enclosure is an ideal solution to hide the pump, reduce deliberate or accidental damage, and reduce noise. Depending on the available space around the heat pump, a solid acoustic barrier will be most effective, but if the acoustic enclosure needs to be close to the pump, a louvre barrier will ensure that airflow is not restricted. We recommend always using the services of an acoustic consultant to assess the requirements and ensure the correct solution is specified.
Acoustic barriers for energy sector security
Often, a heat pump noise assessment will indicate that an acoustic barrier is necessary to reduce noise but also protect the unit from damage. Acoustic barriers are an excellent choice for substations, air source heat pumps, and air handling units, and are a solution we have frequently supplied.