Questions that are frequently asked about Noise Guide and how to reduce noise in the open office space
Take a look at the Work tasks and noise levels section of the site for a general introduction to what noise levels to expect for different types of work tasks.
The recommended area for a Noise Guide to cover is a group of 4-6 people sitting in a team, with the tables close to each other. The recommended distance between a Noise Guide and the source of the noise, you wish to measure, is 2-3 metres (6.5 feet to 9.8 feet). The maximum distance between a Noise Guide and the noise source is 5 metres (16.4 feet).
The Noise Guide is quite easy to move, making it possible to switch locations of the Noise Guide, for instance on a weekly basis. Or you can use several Noise Guides, allowing you to cover the entire office space.
You can compare noise levels for each area of the office to each other using the software. You can name each Noise Guide, corresponding to its position in the office, allowing you to easily get an overview of noise levels for each area of the office.
It is important to acknowledge that Noise Guide is not a stand alone fix that will solve all of your noise related issues in the office. It is merely one step on the way to lowering noise levels in your office, and should be used in combination with a general focus on lowering noise. To see more ideas on how to adress noise issues in the office, go to How to handle noise.
Make sure the USB drive is formatted (FAT 32) before using it, and make sure the USB drive is empty, before inserting it into your device.
Want to see how to download measurements from your Noise Guide? Watch the instructional video on YouTube.
db(A) is an abbreviation of decibel in the A-weighted frequency. This is what noise is typically measured in and corresponds to what the human ear can hear.
Laeq is an average and will typically be displayed with a time constant, for instance Laeq 1min. Laeq 1 min is the average noise level measured over one minute.