A home high-efficiency gas furnace exhausts through a basement window via a
piece of PVC pipe. The exhaust creates loud tones at 517 and to a
slightly lesser extent at 1034 hz that can be heard several blocks away.
My question: Can a resonant tube be attached to the PVC pipe to absorb the
noise? Or will it be necessary to run the exhaust through a muffler?
Thanks in advance–JM
I would talk to the furnace installation people first of all. Perhaps
adding a larger diameter pipe onto the end will slow down the velocity,
as well as flairing the output someway? Get rid of the noise. Don’t muffle
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