Tips to Tackle Outside Noise
Unless you live in the countryside with your closest neighbors over a mile, you may have nights where you don’t sleep the greatest because of all of the sounds of the city. Whether it is from dogs barking or street noise, there are a number of ways to decrease the sound and get a restful night of sleep.
If you are not in the market for replacement windows, sound reducing curtains can be a more affordable choice. The best curtains can help diminish noise on a budget. With a variety of ways to do it yourself, you can sleep soundly and save money at the same time. A lot of stores also sell curtains that help block out light and dim the noises around you. You’ll appreciate this in loud cities on nights where you are home not feeling well or trying to unwind.
Replacement windows may also be a good idea. You may notice unexpected results that won’t require you to use headphones or ear plugs to go to sleep every night. Double or triple-paned windows with sound control glass* are good choices for noise control, with the added positive outcome of also being energy efficient. If your windows aren’t double-paned, it is highly suggested to think about replacement windows. If replacement windows aren’t in your budget, start with a quick look at the caulk around your windows. Window maintenance may help decrease outdoor noises too.
It is also normal where the outdoors may not be your problem; a lot of apartment buildings have bare, thin walls. If the bothersome sound is coming from inside of your building or home, taking action to decrease the sound coming through the wall can be an aesthetically appealing fix on a budget. Just like curtains, there are ways to experience results on a budget with many DIY choices. Whether you desire a pop of color or a simple backdrop, the sound reducing addition can act as a design element as well. Get creative and add a piece of your uniqueness into blocking sound. If you love reading, build a large book case and decrease sound by using your collection of novels.
For more pointers on how to handle unwanted noise, contact Pella Windows and Doors at (413) 561-7599, or come to our West Springfield showroom to chat with our Pella pros.* Sound control glass has either dissimilar glass thickness (e.g. 3mm/5mm glass) or has laminated glass.