Tips To Tackle Outside Noise

Tips to Tackle Outside Noise

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Unless you live in the countryside with your closest neighbors more than a mile, you may have nights where you don’t sleep the greatest because of all of the sounds outside. Whether it is from dogs barking or street sounds, there are a number of ways to dilute the sound and get a restful night of sleep.

If you are not looking in to replacement windows, curtains that muffle sound might be a cheaper option. The right curtains can help decrease noise on a budget. With many ways to do it yourself, you can sleep well and save money at the same time. Most stores also have curtains that help block out light and muffle the noises around you. You can appreciate this in loud cities on nights where you are home sick or trying to unwind.

Replacement windows can also be a good option. You might see unexpected results that won’t require you to use headphones or ear plugs to fall asleep every night. Double or triple-paned windows with sound control glass* are good bets for noise control, with the added positive outcome of energy efficient performance. If your windows aren’t double-paned, it is highly suggested to consider replacement windows. If replacement windows aren’t in your budget, start with a check on the caulk around your windows. Window maintenance can help reduce outdoor noises too.

It is also normal where the outdoors may not be your problem; many apartment buildings have bare, thin walls. If the bothersome sound is coming from inside of your building or home, taking measures to muffle the sound coming through the wall can be an aesthetically appealing solution on a budget. Just like curtains, there are ways to experience results on a budget with many DIY options. Whether you are thinking a pop of color or a simple backdrop, the sound reducing addition can also be used as a design element as well. Get creative and add a piece of your uniqueness into blocking sound. If you love reading, make a large book case and reduce sound by using your collection of novels.

For more pointers on how to tackle unwanted noise, contact Pella Windows and Doors at 515-219-7723, or come to our Des Moines showroom to chat with our Pella pros.

* Sound control glass has either dissimilar glass thickness (e.g. 3mm/5mm glass) or has laminated glass.