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How to Increase Soundproofing for Windows in Des Moines

How to Increase Soundproofing for Windows in Des Moines

Your Des Moines home is meant to be a nice escape from the day-to-day grind. It’s hard to keep that in mind when you’re dealing with unwelcome sound from the world outside.

Maybe you can’t get well rested because your neighbor’s noisy dog is always up early. Or maybe irritating traffic sounds are interrupting an afternoon spent reading.

All that outside noise isn’t just bothersome. It’s harmful to your well-being. From rising stress levels to ruined sleep schedules, extensive exposure to excessive noise can have real health effects. And not to mention the damage it can do to your hearing.

What’s even worse than what harmful noise can do to your health? It’s a major prevalence in the daily lives of Americans. A study finished in 2017 by the Bureau of Transportation Statistics learned that 97% of the U.S. population is exposed to harmful levels of noise.1

What Can I Do to Decrease Outdoor Noise in My Space?

If you want to reduce the noise in your home, there are an assortment of soundproofing possibilities you can try on your own. From window treatments to implementing a cover, here’s what you can do yourself to generate a quieter environment.

  • Try New Interior Design.

    You can make a big difference without changing the foundation of your home. Try adding some weighty blackout curtains to dampen noise. A rug on hardwood floors can block sound waves and prevent echoing. Wall hangings—like art or tapestries—can make a difference too. And these items are simple to install. Read more from a design expert here.
  • Add Soundproof Curtains.

    If other measures just aren’t making a difference, you can try using more drastic soundproofing solutions. Soundproof curtains can make a difference, but they’re heavy and can be difficult to use. You can also add a glass sound barrier to your home’s window with a soundproofing kit—but you need to double check it’s a perfect fit to keep out noise pollution. You can also protect the windows in your home with soundproof blankets or sound-blocking acoustic panels, but you won’t be able to use your windows for a view and sunlight.

What Can Pella Do to Help?

While there are one or two DIY solutions that can help with noise cancellation, sometimes the smart investment is new windows. They’re a more lasting solution—and they’re a lot more stylish than your other options.

With the Pella® Lifestyle Series, multiple panes of glass place a barrier between your home and the noise around you. And with performance options that reduce 52% more sound than single-pane windows, you’ll be able to relax better than ever before.2

Besides its soundproofing ability, our windows offer another advantage in energy efficiency. While adding curtains or sealing gaps can also give you a hand in keeping energy costs down, very few solutions can equal the Pella Lifestyle Series. In fact, the Pella Lifestyle Series has an option that is on average 83% more energy efficient than single-pane windows.3

If you’re tired of hearing unwanted noise from outside your home, Pella of Des Moines can help. We’ll walk you through your window selections to reduce sound and help you find the solution that works for your home. Give us a call at 515-219-7723 or stop by our Pella Showroom.

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1 Bureau of Transportation Statistics, 2017.
2Reduction in sound based on OITC ratings of Pella Lifestyle Series windows with respective performance package compared to a single-pane wood or vinyl window with an OITC of 19. Calculated by using the sound transmission loss values in the 80 to 4000 Hz range as measured in accordance with ASTM E-90(09). Actual results may vary.
3Window energy efficiency calculated in a computer simulation using RESFEN 6.0 default parameters for a 2000-square-foot new construction single-story home when Pella Lifestyle Series windows with the respective performance package are compared to a single-pane wood or vinyl window. The energy efficiency and actual savings will vary by location. The average window energy efficiency is based on a national average of 94 modeled cities across the country and weighting based on population. For more details see pella.com/methodology.

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