Tips to Tackle Outside Noise
Unless you live in the countryside with your closest neighbors more than a mile, you might have nights where you don’t sleep well because of all of the sounds of the city. Whether it is from dogs barking or street noise, there are a variety of ways to decrease the sound and get a better night of sleep.
If you are not looking in to replacement windows, sound reducing curtains might be a more affordable choice. The right curtains can help decrease noise on a budget. With many ways to do it yourself, you can sleep soundly and save money at the same time. Many stores also carry curtains that help block out light and muffle the noises around you. You’ll appreciate this in loud cities on nights where you are home after a long night or trying to unwind.
Replacement windows may also be a good option. You might notice great 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 choices for noise control, with the added positive outcome of energy efficiency. If your windows aren’t double-paned, it is highly suggested to invest in replacement windows. If replacement windows aren’t in your budget, start with a checkup on the caulk around your windows. Window maintenance may help decrease outdoor noises too.
It is also normal where the outdoors may not be your issue; a lot of apartment buildings have bare, thin walls. If the bothersome sound is coming from inside of your building or home, taking steps to muffle the sound coming through the wall can be an aesthetically appealing fix on a budget. Just like curtains, there are ways to see 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 be a design element as well. Get creative and add a piece of your lifestyle into blocking sound. If you love reading, build a large book case and damper the sound by using your collection of novels.
For more pointers on how to handle unwanted noise, contact Pella Windows and Doors at 845-663-1025, or come to our Kingston showroom to chat with our Pella pros.* Sound control glass has either dissimilar glass thickness (e.g. 3mm/5mm glass) or has laminated glass.