Your Mt. Pleasant home is meant to be a nice escape from the daily grind. It’s hard to keep that in mind when you’re dealing with unwanted sound from the world outside of your home.
Maybe you can’t get well rested because your neighbor’s loud dog is an early riser. Or maybe aggravating traffic sounds are interrupting an afternoon spent reading.
All that external noise isn’t just bothersome. It’s detrimental to your well-being. From rising stress levels to ruined sleep schedules, continued exposure to loud 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 normal lives of Americans. A study completed 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 Reduce Outdoor Noise in My House?
If you want to decrease the noise in your home, there are a number of soundproofing options you can try on your own. From window treatments to creating a cover, here’s what you can do yourself to produce a quieter environment.
Try New Interior Design.
You can make a big difference without modifying the foundation of your home. Try adding some heavy blackout curtains to dampen noise. A rug on hardwood floors can stop sound waves and prevent echoing. Wall hangings—like art or tapestries—can be useful too. And these items are uncomplicated to install. Read more from a design expert here.
Add Soundproof Curtains.
If other measures just aren’t doing much, you can try using more drastic soundproofing solutions. Soundproof curtains can work, but they’re heavy and can be difficult to handle. 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 stop noise pollution. You can also block out 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 some DIY responses that can help with noise reduction, sometimes the better investment is new windows. They’re a more lasting solution—and they’re a lot nicer to look at than your other options.
With the Pella® Lifestyle Series, multiple panes of glass create a barrier between your home and the noise around your home. And with performance options that reduce 52% more sound than single-pane windows, you’ll be able to relax better than ever before.2
Other than 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 from climbing, very few solutions can match 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 dealing with unwanted noise from outside your home, Pella of Mt. Pleasant can help. We’ll walk you through your window options to reduce sound and help you find the solution that works for your home. Give us a call at 989-317-2558 or stop by our Pella Showroom.
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.