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 well because of all of the outside noise. Whether it is from dogs barking or street noise, there are a number of ways to lessen the sound and get a better night of sleep.
If you are not looking in to replacement windows, curtains that muffle sound might be a more cost effective option. The correct curtains can help decrease 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 have 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 might 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 options for noise control, with the added positive outcome of energy efficient performance. 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 could help decrease 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 action to decrease 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 desire 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 individuality into blocking sound. If you love reading, make a large book case and damper the sound by using your collection of novels.
For more ideas on how to handle unwanted noise, contact Pella Windows and Doors at 812-234-0729, or come to our Terre Haute showroom to chat with our Pella professionals.* Sound control glass has either dissimilar glass thickness (e.g. 3mm/5mm glass) or has laminated glass.