Tips to Tackle Outside Noise
Unless you live in the countryside with your closest neighbors more than a mile, you could have nights where you don’t sleep soundly because of all of the outside noise. Whether it is from dogs barking or street noise, there are many ways to dilute the sound and get a peaceful night of sleep.
If you are not in the market for replacement windows, curtains that diminish sound may be a cheaper option. The correct curtains can help drown out noise on a budget. With a host of ways to do it yourself, you can sleep better and save money at the same time. Most stores also sell curtains that help block out light and lessen the noises around you. You’ll learn to appreciate this in loud cities on nights where you are home after a long night or trying to unwind.
Replacement windows can also be a good idea. You may experience unexpected results that won’t require you to use headphones or ear plugs to get some rest 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 invest in replacement windows. If replacement windows aren’t in your budget, start with a checkup on the caulk around your windows. Window maintenance could help muffle outdoor noises too.
It is also normal where the outdoors may not be your issue; many apartment buildings have bare, thin walls. If the bothersome sound is coming from inside of your building or home, taking action to reduce 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 choices. Whether you are thinking a pop of color or a simple backdrop, the sound reducing addition can act as a design element as well. Get creative and add a piece of your uniqueness into blocking sound. If you love reading, create a large book case and damper the sound by using your collection of novels.
For more ideas on how to lessen unwanted noise, contact Pella Windows and Doors at 208-726-0060, or come to our Ketchum showroom to chat with our Pella pros.* Sound control glass has either dissimilar glass thickness (e.g. 3mm/5mm glass) or has laminated glass.