Tips to Tackle Outside Noise
Unless you live in the countryside with your closest neighbors over a mile, you could 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 many ways to lessen the sound and get a restful night of sleep.
If you are not in the market for replacement windows, curtains that muffle sound can be a more affordable option. The correct curtains can help decrease noise on a budget. With a host of ways to do it yourself, you can sleep soundly and save money at the same time. Most stores also have curtains that help block out light and dim the noises around you. You can 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 choice. You can see 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 also being energy efficient. 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 muffle outdoor noises too.
It is also normal where the outdoors may not be your concern; quite a few 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 fix 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 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 tackle unwanted noise, contact Pella Windows and Doors at 217-423-7722, or come to our Decatur showroom to speak with our Pella professionals.* Sound control glass has either dissimilar glass thickness (e.g. 3mm/5mm glass) or has laminated glass.