Tips to Tackle Outside Noise
Unless you live in the countryside with your closest neighbors more than a mile, you may have nights where you don’t sleep the greatest because of all of the sounds of the city. Whether it is from dogs barking or street gatherings, there are a variety of 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 can be a more cost effective route. The right curtains can help drown out noise on a budget. With a host of ways to do it yourself, you can sleep well and save money at the same time. Many stores also have curtains that help block out light and dim the noises around you. You’ll learn to appreciate this in loud cities on nights where you are home sick or trying to unwind.
Replacement windows can also be a good option. You can notice unexpected 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 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 may help muffle outdoor noises too.
It is also ordinary 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 answer on a budget. Just like curtains, there are ways to get 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 individuality into blocking sound. If you love reading, make a large book case and decrease sound by using your collection of novels.
For more ideas on how to handle unwanted noise, contact Pella Windows and Doors at 715-836-9301, or come to our Eau Claire showroom to talk with our Pella professionals.* Sound control glass has either dissimilar glass thickness (e.g. 3mm/5mm glass) or has laminated glass.