How to Increase Soundproofing for Windows in Mankato
Your Mankato home is meant to be a nice escape from the day-to-day grind. It’s hard to keep that in mind when you’re dealing with unwelcome sound from the world outside.
Maybe you can’t get well rested because your neighbor’s noisy dog is an early riser. Or maybe aggravating traffic sounds are disturbing an afternoon devoted to reading.
All that external noise isn’t just bothersome. It’s damaging to your well-being. From climbing stress levels to interrupted sleep schedules, continued exposure to loud noise can have real health effects. And don’t forget the damage it can do to your hearing.
What’s even worse than what harmful sound can do to your health? It’s a major prevalence in the normal lives of Americans. A study finished in 2017 by the Bureau of Transportation Statistics found that 97% of the U.S. population is exposed to harmful levels of noise.1
What Can I Do to Decrease Outdoor Noise in My House?
If you want to decrease the noise in your home, there are a number of soundproofing solutions you can try on your own. From window treatments to implementing a cover, here’s what you can do yourself to produce a quieter environment.
Try New Interior Design.You can make a large difference without modifying the foundation of your home. Try adding some heavy blackout curtains to dampen noise. A rug on wood floors can absorb sound waves and prevent echoing. Wall hangings—like art or tapestries—can help too. And these items are simple to install. Read more from a design expert here.
Add Soundproof Curtains.If other measures just aren’t making a difference, you can try using more extreme soundproofing options. Soundproof curtains can work, but they’re heavy and can be difficult to maneuver. You can also add a glass sound barrier to your home’s window with a soundproofing kit—but you need to make sure it’s a perfect fit to block out noise pollution. You can also protect the windows in your home with soundproof blankets or sound-blocking acoustic panels, but you will lose use of your windows for a view and sunlight.
What Can Pella Do to Help?
While there are one or two DIY answers that can help with noise cancellation, sometimes the best investment is new windows. They’re a more permanent solution—and they’re a lot nicer looking than your other options.
With the Pella® Lifestyle Series, multiple panes of glass make a barrier between your home and the noise outside. And with performance options that reduce 52% more sound than single-pane windows, you’ll be able to relax better than ever before.2
Besides 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 low, 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 working with unwanted noise from outside your home, Pella of Mankato 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 507-625-6933 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.