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 outside. Whether it is from dogs barking or street sounds, there are a number of ways to dilute the sound and get a restful night of sleep.
If you are not looking in to replacement windows, sound reducing curtains may be a more affordable choice. The best curtains can help decrease noise on a budget. With a host of ways to do it yourself, you can sleep better and save money at the same time. Many stores also carry curtains that help block out light and lessen 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 could also be a good option. You can see great 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 options 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 consider 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 muffle outdoor noises too.
It is also common where the outdoors may not be your problem; a lot of apartment buildings have bare, thin walls. If the bothersome sound is coming from inside of your building or home, taking steps 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 opportunities. Whether you want 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 lifestyle into blocking sound. If you love reading, make a large book case and decrease sound by using your collection of novels.
For more tips on how to handle unwanted noise, contact Pella Windows and Doors at 507-625-6933, or come to our Mankato showroom to chat with our Pella professionals.* Sound control glass has either dissimilar glass thickness (e.g. 3mm/5mm glass) or has laminated glass.