Your Kalamazoo home should be a calming escape from the everyday 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 talkative dog is an early riser. Or maybe annoying traffic sounds are disturbing an afternoon spent reading.
All that outside noise isn’t just aggravating. It’s damaging to your well-being. From increasing stress levels to broken sleep schedules, continued exposure to a lot of 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 daily lives of Americans. A study completed 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 Lessen Outdoor Noise in My Space?
If you want to reduce the noise in your home, there are a variety of soundproofing options you can try on your own. From window treatments to making a cover, here’s what you can do yourself to produce a quieter environment.
Try New Interior Design.
You can make an incredible difference without changing the foundation of your home. Try adding some weighty blackout curtains to dull noise. A rug on bare floors can stop sound waves and prevent echoing. Wall hangings—like art or tapestries—can be useful 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 radical soundproofing options. Soundproof curtains can work, but they’re heavy and can be difficult to use. You can also add a glass sound barrier to your home’s window with a soundproofing kit—but you need to be 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 some DIY answers that can help with noise dampening, sometimes the better investment is new windows. They’re a more permanent solution—and they’re a lot more stylish than your other options.
With the Pella® Lifestyle Series, multiple panes of glass make a barrier between your home and the noise around your home. And with performance options that reduce 52% more sound than single-pane windows, you’ll be able to relax better than ever before.2
Beyond its soundproofing ability, our windows offer one more advantage in energy efficiency. While adding curtains or sealing gaps can also give you a hand in keeping energy costs down, very few solutions can stand up to 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 dealing with unwanted noise from outside your home, Pella of Kalamazoo can help. We’ll walk you through your window choices to reduce sound and help you find the solution that works for your home. Give us a call at 269-215-4157 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.