Your El Paso home is supposed to be a nice escape from the day-to-day grind. It’s hard to keep that in mind when you’re dealing with unwanted sound from the world outside.
Maybe you can’t stay in bed because your neighbor’s talkative dog is always up early. Or maybe aggravating traffic sounds are disturbing an afternoon devoted to reading.
All that outside noise isn’t just bothersome. It’s harmful to your well-being. From increasing stress levels to ruined sleep schedules, extensive exposure to loud noise can have real health effects. And that’s not even acknowledging the damage it can do to your hearing.
What’s even worse than what harmful noise can do to your health? It’s a major prevalence in the everyday lives of Americans. A study done 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 House?
If you want to decrease the noise in your home, there are a number of soundproofing possibilities 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 altering the foundation of your home. Try adding some hefty blackout curtains to decrease noise. A rug on bare floors can stop sound waves and prevent echoing. Wall hangings—like art or tapestries—can help too. And these items are uncomplicated 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 drastic soundproofing solutions. Soundproof curtains can help, but they’re heavy and can be difficult to maneuver. You can also add a glass sound barrier to your existing window with a soundproofing kit—but you need to make sure it’s a perfect fit to block out noise pollution. You can also cover the windows in your home with soundproof blankets or sound-blocking acoustic panels, but you won’t be able to use your windows for a view and sunlight.
What Can Pella Do to Help?
While there are one or two DIY solutions that can help with noise reduction, 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 create 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
Other than 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 from climbing, 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 El Paso 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 915-213-1497 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.