Your Baltimore home is meant to be a nice escape from the daily grind. It’s hard to embrace that when you’re dealing with unwanted sound from the world around you.
Maybe you can’t stay in bed because your neighbor’s loud dog is an early bird. Or maybe annoying traffic sounds are disturbing an afternoon spent reading.
All that exterior noise isn’t just bothersome. It’s detrimental 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 not to mention 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 daily 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 Decrease Outdoor Noise in My Home?
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 creating a cover, here’s what you can do yourself to create a quieter environment.
Try New Interior Design.
You can make a big 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 make a difference too. And these items are simple to install. Read more from a design expert here.
Add Soundproof Curtains.
If other measures just aren’t doing much, 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 current window with a soundproofing kit—but you need to make sure it’s a perfect fit to block out noise pollution. You can also block out 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 a few DIY answers that can help with noise dampening, sometimes the best investment is new windows. They’re a more permanent solution—and they’re a lot nicer to look at than your other options.
With the Pella® Lifestyle Series, multiple panes of glass create 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
Other than 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 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 Baltimore 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 301-637-0762 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.