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How to Increase Soundproofing for Windows in Edmonton

How to Increase Soundproofing for Windows in Edmonton

Your Edmonton home is meant to 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 stay in bed because your neighbor’s talkative dog is an early riser. Or maybe irritating traffic sounds are bothering an afternoon set aside for reading.

All that exterior noise isn’t just bothersome. It’s detrimental to your well-being. From rising stress levels to ruined sleep schedules, continued exposure to excessive 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 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 Reduce Outdoor Noise in My House?

If you want to dampen 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 create 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 decrease noise. A rug on wood floors can stop sound waves and prevent echoing. Wall hangings—like art or tapestries—can be useful too. And these items are uncomplicated to install. Read more from a design expert here.
  • Add Soundproof Curtains.

    If other measures just aren’t cutting it, you can try using more drastic 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 be sure it’s a perfect fit to stop noise pollution. You can also cover the windows in your home with soundproof blankets or sound-blocking acoustic panels, but you will no longer have 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 lasting 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 around you. 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 equal 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 hearing unwanted noise from outside your home, Pella of Edmonton can help. We’ll walk you through your window selections to reduce sound and help you find the solution that works for your home. Give us a call at 780-439-9344 or stop by our Pella Showroom.

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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.

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