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 soundly because of all of the sounds of the city. Whether it is from dogs barking or street sounds, there are a number of ways to dilute the sound and get a better night of sleep.
If you are not in the market for replacement windows, sound reducing curtains might be a more cost effective route. The correct curtains can help decrease noise on a budget. With a variety of ways to do it yourself, you can sleep well and save money at the same time. Most stores also carry curtains that help block out light and muffle the noises around you. You’ll appreciate this in loud cities on nights where you are home sick or trying to unwind.
Replacement windows can also be a good idea. You can notice great results that won’t require you to use headphones or ear plugs to go to sleep 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 checkup on the caulk around your windows. Window maintenance could help muffle outdoor noises too.
It is also common where the outdoors may not be your issue; a lot of apartment buildings have bare, thin walls. If the bothersome sound is coming from inside of your building or home, taking action to decrease the sound coming through the wall can be an aesthetically appealing answer on a budget. Just like curtains, there are ways to see results on a budget with many DIY options. 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 reduce sound by using your collection of novels.
For more ideas on how to lessen unwanted noise, contact Pella Windows and Doors at 780-439-9344, or come to our Edmonton showroom to talk with our Pella experts.* Sound control glass has either dissimilar glass thickness (e.g. 3mm/5mm glass) or has laminated glass.