We live in a noisy world and, as our population continues to explode, there’s no doubt that the problem of noise pollution will only get worse. Even so, there are ways to reduce the sound that makes its way into your home. If you value peace and quiet, try employing some of these tips to control the noise in and around your home.
Reduce Your Own Noise
One of the first thing you can do to cut down on the noise in your home is to look at the devices and appliances in your home. Everything from ceiling fans to dishwashers contribute to the noise level in the house. Fortunately, appliance manufacturers take this into account in designing newer models. By upgrading to higher end appliances, as your old devices wear out, you can already have an impact on the volume of noise in your home.
Line Your Rooms with Sound Absorbing Materials
You can invest in sound absorbing panels for your walls to improve the noise level in a given room. Additionally, acoustic ceiling tiles and padded carpeting can help keep exterior noises out. If you’re a musician, this can also improve the sound quality of your instruments, when you play. New advances have made these materials more effective than ever before, so this is an important step in protecting your home against noise pollution.
Change Your Doors
So, you’ve padded the walls, floors, and ceilings, but you’re still not satisfied with the amount of noise making its way into your home. That’s probably because most doors are hollow. Try replacing your doors with solid wood doors. They’re more expensive, but well worth the cost. A solid door will do a better job of bouncing sound back, instead of letting it pass into your home.
Take a Look at Your Windows, Too
Next up, examine your windows. Unless they’re newer replacement windows, they’re likely worn with cracks and crevices through which outdoor noises are passing. Adding weatherstripping can correct this problem and at a fraction of the cost of replacing the windows. Also, if you observe any visible cracks or holes, seal them up with a strong acoustical caulk sealant. When you are ready to replace your windows, look into switching to triple glass panes, so more noise will be blocked from the home.
This is a newer invention, so many people are unaware that it exists. This special paint actually absorbs noise, keeping it from passing into the room. It’s estimated to reduce noise levels by up to 30% under normal conditions. Combined with building materials that absorb sound, this type of paint can significantly reduce the noise in your home. Professional painters may be able to recommend a higher quality of product, as far as the options in selecting a sound absorbing paint.
These are but a few suggestions for making your home quieter. While the tech industry seeks to provide advanced resources to make our lives more convenient, better methods for soundproofing our homes may become available. In the meantime, investing in a better quality of building materials may be the best solution.