Your Bloomington home should be a nice escape from the everyday grind. It’s hard to embrace that when you’re dealing with unwanted sound from the world outside of your home.
Maybe you can’t get well rested because your neighbor’s loud dog is an early riser. Or maybe aggravating traffic sounds are bothering an afternoon set aside for reading.
All that exterior noise isn’t just bothersome. It’s damaging to your well-being. From rising stress levels to ruined sleep schedules, prolonged exposure to excessive 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 completed in 2017 by the Bureau of Transportation Statistics learned 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 Space?
If you want to dampen the noise in your home, there are an assortment of soundproofing possibilities you can try on your own. From window treatments to creating a cover, here’s what you can do yourself to generate a quieter environment.
Try New Interior Design.
You can make a large difference without changing the foundation of your home. Try adding some hefty blackout curtains to decrease noise. A rug on wood floors can block sound waves and prevent echoing. Wall hangings—like art or tapestries—can make a difference too. And these items are easy 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 tools. Soundproof curtains can make a difference, but they’re heavy and can be difficult to use. 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 stop noise pollution. You can also protect 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 some DIY answers that can help with noise dampening, sometimes the better investment is new windows. They’re a more long-term solution—and they’re a lot nicer to look at than your other options.
With the Pella® Lifestyle Series, multiple panes of glass make 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
Beyond 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 stand up to 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 Bloomington 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 309-663-7132 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.