How to Increase Soundproofing for Windows in Plattsburgh
Your Plattsburgh home is meant to be a relaxing escape from the daily grind. It’s hard to remember when you’re dealing with undesirable sound from the world around you.
Maybe you can’t sleep in because your neighbor’s loud dog is an early riser. Or maybe irritating traffic sounds are disturbing an afternoon set aside for reading.
All that exterior noise isn’t just annoying. It’s detrimental to your well-being. From climbing stress levels to ruined sleep schedules, extensive 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 sound can do to your health? It’s a major prevalence in the normal lives of Americans. A study done 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 Decrease Outdoor Noise in My Space?
If you want to dampen the noise in your home, there are a variety 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 altering the foundation of your home. Try adding some weighty blackout curtains to decrease noise. A rug on bare floors can stop sound waves and prevent echoing. Wall hangings—like art or tapestries—can be useful too. And these items are simple 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 extreme soundproofing solutions. 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 home’s window with a soundproofing kit—but you need to double check it’s a perfect fit to stop noise pollution. You can also block out 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 some DIY responses that can help with noise dampening, sometimes the better 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 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
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 dealing with unwanted noise from outside your home, Pella of Plattsburgh 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 518-310-2118 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.