How to Increase Soundproofing for Windows in Jackson
Your Jackson home should be a calming escape from the day-to-day grind. It’s hard to keep that in mind when you’re dealing with unwelcome sound from the world outside.
Maybe you can’t sleep in because your neighbor’s loud dog is always up early. Or maybe annoying traffic sounds are interrupting an afternoon set aside for reading.
All that external noise isn’t just aggravating. It’s harmful to your well-being. From rising stress levels to interrupted sleep schedules, continued exposure to a lot of 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 daily lives of Americans. A study finished in 2017 by the Bureau of Transportation Statistics discovered 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 decrease 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 changing the foundation of your home. Try adding some heavy blackout curtains to dull noise. A rug on hardwood 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 doing much, you can try using more extreme soundproofing options. Soundproof curtains can help, 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 be sure 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 a few DIY answers that can help with noise cancellation, sometimes the best investment is new windows. They’re a more long-term solution—and they’re a lot nicer looking than your other options.
With the Pella® Lifestyle Series, multiple panes of glass place 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 an additional advantage in energy efficiency. While adding curtains or sealing gaps can also give you a hand in keeping energy costs low, 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 Jackson 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 307-733-0535 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.