After a long day of work, you sure want some peace and quiet in the comfort of your home. However, today’s neighbourhoods can be anything but quiet. Noise can come from traffic, the air conditioner, active kids in the backyard, barking dogs or your neighbour’s construction.
The noise can become so loud that it disturbs normal processes such as sleep, relaxation and communication. Without knowing it, you may even be the noisy neighbour. Here are a few easy steps to lessen the noise:
1. Find the Entry Points
Noise can pass through openings to enter your home. To reduce constant noises such as street noise, shut the entry points.
Look at wall openings and cracks on windows and doors. If the seal around the windows isn’t solid, it will not help limit the noise.
The same goes for a door not fastened correctly, especially at the bottom. As a remedy, replace the window frame altogether or improve the seal with caulking or weatherstripping.
2. Add Padding to Your Walls
The walls and ceilings are where you need sound attenuation or reduction the most. Put a solid wall or perforated plasterboards for that sound absorbing capacity. Rather than using hardwood or tile, select soft materials such as acoustic ceilings and padded carpeting.
This step may cost you a little more. For it to be effective, take care of the leaks first. Look for insulation products that are suitable for your house.
3. Cut Down on Noisemakers
This doesn’t mean telling your kids to be quiet or resorting to handing over your tablet to keep them occupied, but those can help as well. What it means is choosing quieter appliances. Manufacturers recognise that silent appliance operation gives comfort, so they offer newer models with this characteristic.
The ultimate secret to soundproofing your home is to identify the source of noise. After that, simply follow the three practical steps mentioned and enjoy a quieter and more relaxing home.