Guide to Preventing Noise Pollution in the House

Sakera Patel S

The idea of living in an uninterrupted bubble of silence may seem like pure bliss, but let’s face it; you cannot fully get rid of the noise, you can only prevent it. You don’t have to succumb to the noise of everyday life, or give up on enjoying peace and quiet altogether!

By following these seven tips for preventing noise pollution in your home, you can make sure that your quality of life doesn’t suffer just because you live in the real world.

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Let’s take a look at some simple changes you can make to reduce noise pollution in your home.

Soundproof Your Doors

If you have a noisy neighbor, there’s not much you can do except call your landlord or apartment manager and hope they take care of it. But if it’s soundproof doors making all that noise—instead of people moving around upstairs—there are a few things you can do.

The easiest way is with insulation: if there’s an air gap between your door and its frame, use some foam board or Styrofoam (or even old newspapers) to fill it up.

Use Interior Walls

Using interior walls is a great way to prevent noise pollution. The best way is soundproofing, but you can also achieve a good effect by simply covering your interior walls with furniture or paintings, thus creating acoustic barriers between different parts of your home.

Seal Cracks and Openings

Another way to prevent noise pollution is by sealing cracks and openings. This might seem like a small thing, but your house can lose a lot of sound through tiny openings. If you notice any drafts or noise coming from such places as attics or wall air conditioners, use sealant around them.

You can also purchase self-adhesive weather stripping that helps prevent drafty areas from letting out sound while not sacrificing comfort by keeping heat and cool air from escaping.

Put Up Curtains

Depending on how exposed your windows are, you may want to consider putting up some thick curtains or drapes that will help prevent noise from getting through.

Although soundproofing is often expensive and can be a complicated DIY project, it’s worth thinking about if you live in an apartment building or by a major road. If investing in soundproofing is out of your budget, try some thicker curtains as an affordable way to make a difference.

Get Rid of Old Appliances That Make Noise

It’s common for old appliances and other items that may be malfunctioned. When they break, they tend to get louder. As you can imagine, replacing or repairing these devices can be time-consuming and expensive. To prevent noise pollution in your home, it may be best just to get rid of them before things go downhill!

Cover Up Surfaces

A lot of noise pollution comes from sound waves that bounce off hard surfaces. The best way to reduce noise pollution is by using soft materials on your walls and ceilings—think acoustic panels, rugs, and curtains. You can even hang up a blanket for a quick fix (and it works!).

Get Double Glazed Windows

The most effective way to prevent noise pollution is through double-glazed windows. These windows have a thermal barrier between two pieces of glass, so outside noises will be blocked from getting inside.

The bonus is that these windows insulate your home and keep it cooler in summer and warmer in winter, saving you energy costs as well!

In Summary

There are a variety of ways you can reduce noise pollution in your home. From soundproofing your walls, to simply keeping your phone on silent (do not leave it on vibrate!).

The key is to keep noise at bay whenever possible. Having a plan and knowing how you’re going to tackle these problems before they arise will lead you down a quieter path.

Also remember; that if you want to sell your home someday, any improvements to the aesthetics or sound reduction will be a positive addition.


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