Noise pollution is a common problem that most people face on a day-to-day basis, even at their homes. What’s worse, it affects human health and well-being negatively. Health complications relating to it include stress, hearing loss, high blood pressure, distraction, sleep loss, and making people vulnerable to forgetfulness. These are definitely among the reasons why we hate loud noises so much.
However, it is easy to complain about it. But in most cases, that won’t make it go away. You have to find a way to fix it. And speaking of setting it, you can block out the noise getting into your home by soundproofing your home. It will, at least, prevent it from invading your home that would end up causing you so much discomfort. You are supposed to be relaxing in tranquillity at home not worrying about loud noise coming from neighbours, pedestrians, or construction sites nearby.
And do you know that cheap soundproofing your home will increase its value? It will! People like the serenity that well-soundproofed homes provide. Because of the peacefulness it gives, the cost will increase substantially. That is how crucial to proper living soundproofing is.
So, if you are not in a house with very thick walls in a remote part of the countryside; here are five ways on how to soundproof your home to block out the noise.
Soundproof The Windows
The best way to soundproofing your window will be to replace the existing window with double or triple panelled glass acoustical window. Or you could add another interior window. It could reduce the decibel level up to 70 per cent, but these are expensive.
A less expensive or cheaper option will be to use acoustic sealants. I do not recommend the use of window foams also called window plugs: they block out light from getting into your home. Also, you can use noise blocking window films or interior, or acrylic glass sheets.
Soundproof The Floors
Before you make plans to soundproof your apartment floor, you should decide if it is going to be permanent or temporary. Those who live in rented apartments or houses cannot make permanent floor soundproofing unless they get the approval of their landlords.
There are many options to take if you want to do it. Naked floors are more accessible to soundproof. However, that does not mean that other floor types cannot be soundproofed as well. They can! Interlocking floor mat, Acoustic floor underlayment, carpet padding, and noise-proofing compounds are some of the options to choose.
Use Soundproof Foams
You need something to absorb the echoes in the room. Soundproof foams play that unique role. Since it incorporates the sound waves that hit it, it prevents the waves from going to other places and amplifies, causing noise pollution. You need this because of the noise generated in your house. They need to be absorbed, even when sound is prevented from getting in.
Some of the soundproof foams you could use are Foamily Acoustic Studio foams, Charcoal Acoustic Pyramid Studio foam, and Auralex Acoustics Sonoflat Acoustic Absorption Foam.
Soundproof The Doors
You can start by correcting any partial door gaps. First, you have to check for any discrepancies and then caulk it up. After you have done that, you should add door sweeps. You can install it by screwing it to the bottom of the doors. And then put a rug in the entryway to your house.
If you decide to alter the surface, you should use acoustics drapes. You can also install foam tiles or a mass loaded vinyl barrier (MLV). These are some of the options you can use, including getting a new one.
Use Soundproof Curtains
The use of soundproof curtains is needed to block out noise getting into your house. If you want to use soundproof curtains, you should go for the best ones that are efficient at blocking out intruding sound waves or noise. It would help if you looked at massive blackout or heavy winter curtains. Make sure the curtains you got are drapes or curtains that are heavyweight and pleated. It will double or triple the noise reduction compared to flat out windows
These are five efficient ways on how to soundproof your house. You could get the help of a friend if you are on a budget.