If you are a homeowner, you likely consider your home to be your sanctuary. However, your home might not feel as safe and comfortable if you can constantly hear the sounds of the street or of your neighbor's kids screaming. This can be very frustrating due to the fact that it might disrupt your sleep if you should hear a police officer goe by with sirens blaring at night. You might have a hard time concentrating while you work from home if the neighborhood kids are having a particularly rowdy game of tag. One thing that you can do to help solve this problem is to improve the sound insulation of your windows. Here are some tips.
1. Invest in Secondary Windows
The first thing that you should consider are secondary windows. These windows are installed so that they are directly overlapping the current windows that you have now. These multiple panes will help block out sound, as well as increase your home's energy efficiency and general insulation level. You could also replace windows that are old or are broken with multi-paned windows that have the sound insulating windows blocked in already.
2. Use Expanding Sealer Foam
If you don't think that you can afford to get new windows at this time, you should check your windows and window frames for gaps. You can do this by taking soapy water and spraying it onto the window and window frame. Then, go outside and use a fan to blow air through the window. Go back inside and see where the soap is moving around. This is where you have gaps in your windows and window frames. If you find any of these areas, you can feel confident that they are allowing sound into your home. To fix these areas, use sealer foam that expands to automatically fill the space that you put it in.
3. Add Furniture and Rugs
Finally, take a thick rug and put it against the wall that is facing the street or the yard of the kids whose noise is bothering you. This will help absorb and dampen the sounds. If you have a couch in the room where you are being bothered by sound, push this up against the wall. This will also help absorb some of the sound. Performing both of these actions will help reduce how much sound is coming through your walls and hitting your eardrums.
For more information, talk to a company that specializes in replacement windows.