After a long day at work, you settle into your living room for a moment of quiet but hear traffic from the street below. Or maybe noise from the bar across the street. Or conversations on the sidewalk. You wish you had noise-reducing windows.
Noise is becoming a public health concern as our cities grow increasingly dense. The world’s urban population is going to more than double over the next roughly 100 years, according to the New York University Stern Urbanization Project.
Noise like that can make it hard for your mind to quiet down. But more importantly, researchers are beginning to understand that noise contributes to cardiovascular disease.
If you live near a road, you’re at risk for hypertension and heart attack, said Rick Neitzel, assistant professor of Environmental Health Sciences at the University of Michigan School of Public Health. Public officials used to blame air pollution. Now they’re realizing most air pollution has noise associated with it.
So for health reasons, it’s important to make your space as quiet as possible.
The good news is that noise reducing windows are easy to create. If the noise is coming through your windows, one way you can dampen it is with Acoustic Grade window inserts. They block outside noise penetrating single-pane windows by 70 percent. You will get a 50 percent reduction in the noise coming through double-pane windows. It works better than replacing your windows and is much easier: they inserts just press into place.
Even if you can sleep through the noise, your cardiovascular system doesn’t get used to it, Neitzel noted in a co-authored Environmental Health Perspectives report. A person’s sympathetic nervous system still reacts and they can be forced from a deep sleep to a lighter stage.
So make your bedroom as quiet as possible to get that good, healthy sleep. Learn more about the basics of soundproofing your windows.
*Please note the 70% sound deadening performance is based on tests where Indow Acoustic Grade inserts were placed over operable single-pane windows. When placed over operable double-pane windows, Acoustic Grade inserts reduce noise by up to 12 dBA, equivalent to a 50%+ reduction in noise and an STC rating of 42 to 45. Overall sound reduction depends on sound coming through your ceiling, floors, walls and doors. Indow inserts are not recommended to reduce noise coming through laminated double- or triple-pane windows.