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Street Noise Reduction in the City

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Street Noise Reduction in the City2019-01-31T23:38:42+00:00

Even though Maggie and her partner Don had just bought their home, they were almost ready to sell it. Until they moved in, they didn’t realize just how much street noise would filter through their windows from the nearby Northeast Portland traffic and auto body shop. After three weeks, she knew she needed significant street noise reduction.

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Maggie slept with earplugs and still got woken up. The traffic noise was especially hard since their infant son Max needed his naps. The windows of the 1913 Craftsman also leaked air badly, scoring the lowest possible on an air leakage test. But replacing them wasn’t an option since the original wavy leaded glass was one reason Maggie and Don fell for the house.

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So the couple bought Indow window inserts for the first floor bedrooms, dining room and living room. Would quiet windows solve their problems?

Their quality of life improved dramatically with this traffic noise reduction strategy. The outside sound is so muffled it doesn’t wake her up. And she achieved energy efficiency without replacing her gorgeous windows. They no longer talk about moving.



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“Indow Windows have made a huge difference and the inserts are nearly invisible. They’re not like storm windows, they take just a second to pop out and pop back in and you don’t have to go outside.”

– Maggie Finnerty, Home Owner, Portland, Oregon.

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And while Indow inserts are sometimes referred to as interior storm windows, she doesn’t consider them that. In her old house, she had storm windows she never once took off. In her new house, when they burned something cooking, they easily removed the Indow inserts and opened all the windows to catch a fresh breeze.


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