Home Soundproofing Tips

Home soundproofing becomes more necessary as the world around us becomes louder. From traffic noise to yard equipment, noise disturbs the sense of peace in your home and makes it hard to sleep. Fortunately, good solutions exist: from air sealing and wall insulation to window inserts and acoustic panels. Such techniques for how to soundproof a home can make your space quiet and comfortable. (So the nearby train doesn’t sound like it’s in your living room!)

How can I soundproof my home?

  1. Soundproof your home from outside noise
  2. Soundproof a home from inside noise
  3. Get help from home soundproofing experts
  4. Set your soundproofing expectations
  5. Start your home project
 

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1. How to Soundproof a Home from Outside Noise

Noise can penetrate doors, walls, ceilings and other openings in your house. How does this work? Sound is energy that’s created when something vibrates. Strum a guitar and the vibrating strings make the surrounding air molecules vibrate too. That sound energy then travels outward and penetrate solids.

Insulated walls block sound better than uninsulated walls. A solid wood door transmits less sound than a hollow one. One key principle: if air can penetrate through the cracks in your home, sound can too. So effective seals and gaskets around doors and windows are important noise barriers.

Windows are typically the primary entry point. Noise travels easily through glass. It also enters through the many cracks in a window frame (as do cold drafts.) Insulating your windows against sound isn’t as difficult as you may think. Was your home built before 1950? There’s a good chance you have single-pane windows, which allow more noise to enter your space than new double-panes. But even new double-pane windows can let in a lot of noise. Don’t worry: window noise reduction is within reach.

 

2. How to Soundproof a Home from Inside Noise

Noise coming from inside your own home can bounce and reverberate against walls, floors, and windows. Home soundproofing can help with this as well. Reducing hard surfaces by adding soft furniture, area rugs, and hanging things on walls will reduce echoing. Indow inserts are made of acrylic which reverberates less than glass, and absorbs more sound.

 

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3. Get Help From Home Soundproofing Experts

Now, what if your noise problem stems from neighbors upstairs or downstairs? How can you soundproof a home when you share walls with the noise? It can involve building drop ceilings and floating floors. If you have the budget, consider hiring an acoustical consultant to assess your noise situation. A good resource is the National Council of Acoustical Consultants.

 

4. Home Soundproofing Solutions

If outside noise is your main problem, you can soundproof your house or apartment several ways. Caulk cracks in your window frames, install heavy, sound-damping curtains or use window inserts to reduce 50 to 70%* of the noise as well as block drafts to lower energy bills. Insulating your walls and ceiling also helps. Once you reduce the sound coming through the windows of your house or apartment, absorb noise in the room to improve acoustics, with everything from upholstered furniture to acoustic panels.

Keep in mind not all noise is the same. Insulating your windows against sound will work best for higher frequency noises like honking horns, sirens and squeaking brakes. But lower frequency noises like the thumping bass of a passing car or the rumble of a powerful motorcycle can penetrate walls. Lower frequency noise damping is more tricky.

Set your expectations: you may not be able to completely soundproof your home. But you can reduce the noise to make it a more comfortable place to relax.

 

5. Set Your Home Soundproofing Expectations

Keep in mind not all noise is the same. Insulating your windows against sound will work best for higher frequency noises like honking horns, sirens and squeaking brakes. But lower frequency noises like the thumping bass of a passing car or the rumble of a powerful motorcycle can penetrate walls. Lower frequency noise damping is more tricky.

Set your expectations: you may not be able to completely soundproof your home. But you can reduce the noise to make it a more comfortable place to relax. Visit our STC rating page to learn more about sound ratings and their limitations.

 

How to Soundproof a Home

Use this quick list to get started with your home soundproofing project:

  • Caulk cracks in window frames
  • Install sound-damping curtains
  • Install window inserts or storm windows
  • Absorb noise with upholstered furniture & acoustic panels
 

Learn more about how to soundproof a home here.

*We want to ensure our inserts help solve your noise problem. Overall noise reduction depends on the amount of noise coming through your walls, ceilings, floors, doors, and existing windows. Noise reduction will be less when placed over double-pane windows. Read our full Noise Reduction Sheet to learn more.

 
Indow is fully operational making window inserts that bring comfort and quiet to your home and work spaces. Our production team is using Clean Manufacturing principles we have developed to keep them safe. No one needs to enter your home to measure or install our inserts. We ship a self-service measure kit (sanitized between each use) and deliver the inserts to your door. Just pull the insert from the box and they are ready for installation. We look forward to serving you.
 
 
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