Noise infiltrating your home or office can affect your sleep, well-being and job performance. Windows are the most likely culprit for letting outside noise in, since sound vibrations pass easily through glass and any present cracks or holes. If sound from traffic, neighbors, barking dogs, HVAC and other machinery is invading your existing windows and disrupting your lifestyle, there are effective ways to nix the noise without the expense of installing soundproof windows.
Taking the steps to soundproof a window can reward you with more restful nights, reduced stress and improved cognitive performance. Let’s take a look at the two components of soundproofing your home:
Sound Reduction — Stops noise from entering through windows in your home in the first place.
Sound Absorption — Stops the noise that does get in from reverberating around the room.
Noise travels via vibrations carried by the air. Air sealing and insulation can help block noise from entering your home. First, decide if you need soundproofing or absorbing products. If noise is generating in a separate space from you, a soundproofing product is most ideal, since it’ll stop noise from traveling through windows, ceilings, doors and walls. If the sound is generating in the same space as you, then a sound absorption product is best to improve the overall acoustics of your environment by reducing echo.
The sound that does penetrate can be absorbed once it’s in the room to minimize reverberation. It’s best to avoid minimalist style of exposed brick and wood floors. Consider hanging acoustic panels or adorning your space with sound dampening rug pads, wall hangings, upholstered furniture and plants to help absorb sound.
Installing window inserts is one of the most effective ways to sound proof windows. Indow® Acoustic Grade window inserts can reduce up to 70% of outside noise when placed over single-pane windows and up to 50% of noise coming through double-pane windows. Whether it’s for an office or home, soundproofing windows has never been easier with our inserts that press into your existing window frame—no hassle, nails or adhesives required.
Edged with silicone compression tubing, not only do they block noise, they create a more comfortable and energy-efficient space. Our inserts produce a low profile, so they don’t interfere with the design of your home or your ability to see through the window. Getting an exact fit is essential in soundproofing a window, since gaps and spaces allow sound to seep inside. At Indow, we offer custom-made solutions to fit any unique window shape. Check out the video below to see a demonstration by home DIY resource center, The Craftsman Blog:
*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.
Sound damping curtains can also help you conquer outside noise pollution. They contain materials inside the lining that have soundproofing qualities such as mass-loaded vinyl. This is a quick solution, but be aware sound dampening curtains can be heavy and require special mounting hardware. Heavy drapes can also do the trick but will not be nearly as effective as a sound dampening curtain or inserts.
Despite your best room soundproofing efforts, the sound that does penetrate can be absorbed once it’s in the room to minimize reverberation. It’s best to avoid minimalist style of exposed brick and wood floors. Consider hanging Acoustic panels. Also, plush rugs with sound dampening rug pads, wall hangings, upholstered furniture and plants will help absorb sound.