Excessive noise in our homes can be a significant source of discomfort, frequently leading to a lack of sleep, decreased productivity, and increased stress levels. The problem is that it is not always within our power to control the noise, especially if it's coming from outside. So, what is the solution? There are several noise mitigation techniques that you can try to reduce sound levels and improve your overall living conditions. Here are a few of them:
Seal up gaps and cracks in doors and windows. Gaps and cracks can allow sound to travel easily into your home. Sealing these gaps and cracks can help reduce noise levels and improve your overall living conditions. You can use caulking, weatherstripping, or foam sealant to seal gaps and cracks around windows, doors, and baseboards.
Try to incorporate noise-absorbing materials in your home. Sound will reverberate off hard surfaces like walls and wooden floors, so adding soft materials that absorb sound better can make a significant difference. Consider putting carpet on the floors and adding more soft furniture items. If the noise problem is especially bad, you could also fit soundproof panels in a room to reduce sound transmission.
Do you have noisy appliances? Household appliances such as washing machines, air conditioners, and refrigerators can produce excessive noise at times. A simple solution is to replace them with quieter models. If this is out of the question, you could also try using vibration insulators to reduce the noise caused by vibrating appliances.
As you can see from these few suggestions, it is possible to reduce noise levels without resorting to more extreme measures.
Mike McFadden, Certified Master Home Inspector in Orlando, FL