Remember the last time you tried to catch up with your favorite book and you just couldn’t because there was your brother drumming away in all glory in the garage? Or your kids having the most
important conversation of their lives at the top of what their vocal chords could afford? Or your husband showing off his carpentry skills with the table saw?
Wouldn’t you want to muzzle away those sounds? A home acoustic insulation would definitely have saved you all the trouble of stapling the cardboard to the wall.
Modern homes have moved to newer trends having less/ thin walls for want of spacious spaces and open floor plans. Improved methods of getting around home chores have allowed us to add clamorous appliances around us. The fancy title of ‘Home theater owner’ with surround sound has only been setting the trend by rage. Gardening hobbyists can’t do away with the noisy machines. And the list is never ending! The noise-pollution is subtly around us and we are living amidst innumerable ones. We don’t realise that it has been infringing our privacy and has become a concomitant in our daily lives.
Here are 5 secrets of soundproofing for a quieter home:
A) Reduce noise makers — A quick and easy solution to reducing noises within your homes is to choose for affordable quieter appliances or replace the ones that make unbearable noise. Regularly check for
he appliances’ rattles or vibrations that could be resulting in improper placement or functioning. Get any unusual sound immediately fixed.
B) Curb ambient noise — Sound bounce around a room is inevitable. Adding soft material/ items to rooms like sound-blocking curtains, padded carpeting, and acoustic ceilings will reduce the noise transference. You can also choose
from acoustic tiles to drop-ceiling systems according your home requirements.
C) Sound-blocking doors — Most walls are characterized by large openings, usually the doors. Most interior doors are hollow and ineffective in blocking ambient noise.
Install solid doors to avoid noise moving from one room to another. It’s a viable solution whether or not you are remodeling or building a new home.
D) Hush outside noise — Sometimes, it’s not always the noise inside your homes that is adding to your discomfort. Noises outside your home and immediate surroundings could also be adding to
the extra noise. Sound tends to infiltrate through the tiniest gap available. Seal any holes and cracks around windows, doors, and siding. Add cap to chimneys.Adding mass to walls that face busy streets can help block noise.
E) Hush appliances and mechanical systems — Heating and plumbing systems not just create noise but also distribute it. Fix water hammer arresters around the copper pipes of dish washers to absorb the shock and lower the noise. Replace noisy sections of PVC pipes with cast iron pipes. Install separate runs of duct work for each register.
Make your home a peaceful dwelling with these simple tricks.