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How to Increase Soundproofing for Windows in Boston

How to Increase Soundproofing for Windows in Boston

Your Boston home is supposed to be a calming escape from the everyday grind. It’s hard to embrace that when you’re dealing with undesirable sound from the world around you.

Maybe you can’t get well rested because your neighbor’s loud dog is an early bird. Or maybe aggravating traffic sounds are disturbing an afternoon set aside for reading.

All that outside noise isn’t just annoying. It’s damaging to your well-being. From increasing stress levels to interrupted sleep schedules, prolonged exposure to excessive noise can have real health effects. And don’t forget the damage it can do to your hearing.

What’s even worse than what harmful noise can do to your health? It’s a major prevalence in the normal lives of Americans. A study finished in 2017 by the Bureau of Transportation Statistics learned that 97% of the U.S. population is exposed to harmful levels of noise.1

What Can I Do to Lessen Outdoor Noise in My House?

If you want to dampen the noise in your home, there are a number of soundproofing solutions you can try on your own. From window treatments to implementing a cover, here’s what you can do yourself to produce a quieter environment.

  • Try New Interior Design.

    You can make an incredible difference without modifying the foundation of your home. Try adding some hefty blackout curtains to decrease noise. A rug on bare floors can absorb sound waves and prevent echoing. Wall hangings—like art or tapestries—can be useful too. And these items are uncomplicated to install. Read more from a design expert here.
  • Add Soundproof Curtains.

    If other measures just aren’t cutting it, you can try using more extreme soundproofing tools. Soundproof curtains can work, but they’re heavy and can be difficult to use. You can also add a glass sound barrier to your existing window with a soundproofing kit—but you need to double check it’s a perfect fit to keep out noise pollution. You can also cover the windows in your home with soundproof blankets or sound-blocking acoustic panels, but you will lose use of your windows for a view and sunlight.

What Can Pella Do to Help?

While there are a few DIY answers that can help with noise reduction, sometimes the smart investment is new windows. They’re a more lasting solution—and they’re a lot nicer looking than your other options.

With the Pella® Lifestyle Series, multiple panes of glass create a barrier between your home and the noise outside. And with performance options that reduce 52% more sound than single-pane windows, you’ll be able to relax better than ever before.2

Other than its soundproofing ability, our windows offer one more advantage in energy efficiency. While adding curtains or sealing gaps can also give you a hand in keeping energy costs down, very few solutions can match the Pella Lifestyle Series. In fact, the Pella Lifestyle Series has an option that is on average 83% more energy efficient than single-pane windows.3

If you’re tired of dealing with unwanted noise from outside your home, Pella of Boston can help. We’ll walk you through your window choices to reduce sound and help you find the solution that works for your home. Give us a call at 781-239-1161 or stop by our Pella Showroom.

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1 Bureau of Transportation Statistics, 2017.
2Reduction in sound based on OITC ratings of Pella Lifestyle Series windows with respective performance package compared to a single-pane wood or vinyl window with an OITC of 19. Calculated by using the sound transmission loss values in the 80 to 4000 Hz range as measured in accordance with ASTM E-90(09). Actual results may vary.
3Window energy efficiency calculated in a computer simulation using RESFEN 6.0 default parameters for a 2000-square-foot new construction single-story home when Pella Lifestyle Series windows with the respective performance package are compared to a single-pane wood or vinyl window. The energy efficiency and actual savings will vary by location. The average window energy efficiency is based on a national average of 94 modeled cities across the country and weighting based on population. For more details see pella.com/methodology.

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